I ordered these from Smart Pak last Wednesday and they were on my front porch on Friday. Love
Riva has never had back boots on, so it took her a few walk steps to adjust. She seems to warm up so quickly since I started using boots. I had thought that her knee caused stiffness issues but maybe she was catching her front leg with a back hoof frequently and causing soreness. Now, she trots right out with no stiffness issues. Would have put boots on her long ago if I had known this!
For the past two glorious fall like weather days (only 60 degrees when I rode yesterday afternoon) we have warmed up on the galloping track - 3 times around, alternating trot and canter work - with very little walking and then in to school in the outdoor dressage arena.
We are concentrating on canter circles with prompt departs and smooth downward transitions. Also working on our trot diagonal - aiming for some extension. Have been working on the stretchy trot circle (we will need this in Training Level next year) and Riva really likes this - I am working on keeping a connection and encouraging her to lift her back and stretch. With the weather change, forward has not been a problem - the horses definitely respond to the chill in the air!
I have to say, it is so fun to work on canter now. I am starting to really like this gait! I do have to remind myself to keep equal weight in both stirrups - esp. my right side. I chant to myself "right leg, right foot, right leg, right foot"...helps me!