theclickerkid:

africandogontheprairie:

koryos:

exozoology:

It’s World Mental Health Day today, so I thought I’d share this with you as it’s something very close to my heart.
Mental illness is not only limited to humans, but non-human animals can also be afflicted. The underlying neurophysiology is quite similar across higher animals, but sadly an area very poorly understood.

An animal suffering from a mental disorder is as much in need of understanding, support, and love, as any of us.

Hey, I wrote an article on this topic!

The “Skinner mindset” that tells us to think of animals as little input-output machines has really detracted from the fact that they have highly emotional lives same as we do.

This is amazing and absolutely worth a watch.

This is really important stuff. The part where she talked about helping her dog with his anxiety, and how it changed her life, really hits me as the owner of a neglected rescue horse and as someone with some pretty severe mental health issues. I really relate to the anxiety of horses. I’ve also approached my own anxieties the same way I help Zeke to approach his - gradually, and with lots of positive reinforcement. Understanding that animals can suffer in the same way is so important.

(via animalethics)

heartofhorselords:

Portrait of Louis XIV of France - check out this fancy ass fucker! (also check out the obviously Baroque horse and the spotted pattern!)

Bad as ass

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scienceofcatastrophe:

justbeajumper:

amazing-freakin-grace:

e-q-u-i-t-a-t-e:

e-q-u-i-t-a-t-e:

THIS KID HAS BETTER POSITION THAN ME

Plus not only does this kid have awesome position, it’s awesome to see them riding in a bitless bridle as well.

    I’d never put a kid in a shank hackamore…she’s way too young and obviously balancing on her hands, transporting that pressure from her hands to the facial bones of the pony.

Oh she’s fine. The kid is amazing!

No, actually. No she’s not. That’s a LOT of leverage to put in the hands of a small child, and she’s really balancing hard on it. This puts a lot of pressure on the pony’s face, and hurts. That isn’t fair to the pony.

Get a clue people. Yes shes cute. No one is blaming the child. The trainer is at fault.

centuriespast:

Early Days of the Steam Train (Effects of the Railroad on the Brute Creation)

by unknown artist

Date painted: 1838

Oil on canvas, 28 x 35.4 cm

Collection: Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum

(via double-bridle)

“If the rider really wants to try and present his horse so that it makes a striking impression by means of its splendid appearance, then it is essential to put a complete end to tugging at the horse’s mouth with the reins.”
— Translation from Xenophon’s treatise

fivegaited:

theclassicalhorse:

fivegaited:

And the most heartbreaking thing is when you see an Icelandic horse that has gone to a trainer from some other discipline, and has had that joy in movement completely destroyed. I’ve seen that a few times in the US and it kills me - it’s why most of us in the sport will recommend that people who…

Goes for any horse really :(

Oh definitely, it’s just especially sad when you see it in a breed that has this willingness as one of the central characteristics.. There are breeds where the joy of moving forward has been bred out of the horses intentionally - humans have created lazy, lethargic, poorly confirmed animals that literally have trouble moving forward past a certain point because that’s what so many people want - a dead broke animal. Icelandic horses are bred to dance forward, with this light, bubbly spirit - when you see that trained out of them, it’s just really really sad.

Just like when people buy huge warmbloods with big, powerful movement and they become afraid of this huge power and use draw reins and tie downs to break his natural way of going.

fivegaited:

And the most heartbreaking thing is when you see an Icelandic horse that has gone to a trainer from some other discipline, and has had that joy in movement completely destroyed. I’ve seen that a few times in the US and it kills me - it’s why most of us in the sport will recommend that people who…

Goes for any horse really :(

poetsteps:


Horses trained under Phillipe Karl [x] and Anja Beran [x]

i was introduced to these equestrians by classicalequestrian and i found the riding to be beautiful and the horses to be so responsive. the piaffe is so nice in the first gif from a video on Karl, and he is riding a Hanoverian gelding High Noon in the second one. the horse moves so fluidly and lightly. the third gif is a piaffe of a mighty big lusitano under Anja, and the fourth gif is part of Anja’s video and I just thought it was wonderful how lightly the aids were being used to produce such a wonderful response from the horse. all of this gives me hope for a better future for horses in dressage. poetsteps:


Horses trained under Phillipe Karl [x] and Anja Beran [x]

i was introduced to these equestrians by classicalequestrian and i found the riding to be beautiful and the horses to be so responsive. the piaffe is so nice in the first gif from a video on Karl, and he is riding a Hanoverian gelding High Noon in the second one. the horse moves so fluidly and lightly. the third gif is a piaffe of a mighty big lusitano under Anja, and the fourth gif is part of Anja’s video and I just thought it was wonderful how lightly the aids were being used to produce such a wonderful response from the horse. all of this gives me hope for a better future for horses in dressage. poetsteps:


Horses trained under Phillipe Karl [x] and Anja Beran [x]

i was introduced to these equestrians by classicalequestrian and i found the riding to be beautiful and the horses to be so responsive. the piaffe is so nice in the first gif from a video on Karl, and he is riding a Hanoverian gelding High Noon in the second one. the horse moves so fluidly and lightly. the third gif is a piaffe of a mighty big lusitano under Anja, and the fourth gif is part of Anja’s video and I just thought it was wonderful how lightly the aids were being used to produce such a wonderful response from the horse. all of this gives me hope for a better future for horses in dressage. poetsteps:


Horses trained under Phillipe Karl [x] and Anja Beran [x]

i was introduced to these equestrians by classicalequestrian and i found the riding to be beautiful and the horses to be so responsive. the piaffe is so nice in the first gif from a video on Karl, and he is riding a Hanoverian gelding High Noon in the second one. the horse moves so fluidly and lightly. the third gif is a piaffe of a mighty big lusitano under Anja, and the fourth gif is part of Anja’s video and I just thought it was wonderful how lightly the aids were being used to produce such a wonderful response from the horse. all of this gives me hope for a better future for horses in dressage.

poetsteps:

Horses trained under Phillipe Karl [x] and Anja Beran [x]

i was introduced to these equestrians by classicalequestrian and i found the riding to be beautiful and the horses to be so responsive. the piaffe is so nice in the first gif from a video on Karl, and he is riding a Hanoverian gelding High Noon in the second one. the horse moves so fluidly and lightly. the third gif is a piaffe of a mighty big lusitano under Anja, and the fourth gif is part of Anja’s video and I just thought it was wonderful how lightly the aids were being used to produce such a wonderful response from the horse. all of this gives me hope for a better future for horses in dressage.

(via scienceofcatastrophe)

heartofhorselords:

YEAH. MEDIEVAL FIGHTING ON HORSEBACK. Check out those nasty ass spurs, tho, and look at the bitting — I could be wrong, but it looks like some of them have both a curb and a snaffle action. heartofhorselords:

YEAH. MEDIEVAL FIGHTING ON HORSEBACK. Check out those nasty ass spurs, tho, and look at the bitting — I could be wrong, but it looks like some of them have both a curb and a snaffle action. heartofhorselords:

YEAH. MEDIEVAL FIGHTING ON HORSEBACK. Check out those nasty ass spurs, tho, and look at the bitting — I could be wrong, but it looks like some of them have both a curb and a snaffle action.

heartofhorselords:

YEAH. MEDIEVAL FIGHTING ON HORSEBACK. Check out those nasty ass spurs, tho, and look at the bitting — I could be wrong, but it looks like some of them have both a curb and a snaffle action.

transperceneige:

Found that gorgeous working equitation lusitano I saw in Tarbes!
His name is Robador, born in 2005, stallion, 1m58.

Holy shat transperceneige:

Found that gorgeous working equitation lusitano I saw in Tarbes!
His name is Robador, born in 2005, stallion, 1m58.

Holy shat transperceneige:

Found that gorgeous working equitation lusitano I saw in Tarbes!
His name is Robador, born in 2005, stallion, 1m58.

Holy shat transperceneige:

Found that gorgeous working equitation lusitano I saw in Tarbes!
His name is Robador, born in 2005, stallion, 1m58.

Holy shat transperceneige:

Found that gorgeous working equitation lusitano I saw in Tarbes!
His name is Robador, born in 2005, stallion, 1m58.

Holy shat transperceneige:

Found that gorgeous working equitation lusitano I saw in Tarbes!
His name is Robador, born in 2005, stallion, 1m58.

Holy shat transperceneige:

Found that gorgeous working equitation lusitano I saw in Tarbes!
His name is Robador, born in 2005, stallion, 1m58.

Holy shat transperceneige:

Found that gorgeous working equitation lusitano I saw in Tarbes!
His name is Robador, born in 2005, stallion, 1m58.

Holy shat transperceneige:

Found that gorgeous working equitation lusitano I saw in Tarbes!
His name is Robador, born in 2005, stallion, 1m58.

Holy shat

transperceneige:

Found that gorgeous working equitation lusitano I saw in Tarbes!

His name is Robador, born in 2005, stallion, 1m58.

Holy shat

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theclickerkid:

transperceneige:

Mario Luraschi - spanish trot. [X]

I already have this queued up at least once but wanted to point out that even here, in this purposefully exaggerated movement of the forelegs, you still don’t see the aggravating FEI toe flick.

Plus that hind end looks like its really stepping under the body so the forehand is not as loaded as it could be!

theclickerkid:

transperceneige:

Mario Luraschi - spanish trot. [X]

I already have this queued up at least once but wanted to point out that even here, in this purposefully exaggerated movement of the forelegs, you still don’t see the aggravating FEI toe flick.

Plus that hind end looks like its really stepping under the body so the forehand is not as loaded as it could be!

(via classicalequestrian)

spoopydoflamingo:

2pointbitch:

I’m so bad at helping people with non-horsey problems

me: what’s wrong?

them: *crying* my boyfriend dumped me and omg I looooved him so much

me: oh haha um idk maybe more inside leg and outside rein???? smack him if he acts up??? try spurs?????…

^yes