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Not Our Day to Shine

This week was a bit of a gong show. I sent Jen (Luc’s owner and my sister) off to the barn without me as I had a prior commitment and thought I wasn’t going to be able to make it out to ride. As it turns out, that commitment got cut short, so som...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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The Early Bird Gets the Worm

They say the early bird gets the worm – or in my case, the entire arena to myself. This week I was at the barn bright and early for my ride (sorry barn owners!). The sun was just stating to rise, and I was hoping for a spectacular show so I could g...

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Horse People Are Crazy

There’s just no denying it. From spending more on their horse (who is often better dressed) than themselves, to waking up at ungodly hours to get ready for a show (where for many the only reward is a $2 ribbon), to being able to call up their vet, ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Amazing, Fantastic, Fun!

Those are all the words I would use to describe this week’s ride. Luc was absolutely amazing! There was a lot going on – new dogs (a lot of barking ensued), school horses coming in and out (the lesson program just started at the farm), and just a...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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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