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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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The Funny Thing About Confidence

The funny thing about confidence is that you never really know when you’re going to get a big boost of it. I was pretty pumped about conquering my nerves last week and finally making it back over a 3’ fence, but I never expected what happened thi...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Back to the Big League

This week it was mission accomplished! I finally made it back to the big league and took Luc over a three foot fence. Yes, to me, three feet is the big league. But it was no easy task getting there. It all started when Luc and I walked into the arena...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Hands Free Riding

After a month of rides without stirrups, I thought I’d try something a little different this week – riding without hands. Inspired by all the amazing freestyle videos floating around on the internet, I thought ‘Luc and I can do that.’ Well, a...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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She Can Be Taught

That’s right. It’s not just the horses who learn something from us every time we get in the saddle. We riders tend to learn a little something too. This week, for me it was that I can use common sense. My mother will be so proud to hear it! After...

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