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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

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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