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Riding in a Winter Wonderland

Horses neigh, are you listening? In the field, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, we’re happy alright, riding in a winter wonderland. There’s just something magical about a fresh snowfall, so naturally I had to take advantage of it and go for...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyful Kwanza, or Seasons Greetings! Whatever you’re celebrating this time of year, Luc and I wish you all the best. We hope that 2015 is full of hope, happiness and a whole lot of horses! Fun was definitely the the...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Dress the Part

I am finally starting to look the part of a real rider. This week I broke in my new purple half chaps (not the most professional or mature choice, I admit) and a sleek pair of black full seat winter riding breeches. I can’t recall ever riding in ei...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Reflections

This week I was reminded once again just how small the horse world really is sometimes. While Jen and Luc rocked another two-day clinic with Melissandre Lincourt, I unexpectedly ran into an old riding comrade. She was riding in the clinic aboard her ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Battle of the Burrs

This week it was a toss-up on what I spent more time doing. Riding, or removing the many burrs Luc had attached to him. They weren’t just in his mane and tail. Oh no, he was COVERED. They were in his ears, stuck all over his belly, and clinging to ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Work in Progress

Since Jen and Luc had such great success at last week’s clinic, I decided that this week it was my turn to put the big grey beast through his paces and show off a little. Unfortunately, I didn’t exactly show off the way I wanted to. More like sho...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Luc’s Least Favourite Word

This week I took a break from riding to watch Jen and Luc rock a clinic at their home stable. Trainer Melissandre Lincourt was in town for a two-day session that put their skills to the test. Not surprisingly, they rose to the challenge and impressed...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Going in Circles

Around and around and around we go. Where we’ll stop, only Luc knows! After last week’s unscheduled vet visit, I decided to take it a little slower with Luc this week, just to make sure there were no lingering side effects from his sinus trauma. ...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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THAT Phone Call

There is one thing that every horse owner dreads. It haunts their dreams and keeps them up at night. It’s THAT phone call. The one you get hours after you kissed your horse goodbye for the day and left him safe and sound and all in one piece. The s...

By: Rusty Stirrup

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Crisis Averted

This week it was cold, windy and rainy, which isn’t exactly an ideal combination for a relaxed ride on Luc in the indoor arena. I was a little concerned when we stepped through the door from the tack-up area to the arena and Luc stopped dead in his...

By: Rusty Stirrup