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Another Year Older

I am now not the only one who’s another year older. Luc officially turned 10, and still seems as full of life as the day he was born. This year for his birthday, I decided my gift to him is going to be me getting in better shape so that it’s easi...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Sweet Freedom!

The sun was shining, a warm breeze was blowing and Luc was his happy relaxed self. This week’s ride was the best one yet, and all I did was walk! I arrived at the barn to find Luc waiting for me at the gate, and for once he actually looked relative...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Outside at Last!

After days and days of rain, the sun finally made an appearance just in time for me to have my first ride outside. The rain broke just as I arrived at the barn, and started back up again right after I left. I’d love to say the few bright minutes of...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Luc’s love is fickle and totally dependant on when the last time you fed him a treat was. But I’ve always felt I was a little more special to him than just the average carrot-wielding human. After all, I have known him since the day he was born. ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Bringing Out the Big Guns

I’ve now been back in the saddle for more than a month, and while I feel like I’m getting a little stronger every ride, Luc likes to remind me that I still have a long way to go before I’m back in fighting form. This week he really kept me humb...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Definitely Not Any Wiser

It would seem that I was right last week when I mentioned that while I may be older, I’m not really any wiser. This week I did something I haven’t done since my early teenage years. I made the very poor decision to ride even though I was injured....

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Well, it finally happened. I turned 30. And I don’t feel old at all—well except for my muscles that are still protesting loudly from my latest ride. In fact, I feel invigorated now that I’m riding again. It’s amazing how returning to an old p...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Invisible Monsters

I have a confession to make. I’m not nearly as brave as I pretend to be. Some of you may have guessed as much after my last post outlining the completely irrational fear I have of mounting blocks. That didn’t go away this week, but at least it wa...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Finally Back in the Saddle!

It’s been more than a decade since I ended my illustrious junior career, going out in glory by finally jumping cleanly around a 3’6” course. For those that knew me during the early days of my riding, they know what an accomplishment that was. T...

By: Rusty Stirrup