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Playing with Pebbles

Nine days, six rides, one fall, and one new four-legged friend later and my time with the lovely mare Pebbles has come to an end. A big thank you again to her owner, Emily, for giving me the pleasure of riding her mare while she was out of town. It w...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Pride Comes Before the Fall

Well, it finally happened. I hit the dirt today. Hard. My fifteen year streak of not experiencing any unplanned dismounts has finally come to an end…and in one of those ways that you never really see coming. Let me rewind a bit and give you a littl...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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All Wound Up and Nowhere to Go

Here comes the dink mobile! That’s how my day with Luc started. After bringing him in from the field it seemed that standing in the crossties was just too much for his poor little brain to handle. There was dancing. And prancing. And some spooking ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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From Peppy to Petered Out

This week’s ride started off with some unexpected visitors. As I was trekking out to the very back corner of Luc’s very large summer turnout pasture, I came across a rafter of turkeys (had to look that one up). A group of 12 or so were standing a...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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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