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I don't want to be, therefore I am undefined

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Hungry

Have you ever been so hungry that everything looks good but you are only craving one thing? Yeah, that’s me this week. And will I be satiated? No.

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Tired

Being tired but unable to sleep makes me cranky, angry, and overly sensitive. It also makes me think too much.

Why can’t I read your mind? Or better yet, why don’t you communicate your feelings with me?

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callmeoutis:

the worst thing about brokeback mountain is how they turned it into a joke here was a high profile drama with a-list actors and lgbt protagonists and then everybody just wrote it off and labeled it as “that gay cowboy movie” when they aren’t even gay cowboys they’re bisexual shepherds this is why we can’t have nice things

a million different kinds of truth here

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Filed under bi-erasure LBGTQAequality

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temporalwalker:

whitetail-music:

terezibutttouchpyrope:

feeltheasterbro:

ashlei-11:

Season 1
Episode 0 - The Lost Episode
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8256wCCBVe8
Episode 1 - Divide And Conquer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCsvFyABFaw (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WarH4fWAJak (Part 2)
Episode 2 - Sisters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEpUt9TaC30 (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my7aq0Np5qI (Part 2)
Episode 3 - Final Exam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETFcA1fd1i0 (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee9efk5jvRw (Part 2)
Episode 4 - Forces Of Nature
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b90rRCF90Pg (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL27oS1sbBM (Part 2)
Episode 5 - The Sum Of His Parts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Gd8Mz4PlI (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL7jR8TZJFI (Part 2)
Episode 6 - Nevermore
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pYAN_8tIVc (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyG-Zf-pJ_4 (Part 2)
Episode 7 - Switched
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL9cipjIiek (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=592kdmyuazc (Part 2)
Episode 8 - Deep Six
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2SzAnhrvl8 (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFWUx2XAsa8 (Part 2)
Episode 9 - Masks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOGW-Ehqc8M (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEC3QhpJltI (Part 2)
Episode 10 - Mad Mod
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLtlQw2FnZQ (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCTqCDktzYU (Part 2)
Episode 11 - Car Trouble
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E86PG6I94eY
Episode 12 - Apprentice: Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8KmuR8I6-E
Episode 13 - Apprentice: Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8WcTRzc1b4
Season 2
Episode 1 - How Long Is Forever?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg4LCoXx6z4
Episode 2 - Every Dog Has His Day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOd_LKbBxRY
Episode 3 - Terra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT4UARv3q14
Episode 4 - Only Human
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81rgdZOLxLc
Episode 5 - Fear Itself
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRd8kEQlQTY
Episode 6 - Date With Destiny
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U7higUXWgc
Episode 7 - Transformation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtmaeEDGrjs
Episode 8 - Titan Rising
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCliW6-V0zw
Episode 9 - Winner Take All
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Un7I7aKEg
Episode 10 - Betrayal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydRPJh7CCfo
Episode 11 - Fractured
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X-4-RP2lNs
Episode 12 - Aftershock: Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT2XYKSZ6Cs
Episode 13 - Aftershock: Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4bYhitHdsU
Season 3
Episode 1 - Deception
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLYQZ_6LO24
Episode 2 - X
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWG5gV-lP7Y
Episode 3 - Betrothed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHWidNhkqHM
Episode 4 - Crash
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cBDPohJPJY
Episode 5 - Haunted
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV75398EDB8
Episode 6 - Spellbound
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddR-OOOi3VU
Episode 7 - Revolution
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NttY8gP-4kY
Episode 8 - Wavelength
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c39cU9U9Y6I
Episode 9 - The Beast Within
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrIS2xWemDU
Episode 10 - Can I Keep Him?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjWeYH4eb8k
Episode 11 - Bunny Raven Or How To Make A Titananimal Disappear
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZMHsKNjDZ4
Episode 12 - Titans East: Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BekN5yJ-p-s
Episode 13 - Titans East: Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rivymSon2dI
Season 4
Episode 1 - Episode 257-494
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jimVIT076O0
Episode 2 - Cyborg The Barbarian
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKjNt8E-12g
Episode 3 - Birthmark
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN7mZTCyc2I
Episode 4 - The Quest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eEkHsZOvzE
Episode 5 - Employee Of The Month
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JE8wQgm06Q
Episode 6 - TROQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeAmLlBDAfw
Episode 7 - The Prophecy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6lBiu5NBv0
Episode 8 - Stranded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7-cM1n-93o
Episode 9 - Overdrive
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0k_UayidyY
Episode 10 - Mother Mae-Eye
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGU1VqWTw-w
Episode 11 - The End: Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLMX2zP10rA
Episode 12 - The End: Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFiO-Jgu9R0
Episode 13 - The End: Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr9d0BgXOhU
Season 5
Episode 1 - Homecoming: Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgxdSgr8MhE
Episode 2 - Homecoming Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBGjxH95h_M
Episode 3 - Trust
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPSMRtmGTas
Episode 4 - For Real
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnWb4-NoHsw
Episode 5 - Snowblind
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak1f0_ofZHs
Episode 6 - Kole
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4JxP7_kbSw
Episode 7 - Hide & Seek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1LcI6hb-cY
Episode 8 - Lightspeed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npQ0JmfwcO8
Episode 9 - Revved Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvevViDfQnc
Episode 10 - Go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_n_PVPxDJw
Episode 11 - Calling All Titans
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1zrB9FsyNE
Episode 12 - Titans Together
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nx7s6EmbxA
Episode 13 - Things Change
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjI88vqanAI
Movie
Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41jyffgWORg

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS

WELL I KNOW WHAT IM DOING ALL NIGHT

Omg yes

woah okay
tomorrow

temporalwalker:

whitetail-music:

terezibutttouchpyrope:

feeltheasterbro:

ashlei-11:

Season 1

Episode 0 - The Lost Episode

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8256wCCBVe8

Episode 1 - Divide And Conquer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCsvFyABFaw (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WarH4fWAJak (Part 2)

Episode 2 - Sisters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEpUt9TaC30 (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my7aq0Np5qI (Part 2)

Episode 3 - Final Exam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETFcA1fd1i0 (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee9efk5jvRw (Part 2)

Episode 4 - Forces Of Nature

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b90rRCF90Pg (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL27oS1sbBM (Part 2)

Episode 5 - The Sum Of His Parts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Gd8Mz4PlI (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL7jR8TZJFI (Part 2)

Episode 6 - Nevermore

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pYAN_8tIVc (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyG-Zf-pJ_4 (Part 2)

Episode 7 - Switched

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL9cipjIiek (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=592kdmyuazc (Part 2)

Episode 8 - Deep Six

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2SzAnhrvl8 (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFWUx2XAsa8 (Part 2)

Episode 9 - Masks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOGW-Ehqc8M (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEC3QhpJltI (Part 2)

Episode 10 - Mad Mod

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLtlQw2FnZQ (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCTqCDktzYU (Part 2)

Episode 11 - Car Trouble

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E86PG6I94eY

Episode 12 - Apprentice: Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8KmuR8I6-E

Episode 13 - Apprentice: Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8WcTRzc1b4

Season 2

Episode 1 - How Long Is Forever?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg4LCoXx6z4

Episode 2 - Every Dog Has His Day

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

Episode 3 - Terra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT4UARv3q14

Episode 4 - Only Human

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81rgdZOLxLc

Episode 5 - Fear Itself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRd8kEQlQTY

Episode 6 - Date With Destiny

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U7higUXWgc

Episode 7 - Transformation

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

Episode 8 - Titan Rising

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCliW6-V0zw

Episode 9 - Winner Take All

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Un7I7aKEg

Episode 10 - Betrayal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydRPJh7CCfo

Episode 11 - Fractured

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X-4-RP2lNs

Episode 12 - Aftershock: Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT2XYKSZ6Cs

Episode 13 - Aftershock: Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4bYhitHdsU

Season 3

Episode 1 - Deception

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLYQZ_6LO24

Episode 2 - X

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWG5gV-lP7Y

Episode 3 - Betrothed

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

Episode 4 - Crash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cBDPohJPJY

Episode 5 - Haunted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV75398EDB8

Episode 6 - Spellbound

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddR-OOOi3VU

Episode 7 - Revolution

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NttY8gP-4kY

Episode 8 - Wavelength

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c39cU9U9Y6I

Episode 9 - The Beast Within

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrIS2xWemDU

Episode 10 - Can I Keep Him?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjWeYH4eb8k

Episode 11 - Bunny Raven Or How To Make A Titananimal Disappear

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZMHsKNjDZ4

Episode 12 - Titans East: Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BekN5yJ-p-s

Episode 13 - Titans East: Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rivymSon2dI

Season 4

Episode 1 - Episode 257-494

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jimVIT076O0

Episode 2 - Cyborg The Barbarian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKjNt8E-12g

Episode 3 - Birthmark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN7mZTCyc2I

Episode 4 - The Quest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eEkHsZOvzE

Episode 5 - Employee Of The Month

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JE8wQgm06Q

Episode 6 - TROQ

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

Episode 7 - The Prophecy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6lBiu5NBv0

Episode 8 - Stranded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7-cM1n-93o

Episode 9 - Overdrive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0k_UayidyY

Episode 10 - Mother Mae-Eye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGU1VqWTw-w

Episode 11 - The End: Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLMX2zP10rA

Episode 12 - The End: Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFiO-Jgu9R0

Episode 13 - The End: Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr9d0BgXOhU

Season 5

Episode 1 - Homecoming: Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgxdSgr8MhE

Episode 2 - Homecoming Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBGjxH95h_M

Episode 3 - Trust

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

Episode 4 - For Real

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnWb4-NoHsw

Episode 5 - Snowblind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak1f0_ofZHs

Episode 6 - Kole

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4JxP7_kbSw

Episode 7 - Hide & Seek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1LcI6hb-cY

Episode 8 - Lightspeed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npQ0JmfwcO8

Episode 9 - Revved Up

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

Episode 10 - Go

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_n_PVPxDJw

Episode 11 - Calling All Titans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1zrB9FsyNE

Episode 12 - Titans Together

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nx7s6EmbxA

Episode 13 - Things Change

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjI88vqanAI

Movie

Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41jyffgWORg

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS

WELL I KNOW WHAT IM DOING ALL NIGHT

Omg yes

woah okay

tomorrow

(via kyranwolfe)

Filed under entertainment tv shows

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sailorsunspot:

Ruby’s Theme: I miss you, dead mom, and I am going to have a variety of weird friends

Weiss’ Theme: I fear this loneliness inside of me

Blake’s Theme: I have become a monster to free myself from my oppressors

Yang’s Theme: HAHA FUCK YOU I AM INVINCIBLE BITCH

(via teething-roosters)

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Until I started taking my antidepressants, though, I didn’t actually know that I was depressed. I thought the dark staticky corners were part of who I was. It was the same way I felt before I put on my first pair of glasses at age 14 and suddenly realized that trees weren’t green blobs but intricate filigrees of thousands of individual leaves; I hadn’t known, before, that I couldn’t see the leaves, because I didn’t realize that seeing leaves was a possibility at all. And it wasn’t until I started using tools to counterbalance my depression that I even realized there was depression there to need counterbalancing. I had no idea that not everyone felt the gravitational pull of nothingness, the ongoing, slow-as-molasses feeling of melting down into a lump of clay. I had no way of knowing that what I thought were just my ingrained bad habits — not being able to deposit checks on time, not replying to totally pleasant emails for long enough that friendships were ruined, having silent meltdowns over getting dressed in the morning, even not going to the bathroom despite really, really, really having to pee — weren’t actually my habits at all. They were the habits of depression, which whoa, holy shit, it turns out I had a raging case of.

Not Everyone Feels This Way — The Archipelago — Medium (via brutereason)

I totally identify with this

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Filed under depression

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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>

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.

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(Source: horseandrideruk.com, via on-the-bit)

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