Found 113 Results from Rusty Stirrup

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Not Our Day to Shine

This week was a bit of a gong show. I sent Jen (Luc’s owner and my sister) off to the barn without me as I had a prior commitment and thought I wasn’t going to be able to make it out to ride. As it turns out, that commitment got cut short, so somehow I […]
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The Early Bird Gets the Worm

They say the early bird gets the worm – or in my case, the entire arena to myself. This week I was at the barn bright and early for my ride (sorry barn owners!). The sun was just stating to rise, and I was hoping for a spectacular show so I could get some stunning […]
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Horse People Are Crazy

There’s just no denying it. From spending more on their horse (who is often better dressed) than themselves, to waking up at ungodly hours to get ready for a show (where for many the only reward is a $2 ribbon), to being able to call up their vet, farrier and trainer’s numbers from memory, but […]
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Amazing, Fantastic, Fun!

Those are all the words I would use to describe this week’s ride. Luc was absolutely amazing! There was a lot going on – new dogs (a lot of barking ensued), school horses coming in and out (the lesson program just started at the farm), and just a ton of commotion overall. He was a […]
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Dressage Day

Despite the fact that it was even colder and snowier than last week, I was determined to ride. It’s strange how much I miss it after skipping just one week when I went years without putting a foot in the stirrup. But I was certainly itching to ride this week, and nothing was going to […]
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Snow Day!

This week I opted not to ride again, as sad as that is. It was frigid. Again. But what really stopped me was the snow. It was coming down fast and heavy and I didn’t really want to get stranded at the barn after my ride! Luc didn’t seem to mind the break, and in […]
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Hurray for Jumping!

I’m betting the title of this week’s post pretty much gives away what I did during my ride, and how it went. And let me tell you, it went fabulously well. The temperature was a balmy minus 15 degrees Celsius, which felt practically tropical after the frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing of late. That alone […]
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It Finally Happened

So it finally happened. It got too cold for me to ride. The mercury dropped below minus 30 degrees without the wind chill, and my fingers and toes just couldn’t take it. I started out the day with every intention of riding. I got all bundled up and headed out to the barn, but then […]
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At a Loss

Honestly, there isn’t a great deal to relay about this week’s ride. It was cold, but not too cold. Luc was good, but not spectacular, and I was content to mostly just hack around the arena. But I’m completely okay with that because sometimes that’s all you really feel like doing. We did work on […]
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The Ice Horse Cometh

You know how I mentioned earlier that there’s a temperature when it just becomes too cold for me to ride? Well this week we came pretty darn close. With the mercury flirting with minus 30 degree Celsius, I wasn’t sure my fingers and toes could survive a ride – even a short one. But I […]
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Another Major Milestone

So last week I posed the question how do you stay motivated to ride over the winter? Well let me tell you, reaching a major milestone in your re-riding career certainly helps. I am still so amped up from my ride that I wish I could go back to the barn and RIDE RIGHT NOW. […]
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When Hibernation is Not an Option

It’s cold. Really cold. And it’s only going to get colder. So I’ll likely be riding inside, in the non-heated, not-even-insulated arena for the remainder of winter, which in Canada means well into the time you think it should be spring. Honestly, frozen fingers and toes, ride after ride of going in circles, and dealing […]
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Just a Little Higher

This week I decided to challenge myself. Since the sand ring was out of commission, I knew I was going to have to ride in the arena. It can get a little boring in there sometimes, so I decided to spice things up a little and ride bareback again. It’s becoming my new favourite thing […]
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Lead a Horse to Water

You know the old saying you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. Well, it’s true. This week, frustratingly so. The barn installed new drinking posts for the horses, a type of automatic waterer none of the horses on the property had encountered before, and there was quite the learning […]
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Riding in a Winter Wonderland

Horses neigh, are you listening? In the field, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, we’re happy alright, riding in a winter wonderland. There’s just something magical about a fresh snowfall, so naturally I had to take advantage of it and go for my very first snowy ride! It seems strange to me that in all […]