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malfoypure:

A muggleborn and pureblood couple having their first child and the pureblood not knowing about ultrasounds so they don’t understand why their partner is dragging them to a muggle doctor until they get there and suddenly they see a physical picture of their newborn child and hear it’s little heartbeat and it’s better than any magic they’ve ever seen.

(via tacklessriding)

Friday July 25th // Filed under: why did this make me cry,
tacklessriding:

fivegaited:

A brand new saddle for me, fresh out of the box :)  My old one was 5 years old (5 years of HEAVY use!) and didn’t fit my horses well, this is a huge upgrade in terms of what it does for my horses and my position!  In other news, basically all of the money I have made this summer has been poured right back into my horses.  Not that I’m complaining!!

Wooow i wish i could have a hrímnir too!! This saddle is like heaven!

In the past I haven’t liked some of the older Hrímnirs I’ve tried but that was some time ago, this model really is amazinggg I love how it fits my horses and I LOVE how close contact it is :)  I would seriously recommend it!!

tacklessriding:

fivegaited:

A brand new saddle for me, fresh out of the box :) My old one was 5 years old (5 years of HEAVY use!) and didn’t fit my horses well, this is a huge upgrade in terms of what it does for my horses and my position! In other news, basically all of the money I have made this summer has been poured right back into my horses. Not that I’m complaining!!

Wooow i wish i could have a hrímnir too!! This saddle is like heaven!

In the past I haven’t liked some of the older Hrímnirs I’ve tried but that was some time ago, this model really is amazinggg I love how it fits my horses and I LOVE how close contact it is :) I would seriously recommend it!!

Friday July 25th //
eyjalin:

Not a model - just casually checking out the girls.. #Klerkur #lastsummer #ridiculouslyphotogenic #horny #moment #ofgott #icelandichorse #hilarious

eyjalin:

Not a model - just casually checking out the girls.. #Klerkur #lastsummer #ridiculouslyphotogenic #horny #moment #ofgott #icelandichorse #hilarious

Friday July 25th // Filed under: icelandic horse, icelandic horses,
I've always wanted an Icelandic I was obsessed with them for years when I was younger! but sadly I am too big so I am happy with my beautiful thoroughbred! love your blog keep up the good work!! asked by navicata

Fivegaited.tumblr.com/tagged/size-talk
My boss is a big strong 6’2” man and he’s not too big, I kinda doubt you are, either. I loooooove thoroughbreds btw, I still technically own one actually but she is retired and in someone else’s care :) I find them very similar to Icelandic horses in terms of how sensitive and willing they are, both have endless energy and are very tuned into the rider but I do find the Icelandic horse’s energy is more easily focused and they tend to be less flighty (but just as alert) :) Both breeds are great choices in my opinion!

Friday July 25th //
A brand new saddle for me, fresh out of the box :)  My old one was 5 years old (5 years of HEAVY use!) and didn’t fit my horses well, this is a huge upgrade in terms of what it does for my horses and my position!  In other news, basically all of the money I have made this summer has been poured right back into my horses.  Not that I’m complaining!!

A brand new saddle for me, fresh out of the box :) My old one was 5 years old (5 years of HEAVY use!) and didn’t fit my horses well, this is a huge upgrade in terms of what it does for my horses and my position! In other news, basically all of the money I have made this summer has been poured right back into my horses. Not that I’m complaining!!

Friday July 25th //
eyjalin:

Ístölt Austurland 2014 #Trú #born2009 #2place #tölt #slowtölt #promising #iceland #icelandichorse

eyjalin:

Ístölt Austurland 2014 #Trú #born2009 #2place #tölt #slowtölt #promising #iceland #icelandichorse

Friday July 25th // Filed under: icelandic horse, icelandic horses,
Friday July 25th // Filed under: icelandic horse, icelandic horses,
what about a wood fence with a line electrical fencing running along it asked by Anonymous

unhappyhorses:

A sturdy fence with a strand of electrical wire for insurance is a solid option. I stand by the idea that the perfect pasture would have no painful or unpleasant element, purely because we should always seek to prevent pain or discomfort in the horse whenever possible, but it is an unfortunate truth that this isn’t always possible. So I definitely understand people who feel the need for an electrical element to their fencing. 

If you’re going to use electrical fencing, using it in conjunction with solid fencing is best. Using electrical tape (as someone mentioned) as opposed to wire is also a good option because it’s highly visible.

-UH

The most common accident I have seen in my career so far has been horses rolling/playing alongside a solid fence and getting tangled. I have seen/heard of more horses severely injure themselves this way than any other way. Countless severe cuts and tendon injuries, and one very good mare I knew broke her leg this way and had to be euthanized. Once at work in Iceland, a gelding was playing and showing off next to a fence and managed to get himself suspended by his belly, three legs off the ground, one hind foot touching the ground. Because I was alone with another small woman, we had to call for help and keep the horse calm for close to 20 MINUTES before anyone could come and help us take apart the fence and save the horse. He was unharmed, amazingly, because Icelandic horses are amazing and he didn’t struggle or panic at all. Maybe it’s just coincidence that I’ve encountered so many accidents like this, but the sum of it was enough to scare me away from building fencing without at least an electric line to keep horses away from the wood planks when we built our own place. The paddocks have solid fencing with an electric line, the fields have electric tape (because I’ve known horses who got tangled up in electric wire and that was bad too), and this is the setup I feel safest with for my animals :)

Friday July 25th // Filed under: discussions,

Like finally I have someone incredibly experienced to teach me who rides as beautifully and quietly and gently as I aspire to and the horses just start dancing and its so beautiful and effortless and lively and nothing is forced or uncomfortable for me or the horses and just ugh. This is the best summer.

Thursday July 24th // Filed under: summer at thor,
Hey! Do you know any good equestrian blogs to follow? asked by truee-destiny

unhappyhorses:

barefoothooves:

I only follow blogs that promote not being an asshole to your horse/critique the horse industry, so I would recommend:

heartofhorselords

barefootdressage

unhappyhorses

fuglyhorses

myicelandichorses

the-gentle-equestrian

and that’s pretty much the extent of the active horse blogs that I follow!

I got the same ask, so I’ll second these, and add that fivegaited posts a lot of good stuff.

And I’ll mention that if you have a blog you think I’d like, feel free to message me, and I’ll check it out and maybe promote it. I’m always looking for new horse blogs to follow that highlight good training and general ethical treatment.

Wahh thank you :) and I like all of the blogs listed too, would recommend!!

Thursday July 24th //

Today I rode both of my horses out with my boss and had two of the best rides I have had in my life. I am so happy. Oh my gods.

Thursday July 24th // Filed under: freaking out brb, summer at thor,

The FIVE-POINT Seat

Theodor Heinze, in his 1889 book “Die Deutche Reitkunstschule”, describes a five-point seat: “The rider finds his main support in five points. He must sit on three points, the fork and the two seat bone, i.e. the lowest extremities of the hips, and he must make contact between the two joint heads of this thighs that lie on the inside of the knees and the saddle.” Heinze postulates that the rider should keep his pelvis well forward in the saddle and rotate his thighs flat to the inside, to bring “the greatest part of the thigh muscles into contact with the saddle. Consequently, the rider has much more contact area, i.e. stability, than if he wanted to hold on with the backs of this knees, which would have the further disadvantage of not being able to ride an irritable horse.”

Heinze’s suggestion is superior to the three-point seat and is closer to practical reality. The rider’s weight can be supported by the horse’s back on the right and left part of the spine down to the middle of the ribcage, where the ribs are vertical. This is a rather large area over which the rider’s weight can now be distributed in a variety of ways. The seat bones rest on the long back muscle (longissimus dorsi), whereas the rider’s thighs lie more or less on the broad back muscle (latissimus dorsi).

Gerd Heuschmann (Tug of War 2008) has shown very nicely that the long back muscle is a movement muscle and as such is not well suited to carrying the load, whereas the latissimus dorsi is a much better candidate for this task. This is exactly in alignment with my own practical observations: If a rider sits too much on his seat bones, the horse’s back will drop and the horse hollow, which is unfortunately a very widespread mistake.

This does not mean that any weighting of the seat bones should be completely avoided. I always recommend that my students think of a frozen lake when they use their seat bones. You don’t know if the ice is strong enough to hold your weight. So you won’t jump onto the ice, but you will test with one foot how much weight the ice can support, before cracks start to show…

Dressage Principles Based on Biomechanics by Dr Thomas Ritter, page 178 (via barefootdressage)

Wow my boss and I were literally just talking about this, awesome!

Thursday July 24th // Filed under: quote,