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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Shires Equestrian Contest

I have never really though of myself as a lucky person, and I am not usually one to win contests or raffles.  I have never bought lottery tickets or placed bets on anything (other than random $2 bets at the track here and there haha).  However, over the last few years on social media, it seems there has been an increase in contests.  Generally, these contests are easy to enter and I am a firm believer that you can't win unless you try!

Last year I won a $250 shopping spree to Noble Outfitters, which was super exciting.  I had totally forgotten I had entered until I got the email that I won haha.  

A few weeks back, I entered a contest on Facebook through Shires Equestrian for a pair of rubber boots.  And much to my surprise, I won!





The prize was a new pair of Rockfish boots, which is perfect because we are right at the beginning of mud season.  I wore out a pair of original Hunter Wellies over the span of about fifteen years and bought my current pair five years ago that I am not in love with (they don't fit in the calf the same as the old ones, therefore are not as comfortable so I don't wear them much).  The Rockfish boots I chose are the original style in matte, as I did not want gloss and the neoprene lined ones seemed like they would be too warm.
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The boots arrived yesterday and I had to give them a try while I did chores.  They were super comfortable and fit my wide calf well.  I had no issues walking around, no feeling of blisters or the boots flopping around at all.  I ordered a size 6 and they appear to run true to size.  This is the Dragon Fly color, but there is black, grey, navy, and green available as well.  Obviously I cannot speak to durability yet, but they are well made and will probably last me just as long as my first original pair of Wellies haha.
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This is a super fun prize because while I already own a pair of decent rubber boots, I just don't wear them because they are not comfortable.  And I am too frugal to buy a new pair of boots like this haha.  I was actually really excited last month to hear that Target has partnered with Hunter and I could buy the low end $40 pair this coming weekend, but now that I have these spiffy new Rockfish boots, I won't need to run to Target haha.


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Comments

  1. Those are super nice!! Both my pairs of muck boots died this year, so I need to replace them. I handled a few pairs of these at Rolex last year and really liked them!

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    1. Ummmm they are teal, woman. You MUST HAVE THEM. ;-)

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  2. They are cute. Love the color. I have my original muck books (purple natch) but I need some cooler boots to wear during mud season when it is not subarctic LOL! I have my casual boots which are Shire's so I know their sizes run true. I will have to check these out. thanks!

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    1. They are super comfortable for rubber boots! Definitely would recommend checking them out!

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  3. Ooh congrats - those are super cute!!

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    1. Thank you! I guess I have to stop saying I never win anything haha.

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  4. oohh congrats!! I went through a winning phase but sadly it ended, lol. Good barn boots are so handy! Great prize!

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  5. I am sure this one too shall pass haha. But definitely love such a practical win!

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  6. I love the old Hunters but yeah I wore through mine and have heard that the new ones are not the same. You will need to write up a good post comparing as I am in need of a new pair (and the tack store sells Rockfish but I'm afraid to bite the bullet.) Congratulations!

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    1. I will definitely do that! I have worn them every day since they arrived and so far I love them!

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