So, this November, I have been working on a project that I’ve been kicking around for quite some time. As anyone who follows this blog has surely picked up on, I use clicker training to educate my riding horses. I’m not a pure R+ trainer, more of a balanced trainer, but I use a lot of R+ and I use clicker training to introduce and break down all new concepts and aids.
I found the switch to clicker training to be very easy, but I’ve realized that that’s not the case for everyone. To me, training and riding horses is very intuitive, I am able to learn a lot by feel - but it’s been pointed out to me (rather firmly) by both friends and mentors that this is not the case for most people.
Over the past couple of years, I have watched and listened to friends who have tried to implement clicker training on their own with their horses and have run into challenges. In trying to help them, I’ve found that words can only go so far. So, I had this idea to make videos of how I train - uncut, all the silly mistakes and awkward moments and giggle fits included, because training is FUN for me and I love it so much.
One problem - most of my horses I have here now already quite deep into their training process with me, and most PEOPLE need help from the very beginning steps onward. I do have some great videos of horses I’ve worked with this past year, but I didn’t own those horses, and so I don’t feel comfortable sharing/posting those videos. But then, somewhat spur of the moment at the end of this past Summer, I bought a new horse - Kristall frá Efri-Raudalæk. He was once a first prize stallion, but he is now a gelding with severely arthritic hocks who hasn’t been ridden much in recent years. I bought him because I know him and love him through his siblings, parents, and offspring - he is the father of my mare, Spönn, but also the father of several horses that I trained in Iceland as well, and I’ve worked with several of his siblings. His offspring have SUPERB character and well-above-average intelligence and that made me eager to bring him home when the opportunity arose.
Since he has some physical issues and hasn’t been ridden in a while, I decided to restart his training from the ground up - I plan to re-install all of his cues using R+, fill in any training holes that I find along the way and see what he wants to do. It’s possible that he may be an excellent candidate to join our lesson program, but we don’t know yet - I’ve only done a handful of sessions with him so far.
And I’ve filmed every single one.
I’ve decided to make uncut training videos showing the work I do with Kristall, including captions and a visual marker every time I click so that the videos can be watched without sound (or for anyone who is hearing impaired). The videos are messy. I record and edit them on my cell phone in my spare time, which is limited. There are times when we aren’t in frame, and as the training progresses that’s going to happen more and more because I have to prop the phone up on a fence to do this, I don’t have anyone around to record me. There are times when its cold and my hands are numb and I’m clumsy, there are times when its dark because the days are so short, I make mistakes, the horse gets goofy, and its all in these videos because I think its helpful for people to see. Every moment doesn’t need to be perfect. You don’t need expensive equipment, a well-lit indoor, high-end facilities - you just need a handful of treats and a horse and your brain.
These videos are unlisted, on youtube. I made them just for YOU, my blog followers, because I think they might be helpful. You’re the target audience. They’re casual and laid back. You’re not going to see anything groundbreaking here, no amazing airs above the ground, just me patiently teaching a new horse what different cues mean without pressure, so that he can ultimately be ridden with greater understanding and relaxation, and respond to a much lighter touch. I’m not sharing these videos anywhere else, other than this blog. I assume that in posting them here, they’re going to get circulated via reblogging etc, but they won’t be searchable on youtube. I hope they’ll get circulated to people who will benefit from them. If I find that the videos are being used in a way that isn’t positive or constructive, I’ll remove them. This is an experiment to see if I can give back to this weird, unpredictable little blogging community in the ways I’d like to. Please, show me that you can use these videos for good. I’m watching carefully to see how you respond and treat the material I’m putting out there for you.
I’d hoped to release 7 videos (a week’s worth) in time for Thanksgiving weekend, because I figured a lot of people would be home and have downtime to watch. Unfortunately, the editing process takes a while and I’ve only finished 4 videos. Below are the first 4 videos, showing Kristall’s first 4 training sessions with me. They are intended to be watched in order. The captions within the videos provide context - you probably need to watch them on full screen to read the captions, especially in the first two videos (I’ve made the captions larger later on). They’ll look better on a laptop than a phone, probably.
Keep this in mind: there are a LOT of ways to clicker train a horse, and the details are going to vary for each horse. I attempt to make that very clear in the captions. The approach I’ve taken to retraining Kristall is completely different from how I trained Tinna, for example. I don’t recommend that you repeat every exact thing I do with your own horse, as your own horse is not Kristall. But hopefully these videos can show you how to begin to approach breaking down behaviors and then putting them together in a systematic way that makes sense to the horse. Hopefully they can help you determine what to prioritize when training, what’s a good rhythm at which to progress, how to deal with a challenge or pitfall, when to shoot for more and when to hold back, etc.
We’ll see how this goes. I’m a little nervous about sharing these on such a public platform, but I’m hopeful that the community can somehow benefit. From watching these clips, I’m struck by how much fun I’m having, how it shows on my face. I hope you guys also have this much fun training your own horses.
Enjoy! If these are well-received, I’ll keep releasing them in little groups like this in the coming weeks.
hey lesbians this is just a reminder that you can identify as butch or femme even if you think you ~don’t look butch enough~ or ~don’t look femme enough~!! there’s are no Exact Standards You Must Meet to be one or the other, especially because there will always be circumstances in which you may not be able to present the way you want to - especially for butch lesbians, and especially for trans lesbians. doesn’t mean you can’t use these labels. imo it’s more of If I Could, Would I? that determines whether or not they’re right for you, and that’s something that only you know.
edit: it is also 100% a-okay not to identify as either!!! this post is for lesbians Wanting to identify as one or the other but feeling like they’re not allowed to for one reason or another.
“Beyblade Season 1, 2000” was the name of the first Beyblade to come out with Tyson and the bladebreakers... But I’ve read the wiki about the old Beyblade and I can’t find or get in contact with the people who wrote it or the people who worked on it 😪 but since you’re the author of the metal saga I was wondering if you knew a way to get in touch with the creator of the first Beyblade?
I respect the works of the past. However, I do not get in touch with the past staff directly. The manga editing department manages all project. Parsonal data is not open. I talk only with my manga editor, and make a work.
wow another misinformed person who thinks that straight aces and aros are lgbt. why am i not surprised. not every one belongs everywhere. you can accept straight aces and aros, but do not tell them that they are lgbt because they 100% are not. lgbt spaces are for lgbt people case closed. maybe you should brush up on lgbt issues before you invite straight people to be a part of our community.
Please take a step back and listen to how you just conducted that sentence. I’m not quite sure where you’re coming from in life, but it sounds like you’ve been through quite a bit with your identity. So have I. And when I found myself a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I finally found a huge group of people who accepted me and supported me. I hope the same happened for you. And if not, I hope it happens soon, because everyone deserves that.
Consider people who observe no sexual or romantic attraction, which are legitimate identities, who feel wrong for one way or another. They’re asexual and/or aromantic, regardless of gay or straight, and that still falls under the A in the acronym, but I keep hearing that one half’s not different enough. Not oppressed enough. I would first say, none of us know everyone’s story, and there’s no way we will, so we don’t know what everyone has gone through with their identity. And second, when did this community become solely about how oppressed we are? [EDIT: Upon reviewing this, I should specify it is important to note the group was founded because of systemic oppression, and that is VERY important. I mean that we are also a group of support and lifting ourselves up and being proud of who we are as a diverse community, as well as continuing to fight the systemic oppression that faces many of us]. If we, as a group, achieve what I hope we can achieve idealistically and not be oppressed, are we still not a group to be proud of? Why wouldn’t we want this group to be an absolute celebration of all legitimate varieties? A celebration of all our unique experiences and struggles? They’re all different and valid.
Is this demographic of people with a legitimate sexual and/or romantic identity to make their own little group? To be made to feel like outcasts in the real world as well as in this group? I feel that this just furthers the negative, unfriendly attitude that already greatly exists in this world and I don’t wanna promote that. I just would think something like excluding would be for those who make us feel unsafe and that would only be on a case-by-case basis, not for a whole demographic who feel out of place and just want to belong, right? I don’t wanna be that way to people the way the world was to me. They’re not lgbt, but they are A, and that’s part of the LGBTQIA+ community, right? And of course I can’t change what you believe. And you’re right, I can accept them! I shall, because acceptance in this community is what inspired me and helped me when I felt lost, and I want to be that for others. [EDIT: I also want to stress that, the bottom line here is that all I’d like is for us to take time, ALL of us, asexuals and aromantics included, to educate ourselves, try to understand and respect each other’s individual struggles/experiences/stories, because they ARE all different. Empathy and trust is key because this line of distrust does not seem to be going in a positive direction. It seems to be leading to negativity, divisiveness, and name-calling and I don’t like seeing that. That’s not what I think many of us are trying to achieve. Sorry for typing so much haha]
Reblog this before Halloween 2017 and I’ll make a spooky moodboard based on your blog aesthetic.
One exception (see below). If you don’t get one by the end of November then bug the heck out of me lol.
Edit: this has gotten over 700 reblogs at this point. I’m pretty sure this has reached the impossible point, so I’m now only going to do reblogs if you say something or if you comment. I’m really sorry to anyone who just reblogged but this has gotten way out of hand, haha. I’ll still maybe do a few of the people that reblogged without saying anything if I have the time, but I can’t make any promises like I did above… sorry. If anyone would like to help out and make some for those who I can’t I’d be really grateful :)
A word of caution: dementors are vicious creatures. They will not distinguish between the one they hunt and the one who gets in their way. Therefore I must warn each and every one of you to give them no reason to harm you. It’s not in the nature of a dementor to be forgiving. But you know happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) dir. Alfonso Cuarón
“A lack of diversity feeds discrimination. Why am I the only Indian presenter on mainstream youth entertainment in maybe the last 10 years? It means that people of different races don’t have someone they can relate to. Even in small ways, like dark skinned girls wanting to see what make up looks like on a celebrity that isn’t porcelain white. Even in the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, it’s still hard to see accurate depictions of society on screen and in magazines.“ — Jameela Jamil
When a king brands us pirates, he doesn’t mean to make us adversaries. He doesn’t mean to make us c r i m i n a l s. He means to make us monsters. For that’s the only way his God-fearing, taxpaying subjects can make sense of men who keep what is theirs and fear no one. When I say there’s a war coming, I don’t mean with the Scarborough. I don’t mean with King George or England. Civilization is coming, and it means to exterminate us.
“I think, just like Iris’ sort of grieving in her own way for Barry’s terrible faith, I think also, Cisco is - There is definitely still a part of him that’s missing. You know, he is like, his counterpart. You know, I think Caitlin’s been like a sister to him”.
I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 again today and noticed a bunch more things on the rewatch.
First of all I was expecting to be bored at least some of the time (I mean, I just saw it a little over a week ago), but I never, ever was, not even once. This movie uses every minute so well. (Unlike the first one, where most of the Ronon and Thanos scenes dragged horribly even the first time, and were completely skippable on a rewatch.)
I love how the end of the movie recontextualizes some of the earlier scenes. For example, Mantis’s misery and fear is so obvious when she first meets the gang, and in most of her scenes afterwards. The first time you watch it, her anxiety is easily read as nervousness around strangers. The second time, though, it’s such a gut-punch to see her standing behind Ego, wringing her hands, and knowing why.
Drax mistaking Yondu for Peter’s actual father is another of those fantastically recontextualized scenes. The first time, it’s funny, just a tossed-off joke. The second time, though … right in the feels. Because Drax, for the most part, doesn’t get the whole concept of people pretending to be something other than what they are. He watches Yondu and Peter interact with each other and he totally gets the actual relationship in a way even they don’t.
Speaking of which, there is some really brilliant editing in this movie. This time around, I noticed how it cut from Ego’s “I’m your dad, Peter” right to the first installment of Yondu’s storyline (which also involved interacting with his parental stand-in, Stakar). And none of the significance of this is clear if you don’t know the characters’ emotional context! You basically can only pick it up after having seen the movie once.
The pacing on all the emotional arcs is so, so good. I didn’t even really notice, the first time around, how strong the Peter-Rocket arc is, from their fighting in the beginning, through Rocket not wanting to leave him on the planet, to their little moment of connection at the end.
I still can’t get over how this movie has eight major characters (not counting Ego; let’s not count Ego) and every single one of them has a) an emotional arc of their own, b) at least one strong platonic relationship arc with a beginning, middle, and end, and c) at least one scene in which they get to be awesome and do something important. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Even the noncombatants. Even the baby!
The first time around, I didn’t really notice how brutal Gamora and Nebula’s fight is. @sheronm pointed out how incredibly OTT Gamora picking up the ship cannon is (in a way female characters rarely get to be) but the whole fight is like that: brutal, dirty, vicious, and not sexualized in the slightest. Speaking of which …
The only shirtless scenes in the whole movie are guys (Peter on the ship, and Yondu at the brothel). The closest the movie comes to a romance arc is Peter and Gamora flirting and dancing. I still adore how Mantis and Drax make it explicitly clear that they aren’t into each other in a sexual/romantic way, and yet the most important relationship either of them has in the movie is with each other, and he’s willing to die to save her in the end. The movie doesn’t completely ignore romantic love (the Peter/Gamora relationship is still important), and it is true that there are a few sexist jokes (like Peter hitting on the Sovereign queen – though he apologizes for it, which is a rare thing). But overwhelmingly, this is a movie that never dismisses its female characters to “love interest” or sexualizes them any more than the male characters are.
When I saw this movie the first time, I thought the soundtrack and use of music was better in the first movie, but now that I’ve seen them both back to back, I was so, so wrong. They both have great music, they both have some great musical scenes, but I think it’s mostly that the first movie has a faster, more actiony soundtrack, while the second movie has a slower, gentler, more emotional soundtrack that I didn’t fully appreciate at first. But in the first movie, the music is mostly a (well-done!) melodic accompaniment to the action, while in the second movie, the songs are very carefully fit to the scenes in which they occur – whether the important thing is the peppy/awful contrast (“Come a Little Bit Closer” over the murder montage), or the whole point is that the song is so terribly, cheesily on point (“Brandy”), or sometimes because the song fits the emotional tone of the scene in the best fanvid kind of way (“Father & Son”, or the repeated use of “The Chain” for the characters being separated and then coming all back together in Peter’s love-epiphany/Power of Friendship™ moment at the end).
It’s just sooo goooood. I really didn’t expect a bombastic, ridiculous musical comedy in space to genuinely be one of the best movies I’ve seen in ages.
Please don’t kill them, I hate them so much but I can’t hurt these little nasty things.
I you find one in your house , simply remove it or call someone to help you get rid of it. 🌿
Here are some ideas for them not to come inside of your warm and lovely place. 🌿
🕷Essential oils :
• Tea Tree
( Use the Essential oils with extreme cautions, some of them may hurt you, and kill the spider with only one drop)
You can spray them with distilled water around your windowsill.
🕷 Plants in your garden :
• Mint *
• Lemon Balm
• Lemon grass
The safest way, plus it’ll smell amazing.
* Jumping Spiders seem to love Mint , people mentioned they had some in theirs, thank you *
🕷 Nuts :
Put them near your windowsills or in places you’re sure you’ll find a spider.
🌿 Edit: I found these info months ago, if i find back the source I’ll post it here •source• 🌿
“So, as it turns out… I’m one of them. Not exactly something I could tell people growing up in Lucis. Still… You guys are like… the only friends I’ve ever known. I just hope that things can stay the way they were.” (insp.)