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Portrait Of Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn equestrienne style

Still a special place in my heart for Equestrian Style…

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t horse crazy. I lived for my weekly riding lessons from the time I was four or five, but it wasn’t enough. I pestered my parents for years for a horse, and thinking I’d never follow through they made a deal with me when I turned nine: if I took care of the animals we had, fed them and groomed them and made their vet appointments for the next year, they’d get me a horse for my tenth birthday. They underestimated my passion and determination. 🙂 We got one horse, then my dad started riding and found that he loved it. One horse became two, and for a few years, I was in horse heaven until my parents divorced and I had to sell mine. My dad continued to keep horses though, so I was able to ride whenever I visited him. I still miss being around horses, and hope that someday I can make that a regular part of my life again. There’s nothing like a pair of riding boots to make me nostalgic…however I can’t wear an equestrian look head-to-toe, it feels too literal and costume-y. I like to mix it up a bit.

It’s officially Boot Season here in the Northern Hemisphere, and whether you’ve been searching for a pair of classic riding boots or au courant ankle boots, there are plenty of options still on sale at Nordstrom….


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  1. November 13, 2013 / 4:49 am

    I think it is so wonderful you were able to live your dream for a time, and I bet will live it again, I loved horses and my bicycle was my pretend horse most of my childhood…remember Annette Funicello in The Horsemasters…my favorite movie!! I need a new pair of black boots…my daughter “Borrowed” my Nordstroms Anniversary Sale purchase…so I think I am officially in the market. Thanks for sharing a snippet of your past!

    • susie
      November 13, 2013 / 4:59 am

      Oh my goodness I am an owner of a horse farm here in Ga and now I know why I love you!! We have that horsey gene. Boots! My favorite post of yours so far! I must say, we do the western thing, but Ariat boots are not only comfortable REAL riding boots, but have been blinging it up so you look great all the time. Just remember if you wear your spurs out to the grocery store you are a phony.

  2. November 13, 2013 / 6:17 am

    I don’t think I can choose a favorite – you have such exquisite taste! Just surprise me : > Love the photo.

  3. November 13, 2013 / 8:14 am

    I used to work in a shop where we sold Frye boots, and I had a pair for awhile. I can’t remember why I got rid of them, but I know that wearing them in snow didn’t do them any good. I still want to have another pair of Frye boots – maybe this is the year!

  4. November 13, 2013 / 8:56 pm

    I somehow missed the horse attraction gene. But that photo of Audrey is wonderful!! I have a nice pair of black boots I bought for our London trip last winter, and then I ended up buying another pair of brogues there I wore all winter! This post is reminding me to get those nice boots AND the brogues out of the back of the closet.

  5. Chris
    November 13, 2013 / 9:02 pm

    Oh, I love me some boots!

  6. California Girl
    November 13, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    I’he had many GFs with that passion for horses. I like them but I still refer to them as “horsies”.

  7. November 13, 2013 / 11:28 pm

    I am not very keen on horses. Well I love the animal, but ring them is another matter, LOl
    Love the boots though.
    have a fabulous day Susan.

  8. Doedi
    November 14, 2013 / 7:25 pm

    You can get back into riding. I sold my horse a few years ago, but I try to manage a ride once a week with a friend or by taking a lesson. When I am at the barn I don’t think about the “outside world” for an hour or so. Remember what Churchill said about the outside of a horse being good for the inside of a man (or a woman).

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