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Fickleness of the Riding Gods

Well this week I just wasn’t in favour of the riding gods. Luc has been off all week, with what we think is an abscess brewing. Despite Jen, Luc’s owner, diligently soaking his foot every day, by the time my riding day rolled around, it still hadn’t popped. In fact, it might even have gotten […]
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My Horse Is Super Special

There’s just something special about Luc. And I don’t mean in the he’s such an amazing, outstanding, once-in-a lifetime horse kind of way. He is all those things, but when I say “special”, I mean that if there’s a way to get into trouble in new and interesting ways, he’ll find it. This week Luc […]
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Vaulting Here I Come…Or Maybe Not!

So this week I decided to ride bareback again. It’s been a while and I always find it fun, while testing my skill as a rider. It’s not always easy to keep a steady seat when you don’t have a saddle. I started off with a big win – I got on Luc without anyone […]
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Perfecting Puddles

So this week it was wet at the barn. Really wet. I was lucky enough that the torrential downpours we’d had for the past several days subsided and it was nice and sunny, but unfortunately nearly everything – including Luc’s field and the sand ring – was underwater. So when life gives you rain, you […]
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Opened But Not Quite Closed

So this week I opted to ride in the sand ring instead of the grass field. Given how distracted and spooky Luc was in there last week I thought it was the wiser choice, especially since this week there was a crew working on the fence in that ring. I mounted just outside using my […]
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Spooking, Spooking and More Spooking!

That was the theme of this week’s ride. It was a beautiful day, albeit a bit windy, and I had been planning on another day of no stirrups work. Luc, however, had other plans. After mounting up I headed down the driveway to get to the entrance of the grass ring. Every other step Luc […]
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A Big Boost of Confidence

I’m over the moon as I write this blog. I’ve just finished what has to be the best ride I’ve had since getting back in the saddle. I couldn’t be happier with Luc, and amazingly, I couldn’t be prouder of myself. Things started off with a failed attempt at a photoshoot with Luc, as is […]
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I’m on Fire!

This week I was totally on fire. Not in the sense that I’m doing amazingly awesome, more in the sense that I took away my own stirrups again this week and my legs were burning by the end of my ride. I decided after last week’s jumping fun it was time to do some actual […]
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It Started with a Bang

This week’s ride started with a bang and ended with a thud. While that may sound a little ominous, let me assure you it wasn’t. It all started when we arrived at the barn. The annual spring cleanup was underway, which meant dump trucks, tractors and other machinery working around the farm, in Luc’s field, […]
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Up, Up and Away

It was a gorgeously sunny and warm day for my weekly ride. It was nice enough I was able to ride outside in just a t-shirt for the first time this season. It should have come as no surprise then that there would be a lot of others out and about. No, I’m not talking […]
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Just Out of Reach

Luc had a bit of a vacation this week as his owner, my sister Jen, was out with a nasty cold. I don’t think it was any kind of hardship for him. If given the choice I think he’d like to be retired. I can totally relate. I did think his time off might translate […]
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Spring Has Arrived!

Spring has finally arrived! Now I can only hope that it’s here to stay. It was a glorious day when I got out to the barn today. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and it was warm enough to ditch the jacket and just ride in a sweatshirt. I had a nice surprise […]
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The Five-Minute Ride

So this week I did something I have never done before. I rode wearing my glasses. And by rode, I mean I hopped on for all of five minutes. Let me explain. I have been wearing glasses since I was 13. First I only needed them for driving, so much to the horror of my […]
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A Year of Change

Well, it’s been just over a year since I got back in the saddle and a lot seems to have changed… or at least I hope it has. Let’s start with my confidence level. I used to get butterflies just mounting. Now I’m confident to walk, trot and canter bareback, ride and jump without stirrups, […]
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Enjoy the Unexpected

Sometimes the best things in life are completely unexpected. And sometimes, the unexpected isn’t really unexpected. It’s premeditated by an enabler. Yup, I’m talking about Luc’s owner and my sister, Jen, again. She is definitely an enabler when it comes to my riding. Not only is she the one who finally convinced me to get […]