Overqualified for Nothing

Sep 22

Feet hurt. Knees hurt. Hips hurt. Back hurt. Head hurt. Throat hurt. 

Please please please don’t let this develop into a real thing. This is not a week I can be sick. Not even a little bit. 

Sep 22

Equestrian levels

becauseisareason:

Someone on my Facebook feed decided that beginner was 10-20 lessons, intermediate was 20-40, and advanced was 50+.

There is so much wrong with this I can’t even.

First of all, at one lesson a week, that would mean you weren’t even a beginner until you were riding almost three months. Sorry no. Just no. You can be a beginner from moment one, thanks.

Second of all that would make you ADVANCED in a year of monthly lessons. Which I find hilarious.

This persons argument does not take into account skill level, dedication, or actually anything except saddle time.

AND not even saddle time. Like, how long are your lessons? I’ve had ones that ranged in time from 20 minute to two hours. That’s a huge time difference.

This summer alone I’ve had enough saddle and lesson time to be intermediate, if you go by this logic.

Fuck that noise. I’ve been riding since I was five and I still consider myself a beginner.

So, what do you use to qualify levels of riding?
What is beginner, intermediate, advanced, and any other divisions you’d like to add?

I find this a really interesting question, and one I don’t really have an answer to.

I do know that I rode three times a week all through middle and high school, and easily considered myself an advanced-intermediate dressage rider (schooling 2nd/3rd level). BUT, because I spent my whole life at the same barn, with the same trainer, riding very safe and well trained horses, my overall experience and level as a horseperson was still quite limited.

It wasn’t until I bought a very green and neglected horse, started living on a farm, and began learning new things about care, training, and eating dirt that I considered myself even an intermediate horsewoman. 

I may have had more experience early on, more technical training, more show opportunities than Natalie (@kremeroyale), but I consider her by far the more knowledgeable horse owner and more skilled rider. That has nothing to do with how many lessons we have each had, and everything to do with Natalie seeking out information, educating herself on every aspect of horse care and riding, and being willing to hop on ANY horse and take every opportunity to learn. 

So yeah. I am a fairly timid rider. I have years of training and technical knowledge, but I find it hard to translate that into actual skill. It’s not something that comes naturally to me. I do very well with certain types of horses, but I do not have that knack for getting on anything and figuring out how to get the best work out of that particular animal. I don’t think I will ever be an “advanced” rider, and that is totally ok with me. 

It has very little to do with the number of lessons, and everything to do with your tenacity for learning and your personal goals and purpose for being in the sport. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a lifelong beginner, who understands their limitations and rides purely for the enjoyment. 

Also, I believe there is a huge, HUGE difference between being an advanced rider in a specific discipline, and being an advanced, knowledgeable overall horseperson. The two can definitely come together, but life and tumblr have shown me that they very often do not.

Sep 22
kremeroyale:

wefuckinglovescience:

Stunning videos of a pure white orca.
Watch it here: http://bit.ly/1rhCGuT

comedypony let’s go whalewatching

Deal!

kremeroyale:

wefuckinglovescience:

Stunning videos of a pure white orca.

Watch it here:

comedypony let’s go whalewatching

Deal!

Sep 22

back-to-bays:

People don’t understand that show jumping is basically just basic dressage with jumps…

If your horse is not good on the flat, your horse is not good.

Sep 21
<3 <3 <3

<3 <3 <3

Sep 20

What do you, little goblin creature?

Sep 20

Having lots of dumb feelings about being left out / left behind. Like, what happens when people get happier and don’t need me as much? That seems to be a thing. I don’t know. I’m too sleepy for this shit. 

So many dogs. SO MANY DOGS.

Sep 20
Sep 20

anitafucking:

jessiedress:

oldpuppy:

queerandpresentdanger:

Scenes from Fat: the Play, a play some friends and I cowrote and performed about being fat queer femmes. We entered into Frontera Festival, a short play festival, in Austin and performed initially on Friday. We were then chosen for Best of the Week, and after Saturday’s performance have been selected to go on to Best of the Festival. We will perform two more times this week.

This play was written by BunnyDanJulesAltheaNicoleSandy, and myself and directed by Jules.

The director’s note goes as follows:

We are a group of fat femme-identified queers. Most of us are not actors and don’t identify as writers, but we have stories to tell. For two months, we have been meeting to talk and eat and cry and laugh and write about living in fat bodies. How do our different race, gender and class identities affect our experiences as fat people? How do we undo the internalized shame our culture has taught us? For so long this word has been used against us- to dehumanize us and to pathologize us:

Fat adjective: (of a person or animal) having a large amount of excess flesh.

But fat is not lazy. Fat is not ugly. Fat is not stupid. Fat is fun. Fat is beautiful. Fat is smart. Fat is sexy. 

Take a moment to consider how you think about fat people; about the fat people you see on t.v., the fat people you see in the super market, the fat people that you love. 

This is for you. But it is also for us. We ask you to bear witness to our reclamation.”

Photo credit to Beverly Bland Boydston.

this is so powerful and important, the whole world needs to see it.

Fat babes making art about being fat babes is always relevant to everyone’s interests.

😍😵had to reblog because I’m all over this shit

Sep 20

Porn made by women is better than porn made by men.

lolmythesis:

English, Michigan State University

"Re-imaging Her Erotics: The Personal and Political in Carolee Schneemann’s Filmic Body"