I’m talking specifically about the gallop used for the starter horse model and the Lipizzaners. This image is dumb but it’s just my thoughts trying to identify what is different from the SSO gallop and a real horse gallop. You’re welcome to give me feedback/your own thoughts, just be kind please, thank you.
These are some things I noticed: 1.) The neck curves dramatically outwards in the SSO gallop. In the gallop of a real horse it does straighten and the muscles bulge some, but not like the SSO gallop. In general a horse neck is relatively straight, or curved inwards.
2.) The legs come up so high in this animation that the leg joint reaches the neck. Horses can reach that high but in a typical gallop their legs don’t usually come up so far. But…this is probably due to the fact that…
3.) The body is so horizontal!! The head and neck lower, becoming relatively parallel with the body. The belly has no slope, making the horse look like a straight line.
Anyways this is just my thoughts on this. If you like this animation I hope I didn’t upset you; this is just how I feel about it. I think the reason it bothers me so much is cause we have seen them do better. (Not to mention that they…recycled animations rather than giving our starters something unique. It’s relatively easy to salvage an animation and put it on another model.) Again this is just how I feel!! I like animations like the ones for the Mustang a lot better ;;
I am personally very involved with horses- my best friend is a dressage/hunter pleasure rider and I frequently come to her shows to assist with tacking her horse and making sure everything is in order. This request was very fun to tackle!
Zen is confused at first; he does not quite understand what you mean when you talk about “dressage” or even something so simple as referring to a piece of tack.
Once you explain it to him, however, he gets very excited.
“Oh? You are in horse shows? Tell me when your next show is!”
When he comes to your shows, he watches your every move very closely, admiring the connection between you and the horse.
He is certainly not fond of animals, but at least this horse doesn’t spark his allergies, and he thinks you look wonderful riding so gracefully atop the animal.
He is always cheering for you, just like you do for him.
When your show is finished, and you go out of the arena to meet him, he is showering you with praises.
"You looked so brilliant atop that horse~ be careful, I’m supposed to be your knight- not the other way around"
He says these things with an air of humor, though in his mind he can’t stop thinking of how well you rode, and just how talented and strong you are to be able to control such a large animal with ease.
One day, you are bringing home your show tack to clean it.
“What is that?”
He is very confused, but once you explain it to him, his eyes light up.
"You ride horses?! Are you good? I mean, I am sure you are amazing, but have you won many ribbons?“
The boy floods you with so many questions in his curiosity.
He is very excited that you have an interest in animals- it makes you two all the more compatible, considering his interest in the veterinary field.
He is always checking your horse before it is your turn to ride, making sure he is healthy and will give the best performance he can for each show.
He loves to watch you ride during your shows- you look so graceful and elegant, and you don’t seem scared at all to be on top of such a large animal.
Win or lose, this boy is always so excited to see you after you compete, and he will assure you that you did an amazing job.
Jaehee knows absolutely nothing about this, but once you mention you have an interest in it, she immediately studies it.
By the next morning, she knows practically everything there is to know about it.
She comes to every show she is able to- she becomes your number one fan!!
She avoids touching the horse, though- she does not want to deal with any more fur
However, one day you come across her daring to ever so gently stroke the horse on the neck.
She doesn’t know you see it, but she doesn’t seem entirely disgusted with the creature.
Every time you are about to go into the arena, she is giving you pointers, advice on how to please the judges and get a better score.
She cheers for you every time- she loves to watch your techniques, to see you improve every time.
She doesn’t like the jackets though- it makes her think of work.
She admits though, that this profession does suit you quite well.
Jumin does not understand.
"You ride horses around in a circle? For what purpose?"
You explain to him the rules, and he still does not understand the point.
However, what is important to you is extra important to him.
He comes to all of your shows, regardless of whether or not he is needed at work: you are far more important to him.
He watches with a smile on his face- he loves to see how happy this makes you.
He ensures that you have all of the best tack, the best equipment, even the best horses.
He admires your proper form on the horse- how you always sit up straight, how your posture is so rigid.
Pays for all expenses- transport, show fees, etc. if this makes you happy, he wants you to do as much of it as you can.
He is very happy to see you so joyful, even if he can’t fully empathize, he understands what it is like to have such infatuation with an animal.
Once your shows are over, he treats you to dinner and showers you with compliments of how wonderful you did, and how good of a rider you are.
Immediately this boy is screeching excitedly.
Cats are amazing, but horses? This is a different subject entirely.
He rushes through the barn, looking at all of the horses, definitely being too hyper.
Once you ask him to calm down, he apologizes and walks quietly over to your horse.
He admires it for a moment, before asking you if he can take a ride on it.
After you answer "no”, he persists, until eventually you give in.
He lasts approximately 3 minutes before he upsets the horse enough to be thrown off of its back.
He decides from then on that he would much rather admire them from the ground.
He is always going to your shows when he is able, and cheering way too obnoxiously.
He probably scares many of the other horses, and there is a strong possibility that he is escorted out of the show area.
He is not bothered; he is your number one fan, and is willing to accept any consequences that may come from being your supporter.
He wishes so much that he could see you ride- all he can see is the blurry shapes moving around the arena.
He cheers for you regardless, and is always happy to come to your shows to support you.
He often comes with you to the show barn when you are preparing.
He loves to run his fingers down the horse’s neck, to feel the steed’s fur, to get some sense of what he looks like.
That’s when he decides to get his surgery- he wants to see you riding the horse, he wants to support you fully.
Once he can see again, a whole new world is opened up to him
He becomes so passionate about this- you are so good at what you do, and each day he considers you more beautiful.
To him, you are doing what you love, and that is amazing to him.
Now not only can he feel it, but he can see it.
He loves this so much- he loves to see you so happy, to see you doing what makes your heart full of joy
That in itself fills his heart with joy too.
He acts as though such a thing is below him, as if it is so ridiculous.
But he is always the one watching the closest at your shows, admiring how perfect you look, how focused you are.
While he is watching from the stands, he is always keyed in on the conversation around him.
If anyone dared to utter a negative word about your horse, or about you, he whips around and gives them a glare.
If that doesn’t work, he is more than likely getting ready to fight them!
…No, he can’t do that. The noise would scare the horses, right?
He controls himself, and instead will utter threats to the individual.
His attention is swiftly drawn back to you- you look so beautiful, and you are so into what you are doing.
He is mesmerized by the movement of the horse- how high it’s legs lift, how it’s neck gradually curves, how it’s nose is angled so perfectly down…
It is calming for him to watch, and he is mentally rooting for you!
…and probably trashing the others riders, because no one is as good in his eyes as you are.
He doesn’t get it.
He really doesn’t: why would you ride horses while in such a tight jacket? You can barely move in it.
Aren’t horses supposed to get you from place to place?
He goes to your shows, putting on a face of boredom
But once he sees you out there, he grows much more interested.
You clearly have a technique to keeping your horse in check- how else would it hold its head like that?
He wants to know more, and will ask you to explain
Of course, he says it’s purely to be knowledgeable on the subject in case such an issue comes up in a future mission
Secretly, he is deeply admiring your talent and wants to understand how you’re so good at what you do
Summary: Bucky, reader, and the rest of the Avengers go to a carnival on their night off.
Word Count: 1,998
Warnings: language, panic attack, carnival rides (?), and fluff. (Let me know if I missed any)
A/N: Hey guys, so this is my first fic lol. I was a little nervous to post it on here… I hope you guys like it. I’d love to hear what you have to say! Thanks for reading. :)
P.s. this will probs be long bc I’m horrible with getting rid of words lol don’t hate me pls.
It has been a while since you and the Avengers had a night out all together, so you guys decided to go somewhere. When out for their early morning run, Steve, Bucky, and Sam saw a poster for a carnival that was coming to town during the weekend.
The three of them thought this would be a great thing to do to get their minds off of the stress works caused recently, with saving the world and all. Out of the three, Bucky was definitely jumping up and down on the inside. It’s been a while since he’s attended one, give or take 70 years.
Once they shared the news with everyone else, they all agreed with the idea of going. You, on the other hand, were nervous to say the least. Being the one who only played the games in the booths rather than taking risks and trying the big rides, you wondered if this was really the best situation for you. You knew someone was going to drag you on a ride whether you liked it or not, so you really didn’t have a choice.
How do you manage to stay above the discourse and not be affected by it? I've had to distance myself from the fandom just because it hurt too much to watch Shiro. The character who I genuinely love, the character I who I wanted growing up, the character I wished for in my childhood watching sci-fi animes as a 5-6 year old. Become nothing more than a demonized pariah all because of this disgusting discourse. I just want to know how you've managed to keep yourself afloat.
Avoiding Discourse and Negativity: a Guide
1. Understand that a lot of “discourse” is just manufactured outrage over nothing, or ship wars in disguise. Ignore that stuff. Focus on people’s actual, legitimate concerns about representation and issues, because that’s what’s actually important. I am always here for critical discussions about how characters/ships are presented in canon and fanon works and the intersections of different marginalised identities in the show’s characters. I’m not here for fake outrage and hypocrisy. There’s a difference between discourse and disk horse.
2. Heavily curate your tumblr dash and block/unfollow anyone who annoys you. A Big Name Blog that posts gross stuff about Shiro? Unfollowed. A mutual you’ve followed for months who starts posting annoying disk horse that upsets you? Unfollowed. An otherwise good blog that attacks and harasses people? Unfollowed and probably blocked. Don’t even feel bad.
3. Install xkit and use the blacklist to block any tags that routinely annoy you. I have “langst” blocked because so much of it gets on my last fucking nerve. That’s my personal preference and it makes my tumblr experience 8000% happier and calmer. You can also use xkit’s “block post” function to make any really annoying/upsetting posts disappear forever into the void. I make liberal use of this too.
4. Turn off anon asks and leave them off. Trust me on this.
5. Find salty friends and vent to them in the chat. I do this a lot so all the bitter, salty ranting doesn’t make it onto my blog. Believe me, I am not unaffected by the Shiro grossness, but I have people I talk to about it when it gets me down and those people completely understand and get my anger and whenever I talk to them I feel way better. They know who they are.
6. Take a break if you need to. Step away from tumblr for awhile. I’ve done this at times when the Disk Horse became incredibly frustrating or particularly tiring. You don’t owe anyone a response or a reaction. You’re allowed to nope the fuck out if you need to and come back when things have calmed down.
7. Spread light, not heat. Whenever people hate on Shiro or say something particularly gross about him or erase his mental illness, I just passive aggressively reblog all the meta I’ve written about him, or the Shiro appreciation posts, or stuff from bloofyboy. I made bloofyboy to spread more Shiro love, because if this fandom isn’t going to appreciate him then I’ll do it myself, and whenever I get upset or angry about his treatment I just channel that into even more posts and meta about Shiro being amazing.
8. Remind yourself that people love and appreciate Shiro. Go read all the tags on bloofyboy if it helps. There’s a lot of love there and whenever I feel bad I go to bloofyboy and read the tags and feel better.
9. Understand that you cannot control how other fans will interpret/react to a character, nor how they will treat him. However, you absolutely can control your own fandom experience and how you react to him. Focus your energies on yourself, and having a nice time for yourself, and making your little corner of fandom a happy, Shiro-loving haven, and screen-out and ignore all the bad stuff. No matter what any fan says about Shiro, they can’t change canon Shiro from what he is: an amazing, strong, brave, scarred, struggling, inspirational disabled mentally ill Japanese MOC who is also a huge adorable dork who deserves the universe.
Could you do one with the Attack On Titan boys (including Erwin, Levi, and Mike) cheering up their girlfriend?
((I had a lot of fun with this one, I made myself squeal while writing about Erwin))
Eren: I can see Eren being the type to think training is the best way to get your mind off things so he would have his girlfriend come and train with him. It wouldn’t really work at first cuz come on Eren really? you think exercise is fun? But eventually it would be kinda fun, Eren would probably mimic Sasha and Connie and try teaching her outrageous moves. Even if he is a little embarrassed because he’s acting so silly the smile on his girlfriends face when she watched him would make it worth it.
Armin: Books, Armin would hunt down the most interesting book he could find. A fantasy novel about far off lands filled with amazing creatures dashing heroes fair maidens and adventure. or a mystery novel that’s full of twists and turns and big reveals. Armin would read to his girlfriend with so much enchantment that nobody could stay down in the dumps. He would want to get his girlfriend’s mind off her troubles for a short time, of course he would still talk with her about why she was upset afterwords.
Jean: *Insert horse joke here* Jean would take his girlfriend on a horseback ride, he would sneak some bread and share it with her by the river. He would think a change of scenery would brighten her mood, I mean they spend everyday either training or being so serious. So just relaxing and just being teenagers would in his opinion be a good idea, to stop and smell the roses to take in the peaceful scenery they never have time to admire.
Marco: It may sound really boring but Marco would think a good nap would help his girlfriend feel better. They live such a stressful life and sleeping sadly isn’t priority. So a peaceful nap to Marco would sound like a good was to ease his girlfriend. Surprisingly enough it really would work, who wouldn’t love taking a calming nap with their cute freckled boyfriend???
Reiner: He would take his girlfriend to dinner, treat her to a nice meal. Wine and dine the little lady, who could stay sad when your bara boyfriend is treating you like a princess? Reiner, like Jean would think doing something different would help his girlfriend feel better. A bit of normality goes a long way, they are teenagers after all and they have every right to act that way sometimes.
Bertholdt: He would hate to see his girlfriend so unhappy, it would just about break his heart. Bertl would take his girlfriend for a walk during sunset, he wouldn’t want to push his girlfriend to do anything she didn’t want to do. Something simple and relaxing like walking hand and hand would be the best thing in his eyes. It would work wonders, Bertl is a gentle giant and him being so sweet and concerned about her would make any girl feel better.
Connie: He’s the funny guy, so naturally jokes would be his go to tactic. Though it may not work at first since his girlfriend is used to his jokes and funny personality. So he may have to try a different method to cheer her up, he would try something like playing cards or taking her to a lake to skip stones. It may not sound that fun but oddly enough it would work, his girlfriend would be able to tell that Connie was concerned about her and he was trying to be serious about the issue. Connie would be a really good cuddler in these kind of circumstances too.
Levi: He’s not good with things like this, what was he supposed to do? He would rack his brain trying to think of what he could do to cheer her up, he may even ask Hanji or the cadets for suggestions. (though he would tell them not to breath a word about it) Even though he loves his girlfriend very much he can’t spoil her in terms of buying her something like a new dress or dinner or something like that. I can see Levi being more open in a sense that he would ask if she wanted to hold his hand or do more things together. He would tell a lot of poop jokes too.
Erwin: I can see Erwin being really cute in his attempts, he would give her a stack of paperwork to do which would piss her off at first but work is work so she would do it. As she gets through a few papers she would find little notes Erwin stuck to the documents, cute little messages like ‘I saw a pair of love birds this morning, it was you and I in the mirror’ or ’I bet you were really angry with me when I gave you work, fooled ya didn’t I?’ He would also ask her little questions like which of the cadets are the cutest in her opinion or if he should change his hair style. Silly things like that would totally make her smile and once she gets to the last document the last note would read ‘I love you <3’
Mike: Since he has such a good sense of smell he may go for something that is pleasing to the senses, he would buy her a dessert he thought she would like and the best smelling flowers he could get his hands on. He would give his girlfriend lots of secret kisses making sure his whiskers tickled her each time so he could hear her giggle. Mike always has a naturally calming vibe about him so just having him hold her in his arms would do a lot of help. He may dote on her a little more then usually, offer to make her tea or coffee or if she needed anything. Just simple acts like that would improve any girls mood.
Imagine: The Lost Boys proving that they care for you.
It was a peculiar thing to think about the most mysterious boys in Santa Carla proving that they cared for you. It caused many citizens upon the board walk to bat a few eyelashes and glue their eyes to you. They knew not to mess with you.
David, the charismatic leader of the group, would send one ghoulish glower at any offender and send them quaking in their boots. He was awfully protective of you, and whenever you would stray, - head towards danger -, he would show up and command you to come away with him.
Dwayne was practically your personal bodyguard, his muscular stature was almost impenetrable. And his hawk-like glare and brooding expression would cause sheer uncomfortable energy to surround and overwhelm whomever was bothering you. He was like your guarded wall.
Paul and Marko were a duet in proving that they cared for you, always offering you entertainment and a wonderful sense of humour. If you were upset, Paul would horse around, doing impressions of famous people or pretending to be animals or something immature and funny. Marko would flash you his Cheshire grin, which always made you happy; along with his shoulder to cry on.
Neither of these boys were comforting with words, but their presence made you feel safe, as they brought you care and a fun night for eternity.
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Extroverted Sensing (Se): Esme is a very dynamic, present woman – from dancing and performing on the streets for money, to participating as a star attraction in the Festival of Fools, to
defying Frollo by freeing Quasi despite orders to the contrary, and fleeing into the church for sanctuary. She doesn’t hesitate to act, using a candelabra to
attack Phoebus, and then saving his life later by throwing a stone to upset
Frollo’s horse. She leaps into the water and saves him from drowning, then carries him to Notre Dame to entrust him to Quasimodo. Even though she’s “scared” as Quasi helps her escape, Esme doesn’t seem troubled by his admission that he’s never “done this before".
Introverted Thinking (Ti): She has a certain amount of detachment, and doesn’t mince words when telling Frollo what she thinks about him. Esme uses her logic to make a swift but impressive escape, then reasons that Quasi is the best person to protect Phoebus. She is
somewhat oblivious to his feelings, failing to notice his crush on her, in favor of turning her focus to more immediate solutions.
Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Esme loves the crowd and knows how to inspire them. She moralizes at Frollo, by telling him he humiliates and persecutes Quasi, just like “my people”! Esme clearly thinks in terms of group dynamics; rather than pray for her own desires in the church, she begs God to have mercy on all the outcasts, those poor, mistreated and alone. She appeals to Quasi on an emotional level, and doesn’t hesitate to validate him in many ways (she’s impressed by his artistic abilities, she shows him his lifeline and affirms that he isn’t a monster, etc.). Esme has no problem asserting her feelings, either, even if it’s only to spit in Frollo’s face.
Introverted Intuition (Ni): When Frollo enters the church and orders her arrest, Esme leaps immediately to the wrong conclusion – that Phoebus was distracting her long enough for his boss to come along; she doesn’t respond well to him, until he later proves himself trustworthy. She doesn’t think through the ramifications of fleeling inside the church (“gypsies don’t do well inside stone walls”).
“See, I told you you could do this.” You were riding around a small patch of field outside of Paris, the horse beneath you responding well to you and you going slower than perhaps anyone else would have, but you hadn’t fallen off or upset the horse. You were doing your best and Aramis was right, with more practice you’d be able to do this properly.
International Multi-Sport Event Coverage: Dressage
Dressage is not about putting horses in clothing, even though that sounds like it would be a great idea. Nothing too restrictive that will make the horse upset. Maybe a nice sundress, some linen culottes. Whatever.
To be a successful competitor in the horse-based sport of dressage, both rider and equestrian must perform a series of memorized tasks involving different types of trots, gallops, and canter. Together, this fancy footwork makes up the ride.
The ride is rated on the following scale:
10 – Excellent
9 – Very good
8 – Good
7 – Fairly good
6 – Satisfactory
5 – Marginal
4 – Insufficient
3 – Fairly Bad
2 – Bad
1 – Very bad
0 – Not executed
It is the opinion of Staff that all horses are 10 Excellent. All horses should win.
Quadrennial top medal match-ups: Dressage
Monday, August 15 at 9 a.m. EST: individual dressage
Famous horses from history
The horse with no name
Good horse Tumblrs
@dressagehub describes itself as having everything you need to know about dressage.
@equine-images has the dream job you didn’t know existed: professional equine photographer
@i-draw-one-hundred draws 100 of a thing and then moves on to the next one. They’re currently on horse 98, so get over there fast.
Behind the scenes of The Girl in the Fireplace (Part One)
Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s behind-the-scenes article in DWM #370
It’s Thursday, 27 October. In Unit Q2, Imperial Park, in Newport, the cast and crew are waiting for a horse. Apparently it’s held up on the M4. The horse’s call time was 10am, and it’s now half-past. Phil Collinson, the producer, isn’t very happy. David Tennant and Billie Piper are sat on the industrial-looking spaceship set - the occasional eyeball and limb is there too, if you look closely enough - in the middle of the Newport studio, sandwiched between the TARDIS set and a Versailles corridor, thinking up innovative and interesting ways of upsetting the horse, when it arrives…
“Out of the way, four-legs?” suggests David.
“Move along, red rum!” says Billie.
“On your way, Tonto!”
There is a tumbleweed-beckoning silence as they try to think of another insult.
“Hmm,” says Billie, after a long pause, “Horse comedy, eh?”
“Yep,” nods David, still thinking hard, “a little bit of equine banter.”
“Horseplay!” jumps in Noel. “Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself.”
“Okay, let’s block this scene,” says Euros. It’s the “What’s a horse doing on a spaceship?” scene. “David, you and Arthur will be coming from here…”
“Arthur!” splutters Billie.
“Serious focus on the horse,” smirks David.
“Has the horse got its own trailer?” asks Noel. “If not, that’s discrimination.”
Peter Bennett, the first assistant director, reads in for Arthur. “Neigh!”
“Can you not say ‘neigh’?” exclaims Noel, “cos you say 'neigh’ and I just crack up!”
Other parts of this set are available here: [ one ] [ two ] [ three ] [ four ]
Other behind-the-scenes photosets are available here