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Squiggly, Wiggly Me

The riding gods were smiling down on me this week. Luc’s abscess, and it was definitely an abscess, blew earlier in the week. It came out his heel and left a big ugly hole, but he was much happier and completely sound. His owner, my sister Jen, rod...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Fickleness of the Riding Gods

Well this week I just wasn’t in favour of the riding gods. Luc has been off all week, with what we think is an abscess brewing. Despite Jen, Luc’s owner, diligently soaking his foot every day, by the time my riding day rolled around, it still had...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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My Horse Is Super Special

There’s just something special about Luc. And I don’t mean in the he’s such an amazing, outstanding, once-in-a lifetime horse kind of way. He is all those things, but when I say “special”, I mean that if there’s a way to get into trouble ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Vaulting Here I Come…Or Maybe Not!

So this week I decided to ride bareback again. It’s been a while and I always find it fun, while testing my skill as a rider. It’s not always easy to keep a steady seat when you don’t have a saddle. I started off with a big win – I got on Luc...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Perfecting Puddles

So this week it was wet at the barn. Really wet. I was lucky enough that the torrential downpours we’d had for the past several days subsided and it was nice and sunny, but unfortunately nearly everything – including Luc’s field and the sand ri...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Opened But Not Quite Closed

So this week I opted to ride in the sand ring instead of the grass field. Given how distracted and spooky Luc was in there last week I thought it was the wiser choice, especially since this week there was a crew working on the fence in that ring. I m...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Spooking, Spooking and More Spooking!

That was the theme of this week’s ride. It was a beautiful day, albeit a bit windy, and I had been planning on another day of no stirrups work. Luc, however, had other plans. After mounting up I headed down the driveway to get to the entrance of th...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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A Big Boost of Confidence

I’m over the moon as I write this blog. I’ve just finished what has to be the best ride I’ve had since getting back in the saddle. I couldn’t be happier with Luc, and amazingly, I couldn’t be prouder of myself. Things started off with a fai...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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I’m on Fire!

This week I was totally on fire. Not in the sense that I’m doing amazingly awesome, more in the sense that I took away my own stirrups again this week and my legs were burning by the end of my ride. I decided after last week’s jumping fun it was ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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It Started with a Bang

This week’s ride started with a bang and ended with a thud. While that may sound a little ominous, let me assure you it wasn’t. It all started when we arrived at the barn. The annual spring cleanup was underway, which meant dump trucks, tractors ...

By: Rusty Stirrup