no thumbnail

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

no thumbnail

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

no thumbnail

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

no thumbnail

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

no thumbnail

Up, Up and Away

It was a gorgeously sunny and warm day for my weekly ride. It was nice enough I was able to ride outside in just a t-shirt for the first time this season. It should have come as no surprise then that there would be a lot of others out and about. No, ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

no thumbnail

Just Out of Reach

Luc had a bit of a vacation this week as his owner, my sister Jen, was out with a nasty cold. I don’t think it was any kind of hardship for him. If given the choice I think he’d like to be retired. I can totally relate. I did think his time off m...

By: Rusty Stirrup

no thumbnail

Spring Has Arrived!

Spring has finally arrived! Now I can only hope that it’s here to stay. It was a glorious day when I got out to the barn today. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and it was warm enough to ditch the jacket and just ride in a sweatshirt. I had a ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

no thumbnail

The Five-Minute Ride

So this week I did something I have never done before. I rode wearing my glasses. And by rode, I mean I hopped on for all of five minutes. Let me explain. I have been wearing glasses since I was 13. First I only needed them for driving, so much to th...

By: Rusty Stirrup

no thumbnail

A Year of Change

Well, it’s been just over a year since I got back in the saddle and a lot seems to have changed… or at least I hope it has. Let’s start with my confidence level. I used to get butterflies just mounting. Now I’m confident to walk, trot and can...

By: Rusty Stirrup

no thumbnail

Enjoy the Unexpected

Sometimes the best things in life are completely unexpected. And sometimes, the unexpected isn’t really unexpected. It’s premeditated by an enabler. Yup, I’m talking about Luc’s owner and my sister, Jen, again. She is definitely an enabler wh...

By: Rusty Stirrup