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I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

This week was a bit of an oddity. Instead of riding alone in the ring with no one but Jen, Luc’s owner and my sister, on the ground for support, I had the opportunity to actually ride with a friend—Ashley and her lovely six-year-old gelding Gideo...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Pushing Through the Wall

Have you ever been so exhausted that you can barely remember your own name? That was me this week, walking around in a state of mental fog so thick I wasn’t sure which direction I was headed. Not an ideal state of mind to be riding a 1,300lb animal...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

That’s what I’ve been trying to make my motto of late. Things have been a whole lot of hectic in my day-to-day life and I’ve felt a little overwhelmed. So overwhelmed in fact that this weekend I wasn’t even sure I felt like riding. It was jus...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Exploit the Weakness

Some animals know when their owners are sick. They stick close, cuddle, and do their best to be helpful and faithful companions. And then there’s Luc. Instead of being saintly, he took the opportunity to be a sinner. I’m suffering from a rather s...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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A Heels Down Kind of Day

Wind and rain and snow – oh my! It was a blustery day at the barn this weekend, with strong winds, heavy rain, and snow sliding off the arena roof left right and center. After bringing Luc into the barn, I had a feeling it might be an explosive kin...

By: 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 somethi...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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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....

By: Rusty Stirrup

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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 be...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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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 ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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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, fre...

By: Rusty Stirrup