Found 113 Results from Rusty Stirrup

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I Can’t Feel My Face When I’m With You

Frigid cold temperatures (-45C with the wind chill) was the story of the weekend. And while I really would have rather curled up inside under the blankets with a big cup of hot cocoa, that wasn’t an option. Just because I don’t want to do something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to get done. In […]
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Ride and Repeat

When presented with the opportunity to ride not once, but twice, on the same day, why would anyone say no? That’s the opportunity I was presented with this weekend. I started my day off in the usual way, with a trip out to the barn where Luc lives. Thanks to the less than stellar winter […]
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Relax and Enjoy the Ride

That was my motto this week. After last week’s wild bareback ride, this week I was determined to have a relaxing and enjoyable time. Thankfully, Luc seemed to agree. I had been a bit hesitant when Jen, Luc’s owner and my sister, told me he had been a bit on the crazy side the day […]
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Jen Warned Me!

You may be wondering a bit about the title of this week’s ride. Well, it’s in honour of my sister Jen, who just happens to be Luc’s owner. But let me back up a bit and provide just a little more context. This weekend it was cold. Darn cold. So cold that I thought that […]
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Beating the Winter Blues

While there are some things I really love about winter – the snow, the copious amounts of hot chocolate I feel entitled to drink, and some of those fabulous winter activities – there are also those aspects of the season I dread. Cold weather, freezing rain, slippery ice-coated walkways, and being trapped in an indoor […]
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Beautiful, Beautiful, Dirt

I never thought I’d get so excited over a bunch of dirt. But this week we got the best present a rider could ask for at the barn—more arena footing. It had been getting a little bare the past few weeks, so the barn owner brought in some dump trucks and performed her magic. The […]
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This Year I Will…

Okay, so I know I’m a little tardy with my New Year’s resolutions, but hey, better late than never, right? When I stopped to think about what I really wanted to focus on in 2016, one thing just kept coming up. Horses. I toyed with writing out a list of the things I wanted to […]
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Long and Low

This week we had a brief blast of winter. I woke up Saturday morning to snow, the first of the season that’s actually stayed on the ground. While it was only a centimeter or two, it was enough for me to hope that the minus five degree weather meant the ground at the barn was […]
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Poles, Poles and More Poles

So you know how last time I thought Luc came in looking filthy? This week was 10 times worse. And instead of just being coated in mud, it was something much, much smellier. Looks like he enjoys rolling around in poop. But of course, he is a grey after all! He was so disgusting, in […]
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From Grey to Bay

I wasn’t really feeling it this week when we pulled up to the barn. I’d been up late the night before, and apart from being completely exhausted, wasn’t feeling well to boot. So I had already decided that it was going to be an easy ride (Luc loves those!). Jen, Luc’s owner and my sister, […]
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The Funny Thing About Confidence

The funny thing about confidence is that you never really know when you’re going to get a big boost of it. I was pretty pumped about conquering my nerves last week and finally making it back over a 3’ fence, but I never expected what happened this week. It turns out all I needed to […]
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Back to the Big League

This week it was mission accomplished! I finally made it back to the big league and took Luc over a three foot fence. Yes, to me, three feet is the big league. But it was no easy task getting there. It all started when Luc and I walked into the arena. There are some newly […]
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Hands Free Riding

After a month of rides without stirrups, I thought I’d try something a little different this week – riding without hands. Inspired by all the amazing freestyle videos floating around on the internet, I thought ‘Luc and I can do that.’ Well, as it turns out, not so much. Smart enough not to just jump […]
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She Can Be Taught

That’s right. It’s not just the horses who learn something from us every time we get in the saddle. We riders tend to learn a little something too. This week, for me it was that I can use common sense. My mother will be so proud to hear it! After the last time I rode […]
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Feeling My Age

Well, it finally happened. Despite some moaning and groaning in the past about how I was getting too old for riding, this week I felt it for real for the very first time. And I blame it all squarely on whomever the evil soul was who came up with the idea of No Stirrups November. […]