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Zodiac Signs in general

(Check your sun sign [DOB] and/or ascendant/rising sign)

Aries: Very chill, impulsive in decision making, dislikes restrictions; whether in personal space, relationships/friendships, loves tomatoes and anything spicy, enjoys eating and being free, their vocal range is powerful, medium to large sized lips.

Taurus: Not agressive but forceful, has good taste in outfit picking and food dishes and everything else in aesthetic, dislikes people without common sense, loves material possesions, loves gifts, very nice voice or distinct tone of voice, does not learn at the pace of others, prefers their own rhythm of doing things, vocal range is second highest to that of Virgo, sensual lips and throat is prominent

Gemini: likes sparkly things, very vocal, can burn your ass with their word phrasing, likes to talk for hours, enjoys reading books, magazines and anything informative, likes to work or do something with their hands, needs mental stimulation instead of physical stimulation, adapts easily to immediate environment, hates being pinned down, has an instinct to detect bullshit, can easily deceive making it real, their vocal range is scattered, uncontrolled vibrato, hands/arms are prominent

Cancer: very sensitive people, likes to cook, they consider themselves chefs, LOVES music, full-round faces, talks about emotions, most likely to cry during sad or touching movie trailers, home is their secure base, attached or close to mother and women figures, soft but firm vocal range, chest is a prominent feature

Leo: Confident, leader in anything, hair and eyebrow are their prominent features, may have ‘Lion’ characteristics, very theatrical, loves to be praised and be the center of attention, other people are their ‘servants’, stands out immediately, strong vocal range

Virgo: very musical, loves analytical things, detail-oriented, very high vocal range, strives for perfection, fussy at home regarding cleaning, detective stuff is interesting, clean image, stomach is noticeable as their feature

Libra: wants to get along with others, since Libra and Taurus are both ruled by Venus, Libra too has a pleasing aesthetic, attractive, gives beauty to anything it touches, you can’t hate this sign no matter what they do ‘cause they do it well, anything fits this sign, dresses well, sexy but not vulgar, very artistic, likes fashion, makeup, needs a partner or wants to be with someone committed, face looks pleasing

Scorpio: magnetic personality, you hurt a scorpio and hell breaks loose and you get stung, powerful and demanding voice, prefers dark shades of color, sex is their thing, very passionate, demands the same attention it gives, penetrating stare, motherfucking sexy as f’, smells bullshit from a mile away, their sexual organs are a prominent feature

Sagittarius: ‘foot-in-the-mouth-disease, blunt, says things like they are, very nice legs or well-formed legs, likes to be physically and mentally stimulated to be happy, prominent smile, walks like a horse (or their walk is like a ‘trot’), red/orange, purple and other warm color hues are their thing, loves music, straightforward, very direct voice.

Capricorn - disciplined, endures good and bad shit, likes to stand out in public, fame is what they strive for, most likely to be in the public eye, there’s always something recognizable about the sign, thin appearance, the elderly are important to them, success is always sure for them, executive look, chiseled chins and knows what’s up, shins and knees are what they deal with the most

Aquarius: very fucking original, a feature always stands out, eccentric, electric, very strong personality, visionary, sets trends in anything you can think of, musical prodigy, technology is their thing, needs mental stimulation, intellectual, calf (leg) are their noticeable body part

Pisces: a very sensitive snowflake, is liked by everyone, green/blue colors fit them, ‘mermaid’ look, breathes music, any look fits them due to their ability to fit like water in a cup, extremely musical, possesses all the qualities from the rest of the zodiac signs since it’s the last sign, silky hair, well-shaped feet, big eyes

Zodiac Signs in general

Aries: Very chill, impulsive in decision making, dislikes restrictions; whether in personal space, relationships/friendships, loves tomatoes and anything spicy, enjoys eating and being free, their vocal range is powerful, medium to large sized lips.

Taurus: Not agressive but forceful, has good taste in outfit picking and food dishes and everything else in aesthetic, dislikes people without common sense, loves material possesions, loves gifts, very nice voice or distinct tone of voice, does not learn at the pace of others, prefers their own rhythm of doing things, vocal range is second highest to that of Virgo, sensual lips and throat is prominent

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How to get into pet space when you’re single / in a LDR

I know it can be difficult to get into pet space when you don’t have an owner to aid in the transition but here are some things you can do at home by yourself:

Canine:

  • Eat things that require you to tear at your food and use your molars (EX. roast, beef jerky, etc.)
  • Go to the store and browse the collar / toy aisle
  • Buy yourself a collar or toy, even if you are unowned (you deserve it)
  • Eat food and drink water from a bowl
  • Toss your toy on the floor and pounce on it
  • Roll around on your back to scratch your back
  • Get on the floor and play with your dog or cuddle against him while he’s sleeping
  • Explore your room while crawling around on your hands and knees, move things around with your nose and paw at things
  • Wear your hair down and messy (especially if you’re a wolf)
  • Shake your head and burrow into your hands like they are paws
  • Go nuts when you’re in the bath

Feline:

  • Lick your hands like a cat licks it’s paws
  • Eat food and drink water from a bowl
  • Spoil yourself with a feathery toy or a collar
  • Crouch down and pounce on your toy
  • Let yourself get carried away with some string
  • Curl up in a ball while you watch TV or go on your phone
  • Practice sitting with good posture
  • Spoil yourself again with some high end food from a fancy plate
  • Avoid the bath (but secretly love them)
  • Meow and make small noises at your cat

Bunnies:

  • Go outside and crawl around in the grass (maybe even throw in a few hops)
  • Nom on some sweet veggies or fruits
  • Actually, chew on anything
  • Wriggle the nose
  • Like cats, if if fits, you sits or hides
  • Lay in the flowers
  • Play with balls or small toys
  • Pick things up with your mouth then throw them, run and pick them up again

Pony:

  • Go walking/trotting/running through the woods
  • Wear your hair down or in twisted tail bun 
  • Brush your hair or let it go wild
  • See if you can find a small lead-rope or make one
  • Put a baggie/bowl of oatmeal/oats (plus water or milk) in the microwave, so it’s cooked and treat yourself to a healthy snack. (can be topped with fruit as well)
  • Chew on some sugar cubes, not too many, don’t make yourself sick

glitter-nd-gold  asked:

It it really plausible for people to talk while traveling at a face pace on horseback? In my experience in riding, once you went faster than a trot it was hard to hear anyone without shouting over the hoofbeats, but I read stories all the time where characters will talk to each other normally while running.

Hey, thanks for the ask!

It’s possible but not terribly easy. Past the trot, the wind generated by the speed of your horse becomes LOUD and you can’t hear much over it, never mind the hoof beats and the sounds of creaking tack, grass rustling, etc. And even very fit riders become breathless while riding at the canter and gallop, so that further inhibits your ability to speak clearly.

At the trot, I’ve held full conversations out hacking. It’s easier to talk clearly while posting than sitting, in my experiences at least, but very possible. Talking at the walk is the same if not easier than talking while walking on your own two legs.

I hope this answers your question!

~Mod Charlotte

WWRD 03: Freedom Doesn’t Exist

Originally posted by princeuji

→ angst, implied smut, vampire/war!au
→ when a forbidden relationship between the general’s daughter and a vampire used as a military tool takes place during the war.
prologue: “I know” | 01 I swear on my honor | 02 “Marry me” [M] | 03 Freedom doesn’t exist | 04 On the Other Side

And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

A/N: I should be studying for chem but this happened! ASFAEFflkj ENJOY

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anonymous asked:

If you still wanted a Tim fic prompt, would you write a fic based on that sleepwalking headcanon list? Specifically on Damian following him because he's worried?

Usually I try to finish prompts in order but this one just wrote itself. I feel like I should apologise because you were probably wanting something cute and fluffy, which this decidedly isn’t. I like it though so I hope you enjoy :)

Damian is woken suddenly by the jangle-jangle-thump of Titus jumping off his bed. He lies there for a moment, still half-asleep and confused, until Alfred stretching and stepping over his face to follow his canine companion forces him to sit up and investigate the late-night disturbance. Titus has already nudged open the door and is disappearing into the hallway, Alfred slinking along in his shadow.

“Titus?” Damian calls softly. His animals don’t even pause. Grumbling under his breath, Damian throws off the warm covers and hops across his room to pull on fluffy socks and his dressing gown before going to investigate.

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Synonyms for 95 Commonly Used Words
  1. Amazing — incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary
  2. Anger — enrage, infuriate, arouse, nettle, exasperate, inflame, madden
  3. Angry — mad, furious, enraged, excited, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused, inflamed
  4. Answer — reply, respond, retort, acknowledge
  5. Ask — question, inquire of, seek information from, put a question to, demand, request, expect, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz
  6. Awful — dreadful, terrible, abominable, bad, poor, unpleasant
  7. Bad — evil, immoral, wicked, corrupt, sinful, depraved, rotten, contaminated, spoiled, tainted, harmful, injurious, unfavourable, defective, inferior, imperfect, substandard, faulty, improper, inappropriate, unsuitable, disagreeable, unpleasant, cross, nasty, unfriendly, irascible, horrible, atrocious, outrageous, scandalous, infamous, wrong, noxious, sinister, putrid, snide, deplorable, dismal, gross, heinous, nefarious, base, obnoxious, detestable, despicable, contemptible, foul, rank, ghastly, execrable
  8. Beautiful — pretty, lovely, handsome, attractive, gorgeous, dazzling, splendid, magnificent, comely, fair, ravishing, graceful, elegant, fine, exquisite, aesthetic, pleasing, shapely, delicate, stunning, glorious, heavenly, resplendent, radiant, glowing, blooming, sparkling
  9. Begin — start, open, launch, initiate, commence, inaugurate, originate
  10. Big — enormous, huge, immense, gigantic, vast, colossal, gargantuan, large, sizable, grand, great, tall, substantial, mammoth, astronomical, ample, broad, expansive, spacious, stout, tremendous, titanic, mountainous
  11. Brave — courageous, fearless, dauntless, intrepid, plucky, daring, heroic, valorous, audacious, bold, gallant, valiant, doughty, mettlesome
  12. Break — fracture, rupture, shatter, smash, wreck, crash, demolish, atomize
  13. Bright — shining, shiny, gleaming, brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, radiant, vivid, colourful, lustrous, luminous, incandescent, intelligent, knowing, quick-witted, smart, intellectual
  14. Calm — quiet, peaceful, still, tranquil, mild, serene, smooth, composed, collected, unruffled, level-headed, unexcited, detached, aloof
  15. Come — approach, advance, near, arrive, reach
  16. Cool — chilly, cold, frosty, wintry, icy, frigid
  17. Crooked — bent, twisted, curved, hooked, zigzag
  18. Cry — shout, yell, yowl, scream, roar, bellow, weep, wail, sob, bawl
  19. Cut — gash, slash, prick, nick, sever, slice, carve, cleave, slit, chop, crop, lop, reduce
  20. Dangerous — perilous, hazardous, risky, uncertain, unsafe
  21. Dark — shadowy, unlit, murky, gloomy, dim, dusky, shaded, sunless, black, dismal, sad
  22. Decide — determine, settle, choose, resolve
  23. Definite — certain, sure, positive, determined, clear, distinct, obvious
  24. Delicious — savoury, delectable, appetizing, luscious, scrumptious, palatable, delightful, enjoyable, toothsome, exquisite
  25. Describe — portray, characterize, picture, narrate, relate, recount, represent, report, record
  26. Destroy — ruin, demolish, raze, waste, kill, slay, end, extinguish
  27. Difference — disagreement, inequity, contrast, dissimilarity, incompatibility
  28. Do — execute, enact, carry out, finish, conclude, effect, accomplish, achieve, attain
  29. Dull — boring, tiring„ tiresome, uninteresting, slow, dumb, stupid, unimaginative, lifeless, dead, insensible, tedious, wearisome, listless, expressionless, plain, monotonous, humdrum, dreary
  30. Eager — keen, fervent, enthusiastic, involved, interested, alive to
  31. End — stop, finish, terminate, conclude, close, halt, cessation, discontinuance
  32. Enjoy — appreciate, delight in, be pleased, indulge in, luxuriate in, bask in, relish, devour, savour, like
  33. Explain — elaborate, clarify, define, interpret, justify, account for
  34. Fair — just, impartial, unbiased, objective, unprejudiced, honest
  35. Fall — drop, descend, plunge, topple, tumble
  36. False — fake, fraudulent, counterfeit, spurious, untrue, unfounded, erroneous, deceptive, groundless, fallacious
  37. Famous — well-known, renowned, celebrated, famed, eminent, illustrious, distinguished, noted, notorious
  38. Fast — quick, rapid, speedy, fleet, hasty, snappy, mercurial, swiftly, rapidly, quickly, snappily, speedily, lickety-split, post-haste, hastily, expeditiously, like a flash
  39. Fat — stout, corpulent, fleshy, beefy, paunchy, plump, full, rotund, tubby, pudgy, chubby, chunky, burly, bulky, elephantine
  40. Fear — fright, dread, terror, alarm, dismay, anxiety, scare, awe, horror, panic, apprehension
  41. Fly — soar, hover, flit, wing, flee, waft, glide, coast, skim, sail, cruise
  42. Funny — humorous, amusing, droll, comic, comical, laughable, silly
  43. Get — acquire, obtain, secure, procure, gain, fetch, find, score, accumulate, win, earn, rep, catch, net, bag, derive, collect, gather, glean, pick up, accept, come by, regain, salvage
  44. Go — recede, depart, fade, disappear, move, travel, proceed
  45. Good — excellent, fine, superior, wonderful, marvellous, qualified, suited, suitable, apt, proper, capable, generous, kindly, friendly, gracious, obliging, pleasant, agreeable, pleasurable, satisfactory, well-behaved, obedient, honourable, reliable, trustworthy, safe, favourable, profitable, advantageous, righteous, expedient, helpful, valid, genuine, ample, salubrious, estimable, beneficial, splendid, great, noble, worthy, first-rate, top-notch, grand, sterling, superb, respectable, edifying
  46. Great — noteworthy, worthy, distinguished, remarkable, grand, considerable, powerful, much, mighty
  47. Gross — improper, rude, coarse, indecent, crude, vulgar, outrageous, extreme, grievous, shameful, uncouth, obscene, low
  48. Happy — pleased, contented, satisfied, delighted, elated, joyful, cheerful, ecstatic, jubilant, gay, tickled, gratified, glad, blissful, overjoyed
  49. Hate — despise, loathe, detest, abhor, disfavour, dislike, disapprove, abominate
  50. Have — hold, possess, own, contain, acquire, gain, maintain, believe, bear, beget, occupy, absorb, fill, enjoy
  51. Help — aid, assist, support, encourage, back, wait on, attend, serve, relieve, succour, benefit, befriend, abet
  52. Hide — conceal, cover, mask, cloak, camouflage, screen, shroud, veil
  53. Hurry — rush, run, speed, race, hasten, urge, accelerate, bustle
  54. Hurt — damage, harm, injure, wound, distress, afflict, pain
  55. Idea — thought, concept, conception, notion, understanding, opinion, plan, view, belief
  56. Important — necessary, vital, critical, indispensable, valuable, essential, significant, primary, principal, considerable, famous, distinguished, notable, well-known
  57. Interesting — fascinating, engaging, sharp, keen, bright, intelligent, animated, spirited, attractive, inviting, intriguing, provocative, though-provoking, challenging, inspiring, involving, moving, titillating, tantalizing, exciting, entertaining, piquant, lively, racy, spicy, engrossing, absorbing, consuming, gripping, arresting, enthralling, spellbinding, curious, captivating, enchanting, bewitching, appealing
  58. Keep — hold, retain, withhold, preserve, maintain, sustain, support
  59. Kill — slay, execute, assassinate, murder, destroy, cancel, abolish
  60. Lazy — indolent, slothful, idle, inactive, sluggish
  61. Little — tiny, small, diminutive, shrimp, runt, miniature, puny, exiguous, dinky, cramped, limited, itsy-bitsy, microscopic, slight, petite, minute
  62. Look — gaze, see, glance, watch, survey, study, seek, search for, peek, peep, glimpse, stare, contemplate, examine, gape, ogle, scrutinize, inspect, leer, behold, observe, view, witness, perceive, spy, sight, discover, notice, recognize, peer, eye, gawk, peruse, explore
  63. Love — like, admire, esteem, fancy, care for, cherish, adore, treasure, worship, appreciate, savour
  64. Make — create, originate, invent, beget, form, construct, design, fabricate, manufacture, produce, build, develop, do, effect, execute, compose, perform, accomplish, earn, gain, obtain, acquire, get
  65. Mark — label, tag, price, ticket, impress, effect, trace, imprint, stamp, brand, sign, note, heed, notice, designate
  66. Mischievous — prankish, playful, naughty, roguish, waggish, impish, sportive
  67. Move — plod, go, creep, crawl, inch, poke, drag, toddle, shuffle, trot, dawdle, walk, traipse, mosey, jog, plug, trudge, slump, lumber, trail, lag, run, sprint, trip, bound, hotfoot, high-tail, streak, stride, tear, breeze, whisk, rush, dash, dart, bolt, fling, scamper, scurry, skedaddle, scoot, scuttle, scramble, race, chase, hasten, hurry, hump, gallop, lope, accelerate, stir, budge, travel, wander, roam, journey, trek, ride, spin, slip, glide, slide, slither, coast, flow, sail, saunter, hobble, amble, stagger, paddle, slouch, prance, straggle, meander, perambulate, waddle, wobble, pace, swagger, promenade, lunge
  68. Moody — temperamental, changeable, short-tempered, glum, morose, sullen, modish, irritable, testy, peevish, fretful, spiteful, sulky, touchy
  69. Neat — clean, orderly, tidy, trim, dapper, natty, smart, elegant, well-organized, super, desirable, spruce, shipshape, well-kept, shapely
  70. New — fresh, unique, original, unusual, novel, modern, current, recent
  71. Old — feeble, frail, ancient, weak, aged, used, worn, dilapidated, ragged, faded, broken-down, former, old-fashioned, outmoded, passé, veteran, mature, venerable, primitive, traditional, archaic, conventional, customary, stale, musty, obsolete, extinct
  72. Part — portion, share, piece, allotment, section, fraction, fragment
  73. Place — space, area, spot, plot, region, location, situation, position, residence, dwelling, set, site, station, status, state
  74. Plan — plot, scheme, design, draw, map, diagram, procedure, arrangement, intention, device, contrivance, method, way, blueprint
  75. Popular — well-liked, approved, accepted, favourite, celebrated, common, current
  76. Predicament — quandary, dilemma, pickle, problem, plight, spot, scrape, jam
  77. Put — place, set, attach, establish, assign, keep, save, set aside, effect, achieve, do, build
  78. Quiet — silent, still, soundless, mute, tranquil, peaceful, calm, restful
  79. Right — correct, accurate, factual, true, good, just, honest, upright, lawful, moral, proper, suitable, apt, legal, fair
  80. Run — race, speed, hurry, hasten, sprint, dash, rush, escape, elope, flee
  81. Scared — afraid, frightened, alarmed, terrified, panicked, fearful, unnerved, insecure, timid, shy, skittish, jumpy, disquieted, worried, vexed, troubled, disturbed, horrified, terrorized, shocked, petrified, haunted, timorous, shrinking, tremulous, stupefied, paralyzed, stunned, apprehensive
  82. Show — display, exhibit, present, note, point to, indicate, explain, reveal, prove, demonstrate, expose
  83. Slow — unhurried, gradual, leisurely, late, behind, tedious, slack
  84. Stop — cease, halt, stay, pause, discontinue, conclude, end, finish, quit
  85. Story — tale, myth, legend, fable, yarn, account, narrative, chronicle, epic, sage, anecdote, record, memoir
  86. Strange — odd, peculiar, unusual, unfamiliar, uncommon, queer, weird, outlandish, curious, unique, exclusive, irregular
  87. Take — hold, catch, seize, grasp, win, capture, acquire, pick, choose, select, prefer, remove, steal, lift, rob, engage, bewitch, purchase, buy, retract, recall, assume, occupy, consume
  88. Tell — disclose, reveal, show, expose, uncover, relate, narrate, inform, advise, explain, divulge, declare, command, order, bid, recount, repeat
  89. Think — judge, deem, assume, believe, consider, contemplate, reflect, mediate
  90. Trouble — distress, anguish, anxiety, worry, wretchedness, pain, danger, peril, disaster, grief, misfortune, difficulty, concern, pains, inconvenience, exertion, effort
  91. True — accurate, right, proper, precise, exact, valid, genuine, real, actual, trusty, steady, loyal, dependable, sincere, staunch
  92. Ugly — hideous, frightful, frightening, shocking, horrible, unpleasant, monstrous, terrifying, gross, grisly, ghastly, horrid, unsightly, plain, homely, evil, repulsive, repugnant, gruesome
  93. Unhappy — miserable, uncomfortable, wretched, heart-broken, unfortunate, poor, downhearted, sorrowful, depressed, dejected, melancholy, glum, gloomy, dismal, discouraged, sad
  94. Use — employ, utilize, exhaust, spend, expend, consume, exercise
  95. Wrong — incorrect, inaccurate, mistaken, erroneous, improper, unsuitable

If you still think that you are not able to transfer some of your emotions and thoughts to your friends or family in a perfect way and feel very uncomfortable about that feelings you may take a look:

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Play Behavior. Day 2: Piggy Back

Fiona piggy backing on Bicho

What? Mounting another wolf and continuing to “ride” them, despite the other wolf walking, trotting, running, bouncing or bucking.

Why? This behaviour is seen during social or agonistic play such as wrestling but can also appear in courtship. It can be playful but it can also involve overt aggression. 

There is a case of wolves at Wolf Park actively soliciting this behaviour, as was the case in 1993 of an adult male wolf, Chinook, appearing to “invite” his son, Socrates, to mount him and walk around with him.

After Socrates’ persistent attempts to mount him days before, Chinook, wearing a “play face” repeatedly backed into Socrates, nudging him with his rump. The motor pattern and persistence was similar to that a female soliciting mounting from a hesitant or distracted male. After failed attempts to sidestep the invitation, Socrates mounted Chinook and Chinook took off with the puppy riding several yards. One can only speculate why this behaviour may have occurred but it may simply have been a reinforcing and enjoyable activity for them both!

anonymous asked:

How can I unlearn my anger when I'm riding? I get very frustrated when I'm asking for something I know I (& my horse) can do, what can I do to be patient is what I'm asking. (I'm on mobile)

okay this ask is over 2 years old so don’t shoot me just yet.  

I struggle with this too.  And honestly, the best advice I can give you is to:

a) ALWAYS have a plan.  If you’re a novice rider or trainer (for context, I consider myself a novice) Its extremely beneficial/ almost essential to make a game plan.  Go over what it is that you want to work on during your training session.  For instance, I might want to work on developing lateral work at the walk.  Ill think about the steps I need to take to warm up my horse so he will be ready to do walking laterals, and I need to think about how I will apply my aids to get those behaviors Im asking for, and I need to asses whether my horse understands those aids well enough to be able to preform the exercises correctly.  To get to that point in my session, I may warm up at the trot, and canter to loosen him up.  I may begin with a simple leg yield.  As I do this exercise, I asses if my horse is responding to me in a way id like.  Even though I KNOW my horse can yield away from my leg, if he isn’t responding the way id  like him to, I need tell myself to take a step back and go over each little behavior that constitutes a leg yield.  I may hop off and work on sensitizing him to my leg by touching a whip to where my leg would be and rewarding him for responding to it.  I may also sensitize him to rein aids, were if I pick up the inside rein, he should shift weight to the outside shoulder and calmly drift away from me.  I could even break these steps into smaller steps if he’s still not responding etc. etc.  Its a little complicated, but training requires extensive theoretical knowledge, and if you make a plan on how to address a horse who isn’t doing what you’d like it to, you’ll be able to stay calm and reasonable in your requests.  If you don’t make a plan, you risk “escalation”, where instead of trying to explain yourself either more clearly or in a different way, you just make your aids bigger, bolder, and increasingly more aggressive if the horse continues to “disobey” you.  This is NOT the path to harmony with your horse lol.  Easier said than done FOR SURE, but practice this and you’ll get better.  Having a backup plan is really helpful too.  If something isn’t going well and you feel yourself becoming frustrated, its best to move onto plan B and start “fresh” with a new behavior.  As you gain more experience, you can be more flexible with your initial plan and adjust your training session as you go to suit how your horse feels on that day.  Flexibility is a learned skill essential to training animals and it takes time to develop, so don’t beat yourself up for not being able to to it.  I still struggle haha.

 and b) break the behavior into super small steps that make it easy for the horse to understand.  If you’re struggling to work on something that you know you or your horse is capable of, its completely OKAY to go back a few steps and work on it like you just introduced the behavior.  Thats called building a better basic.  It doesn’t mean that your horse “forgot” the training you’ve done in the past.  Think of this as an opportunity to build up the foundation of your training that allows you to move on to more difficult things that require greater degrees of balance and control.  Heres my shitty example:

Say you’ve been working on getting your horse to walk on an accurate circle without leaning to one side or the other (its difficult!)  You’ve done it and you feel that your ready to move on to trot.  Now you’re working on trotting on the circle, and then you feel ready for the canter.  You work on this for a few weeks, but one day, all of the sudden, your horse is leaning to the inside and just will not yield to your inside rein or leg.  Instead of fighting the horse in the canter, go back to walking (or trotting) on a circle.  There are SO many variations of walking/trotting on a circle and so many useful exercises you can do at the walk/trot on a circle.  If you work on these, you may very well find that not only has your walk work improved, but so has your trot and canter!

See how in the “after”, the base is wider? This represents the better foundation you’ve just put under your more advanced training.

I know a lot of people on here reading this will probably roll their eyes thinking “this is common sense”, but you have no idea how many professional instructors I’ve watched or taken a lesson with have insisted that their students and horses “already know how to do that” and make their students reprimand their horses for not obeying aids that their horse clearly never had a good fundamental understanding in… an example I’ve seen is when a trainer insist that their student keep their very crooked/ physically asymmetrical horse “straight” at the trot and canter when jumping a line of jumps, even when said horse hasn’t even the slightest clue on how to be straight and even at the walk! 

The Complete Beginners Guide

Intro:

This is something that was heavily requested by beginner riders, everything here that I have spoken about was requested by you guys. I am not a professional and everything that is said is what I know and what I have learnt personally and what I teach kids in lessons and every day at work where I’m working with people who have never touched a horse before coming out on trail rides. I do not suggest those who are a beginners reading this to try any of the medical things I’ve talked about, please speak to a professional or your trainer before even attempting it.

I hope you all enjoy this, it has taken me ages to get this all together and type this up. If you wish to have another topic added to this post or you have a question about ANYTHING that I have said here please feel free to ask me any questions you have and I’ll be more than happy to answer it.

This post will go into the FAQ for future reference for everyone so it will be easier to find!

Clothing

      What to Wear

As a beginner rider, you DONT have to go to the barn, stables whatever looking like a million dollars every day especially if you’re on a budget!

The best things to wear are any old shirts or if you want to look a bit more decent a polo shirt is always good and you can pick them up pretty cheap (I’m talking $4+). When you ride you want to wear something comfortable but enough to protect your legs from being rubbed my the stirrup leathers so wearing a pair of jeans, jodhpurs or breeches OR if you’re really feeling lazy you can of course wear sweat pants/track pants riding since they are EXTREMELY comfortable!

You should always wear boots when riding, or at least something with a heel so your whole foot does not slipping through the stirrups and boots that have a flat sole with a little treading in case you do happen to fall off your foot can slide out and not get stuck. You don’t need to go out and spend HUNDREDS of dollars on fancy tall boots, all you really need is just a pair of paddock boots and half chaps or if you ride western just a pair of western boots!

Helmets! You should ALWAYS ride with a helmet on your head, i don’t give a shit if your ride western and it makes you look dumb just WEAR A HELMET! It’s better than not wearing one and falling off and either killing yourself or ending up with bad head/brain injuries.

Helmets are fairly cheap and again you DONT need to go spend stupid amounts of money on a helmet because of its brand because ALL helmets out on the market right this second are all tested the same, they all have the same safety standards. You’re only paying for the brand.

When getting a helmet you should make sure the helmet fits your head correctly, the helmet should not slip back or slip down to your nose with movement, it should sit firmly on your head but not enough that it will give you a headache while riding (consult a sales assistant in your local tack store to help you out!)

NEVER buy a helmet second hand for one reason, when you fall off you ‘should’ replace your helmet because there could unseen cracks on or inside your helmet which can make the helmet not do its job very well next time you fall off!

Catching a horse & Grooming:

                 How to catch a horse

To catch a horse you will need and halter/headstall and a lead rope! The key thing is, is to be organized with your halter and lead rope (lead rope should be clipped to the halter) before you walk into the paddock or stall. Once you are ready, walk into the paddock or stall and approach your horse slowly, if the horse stands there calmly and doesn’t run off, put the lead rope over the horse’s neck so if the horse dose decide to do a runner you have something to grab hold of the horse with. Next slip the horses nose through the nose band and pull the halter on, then put your right arm over the horses head (ideally just behind the ears and grab the straps that’s going to buckle up and continue to pull the halter on and buckle it up! pull the lead rope off around the horses neck and off you go to the barn or tie up rail, post whatever.

if you horse is the run off as soon as they see you walk towards them with a halter type its best to make there little habit into work! (Only if the paddock they are in isn’t 987795637242894 acres!) Chase the horse around the paddock as if you were lunging the horse, they will soon tire out and give up. Bribing with feed is the WORST thing to do but if it becomes beyond the joke then use feed.

               How to unrug

Unrug is easy but again can be dangerous since you’re playing around the horses back legs with straps. To unrug either tire your horse up to something that will break if the horse pulls back. Next unbuckle the neck and fold in down onto the horses back, then undo the chest straps, once you have done this run you hand down the side of the horse and over his butt so the horse knows you there and unclip the leg straps and then clip them back up to the rug. (Makes it sooooo much easier when you go to rug again!) and then slowly take the rug off the horse and fold it up and put it somewhere, were it won’t be in yours or anyone else’s way.

                How to groom

Grooming a horse is very straight forward! You will need a body brush, dandy brush, curry comb, hoof pick and a mane and tail brush and maybe a sponge to wipe snot out of noses and gunky shit out of their eyes.

Brush with the fur and not against it as it will feel uncomfortable for the horse!

                 What to look for when grooming you horse?

When grooming it’s also a fantastic time to look over the horse for cuts, scraps, lumps and bumps that could of happened over night in the paddock or stable.

                Cleaning hooves and what to look for in hooves

To clean out your horse’s hooves you need a hoof pick! Once you have that simply stand side on to the horses leg so you butt is facing towards the front of the horse. Once you’re in this position running you left hand down the horses leg to their tendons which are located at the cannon bone above the fetlock and give a little squeeze on the tendon and the horse should pick up its hoof for you which then you quickly run that left hand down on the hoof when the horse shifts its weight to pick up, once you have hold of the hoof get your hoof pick and start picking the dirt, mud and poop out of the hoof. While doing this you should be also checking that the horse does not have any thrush which is commonly around the horse’s frog and will be powdery looking and white and will smell disgusting which you will notice the second you start picking out the horses hoof and is something you should treat as soon as possible. It’s good to treat Thrust with something strong enough to kill the bacterial infection but gentle enough to not irritate and kill off good tissue in the horse’s hooves some good treatments are iodine solutions, cider vinegar, tea tree oil and menthol based creams, but please consult a vet, farrier or a trainer before going in and treating it!

You should also look for cracks and holes in the hoof wall for Seedy Toe with is another bacterial infection from walking in wet paddocks and arenas all the time. It is another quick fix and all you will need is a hoof knife, a pocket knife, a tin of blue stone and a container of sole pack which is basically a putty.

Pick your horses hoof up and find the hole with your hoof knife and dig around, once you find the hole get your pick knife and start digging into it and scrap all the black infection out of it and you will know that it is the infection as soon as you start digging and scrapping into it as it will give off a really bad smell. Once you have dug out as much of it as you can, do not let the horse put its hoof down until your finished treating it. Grab a handful of blue stone and sprinkle a good amount into the hole you have just dug the blue stone is like an anti-bacterial to help kill the infection once you have packed the hole with blue stone, get a small amount of sole pack and smooth it over the top of the blue stone to seal that hole up and keep that blue stone in. Once you have done that your horse is free to go and you should do that every few day or at least once a week until the infection has cleared up! (Again please get a vet or farrier in to check it out first)  

Tack & Tacking up:

                        What tack to use?

There is MANY different varieties of tack out there that can be very confusing to someone who has just started in the equestrian world so i will run through the basics and what those items do!

                          Saddles

There is also many varieties of saddles in the world made for different disciplines of riding. The main ones you will see in a tack store will see:

All Purpose Saddle - which is a saddle commonly used because well the name says it all, it can be used for anything English! The seat of an AP saddle is deep enough for dressage and the cantle of the saddle is low enough to jump but still high enough for the dressage use of it. The flaps are in between the sizes of a dressage and jumping saddle.

Jumping/ Close Contact Saddles - A jumping saddle is a saddle used for riders who compete and ride doing Show Jumping, Cross Country or US Hunter Jumpers. The seat is almost flat to give the rider more space to move themselves with the horse over higher jumps to make it easier on the horse compared to a dressage saddle that has a higher cantle to keep the rider in place. The saddle also has shorter flats as a jumping rider will have shortened up stirrup leathers so they can get themselves out of the saddle and into a two point seat.

Dressage Saddle - A dressage saddle is used for dressage (obviously) the saddle has a much deeper seat for the rider to feel the horse under neither them and to keep themselves in the right position to execute the right signal to the horse. The flaps on a dressage saddle are long and normally have big knee rolls to again keep the rider in the right position!

Australian Stock Saddle - A stock saddle is styled like an English saddle X with a Western saddle, it has long flats, a deep western-ish English styled seat with a high cantle, it has knee rolls that sit just in front of your thighs to keep you locked into the saddle and secured and are made to be ridden in for long hours for weather you’re doing cattle work, trail riding, or even for playing Polo Cross or doing camp drafting in. The Stock saddle is also a VERY ideal saddle to break a horse in with for obvious reasons! However the stock saddle has NO horn.

(if you have one with a horn you should probably set fire to the fugly thing ;) )

Australian Swinging Fender/ Half Breed Saddle - The same as the stock saddle they are a mix between a western saddle and the stock saddle. They have the stock saddle tree and seat and the western saddle stirrup leathers and stirrups and the girth is done the same as a western saddle on some of them and have NO horn.

Western Saddle -  Similar to the stock saddle varieties is the Western saddle, It’s something that is more popular in the US and is used for cattle work or doing rodeo activities along with trail riding. Again this is another saddle that is made to be ridden in for long hours and this saddle does have a horn.

(Where a horn should belong!)

                                  Saddle Fitting

Not all saddles will fit your horse! Every horse has a different body shape… just like us. Some horses will have high withers and some with a wither you can’t even see because the horse is so fat or just have a really flat back. Some horses are wider and some are skinner so it’s very important to have a saddle that fits your horses back correctly. If you saddle does not fit correctly your horses will more than definitely let you know about it by either

- Bucking and pig rooting while being ridden.

- Get girth shy and try and turn around and bite you.

- Get a very sore back and you will notice if you ran you hand down there back and they start to flinch and tense up.

- Pressure marks will come up in the horse’s fur as white patches of hair.

If your horse start doing these things it’s a good idea to stop riding them and get a professional saddle fitter out to fit a new saddle to them.

Ideally when fitting a saddle to a horse you should ALWAYS try the saddle on them WITHOUT a saddle pad first. The saddle should be able to comfortably sit behind the shoulder blade and you should be able to run your hand between the horse and gullet pretty comfortably. Next you need to make sure the pommel of the saddle isn’t in contact with the wither you need at least 2 -3 fingers clearance. Next the saddle should sit balanced on the horses back, so move the saddle side to side and it should stay in place. Lastly the length of the saddle matters too! The saddle should NOT past the last rib on the horse which is more case with Western saddle and Stock saddles!

**disclaimer: I’m not a professional saddle fitter, this is just what I’ve been taught and it’s worked out pretty well for me. I do suggest going to a trained professional (trainer at your barn or an actually saddle fitter) that knows how to saddle fit for advice **

                                    Leg stretching

Now that you have your horse saddled and ready to go, it’s always best to stretch the front legs! By stretching the front legs you pulling the skin out from under the girth which will prevent girth galls/chaffing but not only that it will help make your horse not so stiff in the shoulder if they are worked constantly and your horse will probably love you for it!

Riding:

                   Mounting your horse

When you mount a horse you should always mount it from the left hand side (near side), put your left foot into the stirrup while holding onto either the front of the saddle, cantle of the saddle or both while you have one hand on the reins so you horse does not move off. It is best and better on a horses back to mount with a mounting block, log, milk crate or someone to give you a leg up! So you’re not putting a lot of strain on the horses back before you’re even on top of them. Not only that but it will be better on your saddle and especially your stirrup leathers in the long run!

Once you are on the horse and you’re happy with the length of your stirrup leathers you then need to make sure that only the ball of your foot is in the stirrups and your heels are down (this applies to you western kids too!) Why you ask? When you only have the ball of your feet in the stirrups you will have more balance and it’s a tone more safer for in case you fall off your feet can slide out easier and quicker than having your whole foot in the stirrup where you have the risk of your foot getting stuck in the stirrup if you were to fall off. With your heels down it will make your legs feel more comfortable in the long run if you’re riding for a few hours and it’s also helps to not accidently nudge the horse to go faster when you don’t want to.

                                 Control

Now that you’re on the horse, you need to control it! It’s very straight forward.

Stop - simply pull back gently on the reins and apply more pressure if the horse is not stopping quickly enough for you. Make sure when your pulling back you keep your hands low and below your belly button! If you pull high and towards you head (like i have seen MANY MANY MANY times) the horse is NOT going to listen.

Left - Shorten up your reins and pull your left rein towards your left hip (keep your hands low)

Right - Shorten up your reins and pull your right rein towards your right hip (keep you hands low)

Go - to make the horse go, simply move your feet back till you can feel the horses belly and squeeze your heel on them. Once they start moving move your feet away and off there belly until you wish to go faster.

Shortening up reins - When someone tells you to “shorten up your reins’ it’s just mean to run your hands further down the rein to shorten them up a bit so you have a bit more control.

- Walk

A walk is a 4 beat pace that is the first thing that will ever happen as soon as you tap that horse to move forward, it’s very easy and smooth and pretty much straight forward.

- Balance

Balance is everything at a walk you should be able to comfortable be able to ride the horse at a walk with no stirrup and no hands and still be able to sit correctly

     - Transition to trot

To move onto a trot, squeeze the horse with your heel and your horse should start to trot, sit TWO or THREE beats of the trot to get the rhythm and then start to rise!

-Trot

   - What is a trot?

A trot is a TWO beat pace, it is very rough and is one of the hardest paces of a horse and a pace that is known to loose riders balance if they are trying it for the first time

   - Rising/posting

Since the trot had two beats you want to be able to rise to EVERY second beat. The easiest way to explain it is, if you can feel the saddle hitting your ass you’re supposed to be standing for a second and then sitting and then standing etc.

   - Sitting

A sitting trot is something that is used in a lot of dressage work and obviously can be used for anything because it is a very handy thing to learn especially for transitioning into a canter!

What you want to do is to slow the horses trot down or even better bring the horse back to a walk, sit deep, keep your heels down, sit up and straight and then move your horse into a trot, do NOT grip with your legs otherwise you will just bounce off the horse. As you are trotting you want to your legs right down to your heels to take the shock/movement of the trot while your just sitting there taking it.

  - Transition to canter and balance

To transition you want to be sitting the trot for a few stride while squeezing the horse on into a canter, you balance in between that might be off but once you practice that sitting trot you will be able to transition into that canter a lot smoother and more balanced.

- Canter

  - What is a canter?

A canter is a THREE beat pace, it is very smooth and easy to ride. (Depending on the horse!!)

   - seated

Being seated in a canter is a basic that should be learnt the second you start cantering and for some odd reason I find a LOT of people I have no clue. When a horse is cantering you move in a rocking horse kind of motion, you move with the horse not against it. To stay seated you keep your heels down, sit deep, and don’t grip with your legs just like a sitting trot but this will be a thousand times easier and you not getting bounced around the place!

   - Half seat/ two point

A half seat or a two point seat is something used by people who do show jumping or hunter jumpers and you will see them standing and leaning forward like they are galloping but they are just cantering into a jump, they find it easier to half seat it around the course for fuck knows why but it’s also the position to be in when you’re about to take off at a jump to make it easier on the horse to get over that rail.

- Gallop

   - What is a gallop?

A gallop is a FOUR beat pace, it is the fastest pace a horse can go.

   - How to gallop

To gallop squeeze your horse again while in a canter and the horse will start to take off striding out longer and pick the pace up and you will soon find its too hard to sit so the best thing to do it stand up into a half seat/two point seat.

-  Artificial Aids (crop, spurs, martingales etc.)

Artificial Aids on a horse are your spurs, your crop, the martingales anything else that is attached to the horse to aid it.

   - How to use them correctly

An artificial aid is basically and extension of something so the spurs are an extension of your leg, your crop is an extension of your arm. However to use an artificial aid you NEED to know how to use them correctly, spurs should be used for last resort and you should start with soft spurs and work your way up if the horse isn’t responding to your how you would like it to, you should never be at the point where you are booting the living shit out of a horse with spurs, you should only have to lightly tap or nudge them. With a crop you should only have to tap them with it and not flog the fuck out of it. With martingale and tie downs they should be just right and not tight that the horse is having its head forced to its chest. If you horse is not responding to anything of these you’re doing something wrong and you should probably go back to basics and use your NATURAL AIDS that are your LEGS, SEAT, HANDS and VOICE or talk to a trainer.

                Spooking, Bolting, Pig Rooting, Bucking and Tripping

    - Why it happens

Spooking, bolting, pig rooting, bucking and tripping can happen for a number of reasons.

If your horse is spooking or bolting, chances are they took fright at something. Pig root and bucking can be course by tack not fitting right, the horse is uncomfortable and sore or just being a lil shit! As for tripping it could be a sign that your horse needs he’s hooves done or could be just simply be bored of whatever they are doing and aren’t playing attention to the job orrrr could be just that gravity is a bitch!

    - What to do if they happen

If they spook, right your horse past or lead your horse near the object that its spooking at and get them use to it, if they take off bolting on you simply turn your horse into a very sharp circle to make them stop or run them into the closest fence or gate and pray they don’t decide to jump it, for pig rooting and bucking either ride through it if they are not sore or you have tack not fitting correctly but if that is the case them seek some professional help to sort out the problem. For tripping get a farrier to check out your horses feet if they need doing or if you think they are bored switch your training and some something different every now and then!

                           Untacking:

Untacking is doing reverse of everything we have talked about above!

To dismount, take both feet out of the stirrups, lean forward, swing your right leg behind you and jump down.

Next tie your horse up, and run your stirrups up (run the stirrup up the inside leather).

Next, undo your girth and then walk around the other side you can either take the girth completely off the saddle or you can flip the girth over the top of the saddle or you can tuck in over your stirrup. After that pick your saddle up off the horses back and place it where ever you wish to leave your saddle for a few moments, Then take off your saddle pad, if its soaked in sweat leave your saddle pad out somewhere to dry over night or for the rest of the day before putting it away otherwise it will go very smelly if you put it away wet. Next you take your bridle off and put your horses halter back on!

   - Hosing down

To hose your horse down after you ride take your horse to the wash bay or somewhere that appropriate to wash your horse down. Tie your horse to something that will break if your horse insists on pulling back (bailing twine is great for this!) Next turn your hose on and start wetting your horses legs first to get them use to the temperature of the water because im use you wouldn’t like someone spraying in the back suddenly with freezing cold water! After a few minutes go ahead and start washing the sweat out of your horse.

          - How to dry off your horse off properly

To dry your horse off get a sweat scraper and run that all over your horses neck and body and get as much water as you can, then with your hands run them down your horses legs right down to the fetlock to get the water off there. Next get a towel and dry your horses legs again with that really well and then dry the horses face off and rest of the body. If you don’t dry your horse off properly over time you will start to see scabby sores appear on your horse’s legs (horses with white socks are prone to it) and a potential of rain scald can appear on your horses back from water being trapped in your horses coat.

   - Rugging

Again rugging your horse back up is the same as above but in reverse!

Place the rug on your horse, unclip your legs straps, get the left side clip and clip its straight around the the left clip, get the right clip and hook it through the left leg strap and clip it to the right clip so the legs straps cross over. Next do up your chest straps, then the belly straps if your rug has those and then your neck straps!

  - cleaning tack

Tack cleaning is pretty straight forward and you don’t need much instruction to do it but you can use saddle oil, saddle soap or saddle conditioner to clean all your leather tack. You should ideally clean you tack at least once a week!

If you tack is synthetic then all you need is a damp cloth or sponge and wipe all your tack over to get the dust, dirt or mud off!

Feeding:

    Feeding is a hard topic to talk about because in all honesty it all depends on your horse and how much work it gets each day or week etc.

Horse Heath

        - Basic horse first aid

Basic first aid is stuff you can treat yourself. Every horse owner should have a first aid kit for their horse/s in that kit you should have….

- Vet wrap or wraps that sticks to itself

- A digital thermometer (don’t get mercury as it doesn’t give an accurate temperature)

- An antiseptic wound spray or wash

- Absorbent padding, gauze, cotton wool

- Scissors

- Scalpel

- Spare wormers

        - When to call a vet

As you know vets cost a LOT to call out to visit your horse. If your horse is bleeding out, has a very deep cut, is colicing or something that you are VERY worried about, call a vet. If your horse has a scratch or a tiny cut or something that you can fix up yourself with what is in your ‘first aid’ kit for your horse which we just went through then do it yourself and save some money and don’t call the vet out.

       - When to worm a horse

You should worm your horse every 6 – 8 weeks. If you have no idea you can notice by looking at your horses poop and if you see worms in it, then that’s a BIG sign that you need to worm your horse ASAP!

You can also get your vet or our send in a fecal sample to your local vet for them to do a worm count and they can tell you exactly when to worm and what worming product will work best at that time!

Sometimes Rain Falls

A BTS Fanfiction

Type: AU/Alternative Universe

Summary: Sometimes a normal life is a good one to lead; its nice…its easy…
But sometimes, normal isn’t the way that things were meant to be. And when you’re chosen as a possible candidate for one of the kingdom’s 7 princes, life isn’t as nice and easy as you always presumed it to be…especially when you catch the eye of more than one of them…

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You’re excitedly bouncing in place next to Hoseok half an hour later, having changed clothes as quickly as you could, before running back to meet him in exactly the same place, frowning in confusion when you realise he’d already changed, but smiling at him none the less when he reaches his hand out for you to hold, before beginning to pull you down the gravel path that, when taken to the right, lead to the stables.

As soon as you catch sight of the first glistening black stallion you feel your breath escape your lungs, your astonishment bringing Hoseok to a stand still, and you can see in your peripheral vision the way he feels you slow; turning to see what was wrong and widening his eyes worriedly before he sees your expression of wonder.

‘Aren’t they beautiful?’ he asks, smiling fondly at you and chuckling when you nod dumbfoundedly.

‘Which one would you like to ride?’ he asks, gesturing around to the stables set out in a sort of hexagon, a number of horses stood outside being tended to. But its only when you see the beautiful dapple black mare shuffling agitatedly to one corner of the stables, trying to get the attention of one of the hands helping out with another horse, that you know exactly which one was perfect for you.

‘Am I allowed to ride that one?’ you ask Hoseok quietly, gesturing to the horse, and looking up at him to see him squinting his eyes slightly, almost as if he was judging your choice in a bad way, before he looks back at you and leans down suddenly to drop a kiss to the edge of your mouth- the move seeming as though he’d changed his mind at the last minute- having originally been aiming for your mouth.

‘If that’s the one you want-‘

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