1. I used to wonder if it was God’s plan that I should be alone for so much of my life. But I found peace. I found happiness within people and the world.

    (via marina-del-cyrus)

     
  2. the-dressage-moo:

    dressage-masters:

    golden-pony:

    Tips from Carl Hester

    Elite dressage rider Carl Hester’s 35 top tips on everything dressage – from finding the right horse, to training and stable management techniques!

    1 Dressage is not just for competition. It is gymnastics for horses and all horses can benefit from it, as they are more likely to stay sound with a long, stretchy neck, soft body and easy movement.

    2 You don’t have to spend a fortune on a horse for dressage - as long as the basic paces are there, the rest can be acheived through training. The main paces to look at are walk and canter, as with a bit of work a horse with a very normal trot can trot beautifully.

    In walk, the horse should use the whole of his body and have a good overtrack, where the hind foot lands in front of the print left by the front foot. A good canter has a bounding stride, with the hindleg jumping right underneath the horse and the front end lifted. Above all, though a good, natural rhythm is essential and is always more important than big movement.

    3 When a horse is tired, he’ll try to stretch down. Let him do it for a while as it’s something you want to encourage. To stretch your horse, lengthen the rein, lower your hand and massage his mouth with the bit by gently squeezing and releasing each rein. Stretch him regularly throughout your training sessions to relax him and reduce the risk of tension.

    4 In canter always ride forward – imagine there’s a big jump at the end of the long side that you’re going to take on!

    5 Dressage is about repetition, repeating exercises over and over again until it becomes part of the horse’s way of going. It takes dedication, but is simply about producing a well-schooled horse – something we’d all like to have!

    6 Even if your thing is dressage, mix your horse’s schooling up with hacking and jumping as it will keep him relaxed and interested. 

    7 Always compete at the level below the one you are working on at home, so that you are able to cope at the competition where there are many more distractions.

    8 Mirrors are a huge help in training as they enable you to see what your horse is doing – for example, how do you know whether he is straight without being able to see him?

    9 Working-in is one of the most important aspects of dressage. You want your horse to be long, round and stretching before you start more taxing work, to get the muscles in front of and behind the saddle soft and working – gymnasts don’t hop straight onto the top bar! Ideally, walk for 10 minutes to start with, but if your horse is fresh, it is best to trot on to settle him down. 

    10 Your horse must work in front of the leg. This means that he should move forward of his own accord and not expect you to keep motivating him – for example, if you ask for canter, he must learn to stay in canter without any leg pressure, until you tell him otherwise.  

    11 If your horse is not responsive to your leg, ask for halt and with a loose rein, give him sharp quick taps with your leg until he moves forward – it doesn’t matter what pace he goes into, just let him move forward.

    12 Create a work station on your yard, where everything to do with work happens – for example, tacking up and washing off – and keep his stable for relaxation only. Then your horse knows he can totally relax when he’s in his stable and won’t be expected to work.

    13 If your horse is too sensitive to the leg, work on lots of downward transitions. 

    14 Lots of transitions between canter and trot will help to improve the trot by getting him to carry more weight on his back end.

    15 To maintain balance while you’re working your horse, use lots of 
    half-halts. Think about using one before you ask your horse to 
    do anything.

    16 Give your horse sugar during training sessions as a reward and to help him mouth the bit, which will encourage him to salivate and make him lighter in the hand.

    17 Riding your horse ‘on and back’ involves asking him for a few lengthened strides before asking him to come back to his working pace, then repeating it several times. This will help you to get him to carry his head and neck, and achieve self-carriage. 

    18 When doing tempi changes – a series of flying changes – with more advanced horses, we ride along the wall of the arena to help keep the horse straight.

    19 With a horse who is trained to do collected canter, you want to 
    aim for a speed where someone can walk alongside you.

    20 Use leg-yield in canter to make your horse more aware of your legs.

    21 To help you maintain the rhythm while riding, keep a song in your head and sing it 
    to yourself while 
    you ride.

    22
     Get someone to video you riding so you can see what’s working and where things are going wrong. Sometimes it’s more beneficial than having someone on the floor telling you what you’re doing wrong.

    23 A good trot is all about suspension. When our horses are strong enough, we teach passage and use it to get suspension in the trot. We rise while doing this exercise, as it makes it easier for the horse and encourages lift. From passage, we take the trot forward until he realises that he needs to keep the suspension that he had in passage. If he loses the suspension, we halt, ask for passage and then try it again until he maintains the suspension in trot.

    24 As a test of 
    your training technique, go into rising trot and drop your reins. Your horse should stretch down, but if he sticks his head up, something needs adjusting in 
    your training.

    25 Never tell your horse off when teaching him flying changes, just keep repeating them until he gets it right, or he’ll start to get nervous and tense about doing them. 

    26 If you can’t halt square on the centre line, it’s your fault! It requires training, so to make sure you can do this, teach your horse that he must always stand square, even for mounting and dismounting. To teach your horse to stand square, ask for it along the side of the school. Trot, ask for a few steps of walk, then step forward into halt. He must step forward to halt, not back to halt.

    27 Hacking up hills will help with fitness and muscle development.

    28 In walk, try not to interfere too much and remember that during a test, a long walk on a free rein is not a time for a break! It requires as much attention and concentration 
    as the other movements.

    29 Don’t rush your schooling and ask for too much, too soon. It’s important that your horse is strong enough to be able to do what you’re asking him to do, or he could suffer injury. It normally takes four to five years to get to Grand Prix level, without any problems along the way, as it takes that long for the horse to become strong enough to perform the movements required at that level. If you have any setbacks, it can take longer and often does.

    30
     When you stop and salute the judge at a competition, remember 
    to smile! 

    31 Get to a show in plenty of time and hack your horse around the showground on a loose rein, so he has time to get used to his surroundings before he is expected to concentrate.

    32 Plenty of turnout allows your horse time to relax and he’ll be more relaxed during his training.

    33 At competitions, wear clothes and tack that you and your horse are used to and comfortable in. Suddenly using different equipment on competition day can affect your performance. If you have special show boots and tack, have a few dress rehearsals at home just before the show date.

    34 The key to training horses is patience and consistency – you will get there!

    35 If possible, recreate the type of arena you’ll be riding your test in at the competition and have a practice in it. For example, check what size the arena will be and measure one out the same size at home to practise the test in, or if you usually work in a school, but the competition is on grass, practise riding the test on grass.

    WHY DOES THIS NOT HAVE MORE NOTES OKAY CARL  YOU ARE THE BEST EVER>

    Carl is god.

    (Source: horseandrideruk.com, via horsesfuckyeah)

     
  3. sluttybang:

    British television at its finest

    (Source: gerardwhy, via silentwishess)

     
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  6. pulpdrinker:

    sex tip!! when he puts it in, yell ‘what are u doing in my swamp’

    (via kingsleyyy)

     
  7. gonzozeppeli:

    Just like grammar used to make

    (Source: trexjose, via i-am-mclovat)

     

  8. "

    The saddest word
    in the whole wide world
    is the word almost.


    He was almost in love.
    She was almost good for him.
    He almost stopped her.
    She almost waited.
    He almost lived.
    They almost made it.

    "
    — Tiny Stories (via rubydaley)

    (Source: untamedunwanted, via chairmanmeows)

     

  9. "

    1. Chocolate is only a temporary fix.

    2. A properly-fitting bra is not a luxury. It is a necessity.

    3. Your happiness is your happiness and yours alone.

    4. How to apply red lipstick.

    5. How to wear the crap out of red lipstick.

    6. A boyfriend does not validate your existence.

    7. Eat the extra slice of pizza.

    8. Wear what makes you feel gracefully at ease.

    9. Love the world unconditionally.

    10. Seek beauty in all things.

    11. Buy your friends dinner when you can.

    12. Wear sunscreen like it’s your second job.

    13. Try with all your might to keep in contact with far-away friends.

    14. Make the world feel at ease around you.

    15. Walk with your head up.

    16. Order a cheeseburger on the first date if you want to.

    17. Never, ever bite your nails.

    18. Swipe on some lipstick, put on your leather jacket, and sneak into a bar somewhere.

    19. Learn from your mistakes that night.

    20. Dental hygiene is not multiple choice.

    21. Your GPA is not a confession of your character.

    22. There is strength in breaking down.

    23. You don’t have to like yoga.

    24. Pick a tea.

    25. Take care of your feet.

    26. Pick a perfume.

    27. Even if you’re tall, wear the heels anyway.

    28. Classy is a relative term.

    29. Drink whiskey if you like whiskey.

    30. Drink wine if you like wine.

    31. Like what you like.

    32. Offer no explanation.

    33. Advil and Gatorade.

    34. You are no less of a woman when you’re in sweats and gym shoes than a woman in stilettos and a pencil skirt.

    35. A woman is a woman is a woman.

    36. Love your fellow woman with all your heart and soul.

    37. Cry, uninhibited, with your friends.

    38. Laugh until you can’t breathe with your friends.

    39. Tell me everything.

    40. Exercise to be strong and healthy. A beautiful soul needs a sturdy vessel.

    41. There is no shame in hoping for love.

    42. My cooking is the best cooking.

    43. Do not take sex lightly.

    44. I mean it.

    45. Anna Karenina. I’d like it if you read it.

    46. The world spins on the principle of inherent tragedy.

    47. Do not be blind to it.

    48. Men are effectively idiots until the age of 26.

    49. Carbohydrates are not the enemy.

    50. Involve yourself in an organized activity of your choosing.

    51. Listen to classical music occasionally.

    52. Take hot baths.

    53. Do not use bath salts.

    54. You are more than capable.

    55. I promise.

    56. Don’t smile if you don’t mean it.

    57. Mean your anger. Mean your sadness. Mean your pain.

    58. I am always, always listening.

    59. Travel.

    60. Get stuck in a foreign country with $4.67 in your account.

    61. Make me furious.

    62. Make me worry.

    63. Come home smelly, tired, and with a good story.

    64. Your story isn’t really yours.

    65. You are a compilation of others’ stories.

    66. Well-fitting and modest is ALWAYS sexier than too small and tight.

    67. Who cares if glitter isn’t tasteful?

    68. It’s too much eyeliner if you have to ask.

    69. Learn to bake for when you’re sad and I’m not there.

    70. Humility and subservience are not synonyms.

    71. Wash your face twice per day.

    72. Be gentle with your skin.

    73. Science is really cool.

    74. So is literature.

    75. And history.

    76. And math.

    77. There is no substitute for fresh air.

    78. Carry your weight.

    79. Make up for it later if you can’t.

    80. That salad is not better than pasta and it never will be.

    81. You’re fooling no one.

    82. Find at least three green vegetables you can tolerate.

    83. A smoothie is not a meal.

    84. Expect the best from everyone.

    85. People will let you down.

    86. Bask in the sun (wearing a sunhat and SPF 90).

    87. There is a certain kind of man you need to avoid at all costs.

    88. You’ll know it when you meet him.

    89. What other people say is right doesn’t always feel right.

    90. What feels right is where your happiness is.

    91. Give thoughtful gifts.

    92. Form an opinion.

    93. Stick to it.

    94. Exfoliation in moderation.

    95. Argue with people when you need to.

    96. If it’s worth fighting for, fight fiercely.

    97. Don’t fight for acceptance.

    98. You shouldn’t have to.

    99. Take pictures, but not too many.

    100. Follow your bliss at all costs. (I’m cutting you off at 22, though).

    101. Chocolate ice cream, however, might just be a permanent fix.

    "
     

  10. noirbettie:

    dandehaane:

    if u are scared or worried or stressed please just remember that even if you mess up super badly, doggies on the street will still tug on their owners when u walk by because they wanna say hello to u so badly

    This is legitimately comforting.

    (via hurtkid)

     
  11. beautifulgodzilla:

    THIS TOOK A FAR DIFFERENT TURN THEN I EXPECTED

    (via silentwishess)

     
  12. edwardspoonhands:

    I can confirm that I’ve said this word.

    (Source: dntdodrugs, via princesawyer)

     
  13. anakistarsong:

    zing-noir:

    River otters at the Zoological & Botanical Garden in Ichikawa, Japan

    omg the last one he pops up ahjfskghfagskjfkhdjs ahahaha

    This is what heaven looks like…

    (Source: minhonoo, via menstruacion)

     
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  15. pyreo:

    hijerking:

    ”?!” makes a sound in my head, but I can’t describe what it is.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnsiZOJjfUg

    (via princesawyer)