rider boot

Pass it on.

Last week something kinda cool happened while I was at the barn.

The barn that I am at right now is a public barn; often families with little children walk though to look at the horses. My horse has actually acquired a small fan club.  As I was untacking after a ride on New Years Eve, I saw a couple of grandparents walking with their grandchildren through the barn.

“Do you want to come and meet him?” I asked them. The girls quickly ran over. My horse has grown to understand his role in these situations: he is calm, gentle, and super sweet. I gave the girls treats to feed him. Their grandparents thanked me and said that they would let me finish putting him away. But one of the little girls told my horse that she loved him before walking away. 

I put him back in his stall and saw the family again. I walked over to the girl who had confessed her love to my horse. “Hey,” I said. “Can you do me a favor? I need help making him a snack.”

She jumped at the opportunity. “YES!” As we walked over to get his supplements, she grabbed my hand. “You’re my friend,” she said firmly. 

“Okay,” I told her, letting her hold my hand. I usually don’t like being touched, but this wasn’t too horrible. “I don’t have a lot of friends, but I guess you seem cool.” Then I added, “And I guess you can be my horse’s friend too.”

I taught her and her sister how to scoop the rice bran, then add water, and add in the supplements. She was proud to stir it all up, and her sister happily dumped it in my horse’s feeder.

“Do you need help putting this away?” she asked, still clinging to the bucket. 

“Sure,” I told her. We walked back to my tackroom, and she placed the feed bucket back where she found it. 

Her grandparents, who had been following us this whole time, asking questions about my horse, told her that it was time to leave, and thanked me for showing her around. 

Without warning, the little human wrapped her arms around my legs and gave me a big hug. “Bye friend!” she said. By the smile on her face, I could tell that I made her day, but she will never know that she made mine too.

Stay strong and be kind, because you never know what little girl is out there hoping that one day she will grow up to be just like you. Equestrians are a dying breed, so if you meet a kid that loves horses, do whatever you can to encourage them to chase that passion. We were all those little kids, willing to do anything just to pet a horse. So pass it on.



In a way, Benny’s attempt to overthrow Mr. House perfectly parallels his takeover of the Boot Riders. When the Courier asks how House introduced himself, Benny says:

[House] said we’d been selected. Vegas needed us to defend it. In exchange, we’d get cushy digs, full stomachs, medical treatment. Everything a nomad never gets, in other words. Most of the tribe thought we should say no. I thought it was the best idea ever.

Even though the rest of the tribe didn’t want it, Benny was willing to fight their current chief to the death to make them settle in Vegas. He decided on his own that it was the best path for his tribe, and he alone took the steps necessary to see it happen.

Benny is selfish, but that doesn’t make him incapable of caring about people other than himself. His selfishness/egotism manifests far more harmfully: in the way he treats the people he cares about. When Benny truly, deeply cares about someone or something, he’s determined to do right by them. The problem is, he thinks he knows what’s best for them more than they do. And what Benny thinks is best for them just so happens to always align with what he wants.

His plan to take Vegas from House follows the same pattern. It’s important to note that he never talks about running Vegas himself. He only ever talks about the Chairmen running Vegas as a group:

You help me, and before long the Chairmen will rule all of Vegas, dig?

Of the three families, we’re the only ones with the heart and savoir-faire to run the Strip on our own.

Benny sees overthrowing House as way to benefit his city and his tribe– and he sees himself as the only one willing/able to make it happen, just like seven years ago. He keeps the rest of the tribe entirely in the dark, not because he doesn’t trust them, but because he knows they wouldn’t want him doing this for them. As the official game guide says:

[The Chairmen’s] traditions of honor continue to inform how they select their leadership and interact with each other and outsiders. Unbeknownst to the rest of the tribe, its current chief, Benny, has for months been scheming to seize control of Mr. House’s technology and The Strip itself, violating the tribe’s deeply-held values against duplicity and treachery.

Benny is aware that his tribe would disapprove, but he’s convinced that once House is out of the picture, they’ll come around to the idea. Just like they warmed up to Vegas itself.

Ultra Clash: Faux Screenshot

Normally, I’m not the best at designing HUDs, but I feel proud of how this one turned out, especially seeing how I combined HUD elements of Marvel vs Capcom 3, Street Fighter V, and Injustice 2.

Flynn = @janaes-smutty-delights

Austin = @mattdrawsmen

Go-Riders/Sametarou, Tatsuki, & Togue = @fuzebox

Background = Street Fighter Alpha 3

/// Happy International Female Rider Day; we hope all you ladies are out there having fun on two wheels today.


squidmatsus! im definitely not the first one to do a splatoon and osomatsu crossover thing but i still wanted to get this out here
i just
really like both things lemme live

i started on these like 6 months ago and then ditched it but i got around to finishing it tonight. this isnt the best work i can do, but im glad to finally get this out and posted. i think i stopped working on it for so long because i was frustrated with the drawing method i had to stick with 

i know the gear doesnt really work out with some of their weapons and god knows how oso got to level 50…i kinda just went with whatever Looked Good

i have LOTS of headcanons and ideas but i doubt i can get it all drawn gggggh

also here are my old Concepts™