Knowing when it’s Time to say Goodbye

They’ve been with you for years.

They’ve been part of your life.

You’ve spent hours and hours in each other’s company, day in, day out.

You’ve walked or ridden, for a thousand miles or more, together.

You might even have been turning a blind eye to their slow demise for quite some time.

Of course, you knew all along that the day would come.  You might have started preparing yourself for it.  Maybe you’ve been looking at potential replacements every so often.  Heck, maybe you even introduced a replacement or two into your life a while back, but you’re still putting off that Final Farewell.

But deep down, you know that Departure Day is approaching.

How can you be sure that it’s the right time to say goodbye?

I think it’s time I faced the truth.  My beloved old Ariats are finished.  They’re holey, down-at-heel and tatty.  The plastic trim around the toes is cracked and flaking off.  The lining inside is beginning to fall apart.  They’ve been letting water in for quite some time now.

I have travelled literally thousands of kilometres in these boots.  They’ve been my hiking boots and my riding boots for more than four years now and have been worn almost every day of those four years.  Before I left Ireland, I bought their replacements at TRI Equestrian, but they just don’t feel the same.  They’re a chunkier, heavier boot and they feel stiff and weird on my feet.

I’ll just have to get used to them, I suppose.

OK, Ariat Tellurides.  You’ve been promoted to being my No. 1 pair of boots.

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Farewell, my old friends.  The dumpster awaits.

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What?  You didn’t realise I was talking about boots?

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23 thoughts on “Knowing when it’s Time to say Goodbye

  1. I knew (or was pretty darn sure) you weren’t talking about a horse. Sad but not sad enough. I thought you might be talking about the blog. (Oh noooo!). So, you got me.

    Once time I bought new boots, the store owner (& a friend) insisted on throwing out my old boots then & there. She knew I wouldn’t otherwise.

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    • Lol that would have been me, too! I kept the laces and there was a kind of leather insert above the tongue which I was going to keep. The LSH told me not to be silly. He was probably right.

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  2. I had a pair of Lowa hiking boots I had to toss last year. The uppers were fine … the soles started crumbling. Literally little bits fell off with each step and I was tripping over the floppy bits. The repair shop said even if glued it back together (I had tried with the Shoe-Goo) that the crumbling would continue. I did manage to find a replacement pair but I had to purchase an older model Men’s boot, not a ladies pair. They had changed the style too much and they didn’t fit properly. I will have to check the Ariats next time I am looking for boots.

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  3. There I was, on the verge of tears, thinking something had happened to Cinnie (you’d written about both Aero & Flurry recently and neither Cookie nor Rosie is old enough to merit such a post so I figured they were all ok)… and it’s the fe**ing BOOTS?!?!?

    I’m glad you have the replacements ready to go. Have fun breaking them in!

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  4. OK, you got me! And then I got to the end–I’m in the same boat with my Ariat Terrains! They only lasted 2 years, but I guess I’m pretty hard on them. The stitching is blowing out everywhere, but they are still more comfortable than my Ariat paddock boots, so I keep wearing them, despite the water, hay, shavings, etc. that gets inside. Maybe this will be the year I get some new boots too!

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    • I looked after these boots really well for the first two years and I think that’s part of why they lasted so long. My previous boots only lasted 12 to 18 months, with the same care, so I guess it’s down to quality at the end of the day. You get what you pay for (sometimes)

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  5. You had me going, you did. But I DO understand the feeling for a pair of boots. You feel…well, terrible. There’s still a usable scrap on them. The laces aren’t THAT bad…but it comes down, eventually, to this point.
    I’ve learned that, unlike animals, or people, or even plants, boots don’t ‘heal’. they don’t “get better’ with rest and time.. So putting the beloved boots in the closet, with the idea that ‘eventually’ you’ll get rid of them, doesn’t work. They’re dead now, they’ll be dead in a year, but dusty.
    You’ve memoralized them in print and picture.
    Close your eyes and do the deed…or better yet, have someone else toss them in the dumpster for you.

    THEN…Go SHOPPING. 😉

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  6. I have those same boots! They are wearing in the same spots, too. I usually call them my air vents, but water and sand are not my friend with them. I really need new ones, too. But they are so comfy!

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  7. Sometimes it is a hard decision to let our old friends go. I’ve been guilty of this too. My kids say I’m a pack rat and clean out the old crap. Out with the old in with the new. You’ll get used to them after they break in and with the winter coming you’ll be happy for dry feet.

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  8. I was about to shed a tear thinking the worst as happened to one of your ponies and then the kicker it’s all about the boots. You should have them bronzed like my Mom did with our baby shoes. They can be a center piece on the dinning room table.

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