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Beautiful, Beautiful, Dirt

I never thought I’d get so excited over a bunch of dirt. But this week we got the best present a rider could ask for at the barn—more arena footing. It had been getting a little bare the past few weeks, so the barn owner brought in some dump truc...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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This Year I Will…

Okay, so I know I’m a little tardy with my New Year’s resolutions, but hey, better late than never, right? When I stopped to think about what I really wanted to focus on in 2016, one thing just kept coming up. Horses. I toyed with writing out a l...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Long and Low

This week we had a brief blast of winter. I woke up Saturday morning to snow, the first of the season that’s actually stayed on the ground. While it was only a centimeter or two, it was enough for me to hope that the minus five degree weather meant...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Poles, Poles and More Poles

So you know how last time I thought Luc came in looking filthy? This week was 10 times worse. And instead of just being coated in mud, it was something much, much smellier. Looks like he enjoys rolling around in poop. But of course, he is a grey afte...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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From Grey to Bay

I wasn’t really feeling it this week when we pulled up to the barn. I’d been up late the night before, and apart from being completely exhausted, wasn’t feeling well to boot. So I had already decided that it was going to be an easy ride (Luc lo...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Feeling My Age

Well, it finally happened. Despite some moaning and groaning in the past about how I was getting too old for riding, this week I felt it for real for the very first time. And I blame it all squarely on whomever the evil soul was who came up with the ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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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, Onta...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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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 a...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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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 ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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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 st...

By: Rusty Stirrup