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A Royal Adventure

So this past weekend instead of trucking out to the barn to ride Luc, I went substantially further and skipped riding in lieu of watching some of the best equestrians in the world go head to head at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario. And, of course, while I was there I had […]
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No Stirrups November

Okay, so I know November is already almost half over, but I thought I’d jump on the band wagon and do a little no stirrups work. I’ve been remiss in working on it for the past, oh about six months, so I figured I was due. Since it was cold, wet and snowing, I decided […]
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The Thing About Horses

The thing about horses is that with them you never know what you’re going to get. One day they could be calm and quiet, the next forward and flighty. Affectionate or standoffish, willing to work or not. But one thing is inevitable when it comes to working with horses. At some point in their lives, […]
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Where’s My Steady Eddy?

That’s the question I’d like answered this week. What happened to my nice steady eddy Luc who happily packed me safely around with very few cares in the world? Fall – that’s what happened. The fall friskies have taken hold and instead of a steady eddy ride, I got one on a rocket ship headed […]
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The Feeling of Fall

Fall is most definitely in the air. It was another crisp sunny morning when I headed out to the barn. Luc and I are both on the mend – and thankfully, we’ve both been cleared for light work, so it seemed like the ideal day to head out on the trails. Despite the fact Luc […]
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Gimpy One & Gimpy Two

Well this week it was a battle between Gimpy One and Gimpy Two. Gimpy One, aka Luc, still has tender feet, although they’re doing much better. That means he’s still not really back to work. Instead, he’s been enjoying bareback walks around the grass field to keep circulation moving. Gimpy Two is me. Earlier in […]
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And Then There Were None

So this was my first chance to see Luc since returning from my amazing trip to Florida, and I have to say, he put a smile on my face and warmed my heart – which I needed since it’s official, summer is gone. It was wet, cold and windy. And that meant Luc and I […]
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The Happiest Place on Earth

I flew south to Florida this week to spend my valuable vacation time in the happiest place on Earth. No, not Disneyworld – Dover! It seems a little silly to be so irrationally excited to be hitting up tack stores across the border, but I have to admit it was a highlight of my trip. […]
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Shuffling Along

This week’s ride wasn’t really a ride. It was more of a shuffle. As in instead of moving forward, Luc and I just shuffled along pretending to be going forward. The heavy dew meant it was too wet to ride in the grass ring, so instead of relegating Luc to the indoor arena, I decided […]
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It’s Show Time!

So this week I skipped my ride on Luc, and it was completely worth it! Jen (Luc’s actual owner and my sister) were off to a show – their first and only of the season. I, of course, played happy groom again. That meant making Luc look all shiny and clean, and trying to keep […]
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Playing with Pebbles

Nine days, six rides, one fall, and one new four-legged friend later and my time with the lovely mare Pebbles has come to an end. A big thank you again to her owner, Emily, for giving me the pleasure of riding her mare while she was out of town. It was an absolute blast! Despite […]
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Pride Comes Before the Fall

Well, it finally happened. I hit the dirt today. Hard. My fifteen year streak of not experiencing any unplanned dismounts has finally come to an end…and in one of those ways that you never really see coming. Let me rewind a bit and give you a little background. I had the amazing opportunity to ride […]
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All Wound Up and Nowhere to Go

Here comes the dink mobile! That’s how my day with Luc started. After bringing him in from the field it seemed that standing in the crossties was just too much for his poor little brain to handle. There was dancing. And prancing. And some spooking and sidestepping just for fun. That resulted in some disciplinary […]
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From Peppy to Petered Out

This week’s ride started off with some unexpected visitors. As I was trekking out to the very back corner of Luc’s very large summer turnout pasture, I came across a rafter of turkeys (had to look that one up). A group of 12 or so were standing amongst the horses. When they spotted Luc’s owner, […]
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Squiggly, Wiggly Me

The riding gods were smiling down on me this week. Luc’s abscess, and it was definitely an abscess, blew earlier in the week. It came out his heel and left a big ugly hole, but he was much happier and completely sound. His owner, my sister Jen, rode him a few times before my day […]