For the past couple years I’ve had the pleasure of visiting family in Bolivia, South America. Most of my family lives in Santa Cruz and La Paz. One of the things I like to do is visit the riding clubs, obviously because I myself ride horses, but also because of their history and sense of community centered around horses. The club in La Paz is where the riders in my family first learned to ride and it is one of my favorite places to visit in Bolivia. Club Hipico Los Sargentos is nestled in the mountains of La Paz, Bolivia. The club offers many different amenities such as horse-back riding, soccer, racquet ball, tennis, a shooting range and a gymnasium with various fitness classes. This year, on October 27th, the club is hosting the 2012 Campeonato Nacional, national show jumping championship. Clubs, riders, and horses from all over Bolivia will travel to La Paz to compete.
Here are some pictures from my visit in December:
The club house exterior
The interior of the club house and a view of the pool
View from the grand prix field
One of the private barns and the beautiful winding road leading up to it
The CWD leather boots are great for the show ring. I’ve tried so many different brands of leather boots and all are way too stiff and leave sores on my horses legs. But these CWD boots are amazing because the leather is so soft and they look great!
The Doda boots are also pretty great. The pressure points on the inside help your horse really lift their legs over the jump. I’ve used these in the jumpers and have seen many people use them in the schooling ring for hunters. But they don’t work on every horse.
Eskadron boots are very popular and great for schooling. The new ones have vents which help keep your horse cool. However the buckles don’t seem very durable. I know the velcro was a problem because it would wear out quickly, but at least velcro is easy to replace.
EquiFit is by far my favorite brand of boots. The memory foam offers the best support and comfort for your horse. I use the front and hind T-Boots for my horse in the jumpers. These hind Xcel boots are great for horses that need the extra help lifting their hind legs because you can add weights. They are a good alternative for horses that don’t respond to the pressure points on the Doda boots.
Veredus is another popular brand. I’ve never tried them but have always been curious. The gel seems to offer good support but what I really like is the extra protection from the carbon fiber shell. These would be great for schooling or showing.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show starts today! Some of the best equestrian athletes travel to Harrisburg, PA to give it their all. Really wishing I was there to watch the amazing riders and horses perform. Watch live streaming of the events on the USEF Network.
Back on Track products are a must have. The way they work is clay particles are melted into the thread that radiates heat back to the body. This can help with increasing blood circulation, muscle relief, and injury prevention. There are products for horses, people, and dogs. I’ve used some of the horse products and I love them.
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