In Which We Meet Nice Men With Chainsaws
Yesterday Dino and I went on a leisurely walk down the road. It was 70 degrees, gloriously sunny, a light breeze was blowing, and we were definitely overdue for an out of the ring adventure. I rode in a short sleeved shirt! It was wondrous. Hello, spring!
On our way out to the big fields, we seemed to meet just about everyone in the neighborhood. An old man with a tractor moving rocks around his yard, people out gardening, and the absolute best - 3 guys with chainsaws doing some tree work.
Dino was, naturally, not at all perturbed by the noise of the saws, but the tree guys were SO considerate and turned them off as we passed by. I stopped to say hi and thank them, and then they asked if they could pet my pony! It was so amusing to see three grown men get so excited over seeing a horse up close, and I absolutely love when Dino and I can be equine ambassadors to non-horse people. The guys really enjoyed meeting Dino, and it was really fun to chat with them.
My pony was not super motivated about doing any actual work, and grudgingly trotted up a little hill a few times before we continued our stroll. On the way home, we met a lovely old gentleman out walking his Dalmatian, and chatted with him, too. It was a wonderful day for walking and socializing!
In other news, I've been trying to wear my new tall boots to continue the breaking-in process, and they are killing me. My left foot fell asleep yesterday during my ride. How long is this supposed to take?! I've ridden in them probably.. I don't know, 7 times or so now? Should they be broken in by now? Am I being a weenie? WHY ARE THEY SO TIGHT?! They (thankfully) aren't giving me blisters but they seem to be taking their sweet time with the break-in process. Does anyone have any tips on breaking in boots faster? I am leery of dunking my boots in a bathtub, they cost too much money to replace if that process goes awry!