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Dressage Day

Despite the fact that it was even colder and snowier than last week, I was determined to ride. It’s strange how much I miss it after skipping just one week when I went years without putting a foot in the stirrup. But I was certainly itching to ride...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Snow Day!

This week I opted not to ride again, as sad as that is. It was frigid. Again. But what really stopped me was the snow. It was coming down fast and heavy and I didn’t really want to get stranded at the barn after my ride! Luc didn’t seem to mind t...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Hurray for Jumping!

I’m betting the title of this week’s post pretty much gives away what I did during my ride, and how it went. And let me tell you, it went fabulously well. The temperature was a balmy minus 15 degrees Celsius, which felt practically tropical after...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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It Finally Happened

So it finally happened. It got too cold for me to ride. The mercury dropped below minus 30 degrees without the wind chill, and my fingers and toes just couldn’t take it. I started out the day with every intention of riding. I got all bundled up and...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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At a Loss

Honestly, there isn’t a great deal to relay about this week’s ride. It was cold, but not too cold. Luc was good, but not spectacular, and I was content to mostly just hack around the arena. But I’m completely okay with that because sometimes th...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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The Ice Horse Cometh

You know how I mentioned earlier that there’s a temperature when it just becomes too cold for me to ride? Well this week we came pretty darn close. With the mercury flirting with minus 30 degree Celsius, I wasn’t sure my fingers and toes could su...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Another Major Milestone

So last week I posed the question how do you stay motivated to ride over the winter? Well let me tell you, reaching a major milestone in your re-riding career certainly helps. I am still so amped up from my ride that I wish I could go back to the bar...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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When Hibernation is Not an Option

It’s cold. Really cold. And it’s only going to get colder. So I’ll likely be riding inside, in the non-heated, not-even-insulated arena for the remainder of winter, which in Canada means well into the time you think it should be spring. Honestl...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Just a Little Higher

This week I decided to challenge myself. Since the sand ring was out of commission, I knew I was going to have to ride in the arena. It can get a little boring in there sometimes, so I decided to spice things up a little and ride bareback again. It...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Lead a Horse to Water

You know the old saying you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. Well, it’s true. This week, frustratingly so. The barn installed new drinking posts for the horses, a type of automatic waterer none of the horses on the property...

By: Rusty Stirrup