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female, 20, feminist, Sweden - Ponies, Cats, pretty things, some fandom, and lots of sanity (I kid)

SPOOKY ASKS

Vampire:

Someone offers you a chance at immortality. Do you take it, and why or why not?

Werewolf:

If you had to spend your life with just one person, who would it be?

Witch:

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Ghost:

Do you have any regrets?

Frankenstein:

Is someone telling you how to live your life, or are you an independent person?

Mummy:

If you were to fall into an eternal sleep, do you think anyone would miss you?

Zombie:

Do you miss anyone right now?

Faerie:

If you could get away with anything, what would you do?

Nymph:

What are you like when you’re by yourself?

Mermaid:

How far would you go to keep the one you love?

Shapeshifter:

What would you change about yourself?

Banshee:

If you knew one of your loved ones/best friends had only one day left to live, how would you spend that last day with them?

Siren:

If you could make anyone do anything, what would you make them do?

Genie:

If you had one wish that would come true and couldn’t be reversed, what would you ask for?

Fury:

What is a word/phrase that you dread to hear?

Incubus:

What would someone have to do to get in your pants?

Succubus:

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

excellentequestrian:

Danielle Duryea and Sambalita getting ready for their junior jumper round

excellentequestrian:

Danielle Duryea and Sambalita getting ready for their junior jumper round

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waking up on october 1st like

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archiemcphee:

Bangkok-based photographer Visarute Angkatavanich (previously featured here) continues to take breathtaking photos of Siamese fighting fish, also known as betta fish. His fascination with their splendid, flowing fins and brilliant coloring is apparent in the extraordinarily detailed portraits he creates. The photos are so perfectly clear and close-up that it’s easy to forget the fish are underwater and not floating in midair.

Angkatavanich recently told Popular Photography that he only started photographing the fish after encountering them for the first time three years ago at a fish show and has since become obsessed with the different species which vary greatly in size, shape, and color patterns.

Head over to Visarute Angkatavanich’s 500px gallery to view more of his gorgeous betta portraits. Limited edition prints of his photos are currently available through La Lanta Fine Art.

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dimetrodons:

mitzi—may:

mrbigode:

Cats do not like fruits

this is my favorite gif set.

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bridle-less:

The example of a good rider should not only include equitation, how well they handle horses and so on, it should also include modesty, open mindedness and compassion. Just cause someone rides well doesn’t necessarily make them a “model rider”.

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I LOVE YOU SO MUCH » Alistair Theirin (Dragon Age)
"That’s what I’m here for, to deliver unpleasant news and witty one-liners."

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Reykjavík in the Year 1926 (High Quality Video)

fivegaited:

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islenskihesturinn:

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to-breed-or-not-to-breed:

fivegaited:

Very cool silent film from Reykjavík in the ’20s!

While there were a few cars in Reykjavík at this time, parts of Iceland didn’t even have proper roads yet, and horses were still the primary form of transportation in the country.  Remember, Icelandic horses have always been and will always be the ONLY breed of horse in Iceland - so within this one 5 gaited breed, there were horses that could do it all - riding horses, plough horses, cart horses, pack horses - but especially riding horses, because historically Iceland was not well-suited to wheeled carts.  They relied on the horse for EVERYTHING, and the horses could do it all :)  

Slightly confused, do you mean that there are no horses in Iceland that are not Icelandics? There are no Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods, ponies, or anything? Or did you mean that Icelandics are the only horse that is from Iceland?

There are NO horses in Iceland that are not Icelandic horses.  No other breeds.  No horse has been imported since 982 AD, when the government made it illegal to import horses to the country.  That law still stands, so horses that are exported from Iceland are never allowed back into the country.

I’m going to slightly correct you on this. After trying hard to find an example of an imported horse (oh yes), I came across a little bit that explained that the import of horses wasn’t exactly legally forbidden by the Icelandic government. Importing horses before airplanes were around was time and money consuming, so it wasn’t done. The Icelanders had horses enough, and there simply was no need for new horses. 

Fact still remains that at some point in history, probably fairly recently or at least in the 20th century, import was made illegal to make sure the pure breed stayed pure.

Speaking of which…

According to The Icelandic Horse (p.287), in a chapter written by Þorgeir Guðlaugsson, a Fjord horse was imported to Iceland around the 1920s. The stallion was used to sire a few mares by way of experiment, but was forced to live on Viðey, a small island close to Reykjavík, away from other Icelandic horses. The experiment didn’t work out, and so the Fjord horse and his offspring were sent abroad again!

But this Fjord would remain the only horse to ever be imported to Iceland.

Well, the reason the law in 982 was passed at all was because just before that they had been experimenting with cross breeding, with disastrous results. The quality of the stock plummeted so much that it prompted legal action lol. So there were imported horses just before then! I didn’t know about the fjord horse, though! It’s pretty clear that Icelandic horses don’t cross well, and knowing what we know about the genetics behind the gaits, it’s pretty easy to see why ;)

Ah, see, I didn’t know they were experimenting before that time…interesting! 

More recent experiment was with the Aegidienberger: an Icelandic horse/Paso Fino cross. Walter Feldmann wanted to create a taller horse that could withstand cold weather, could gait, and was very calm. 

I heard some time ago that Feldmann had stopped breeding them, but I can’t officially verify this. But there aren’t many of them, never more than 100 according to Wikipedia. 

Maybe we should just stop trying to cross Icelandic horses at all, they’re pretty much perfect (haha)!

That’s been my understanding of why they stopped importing, but I don’t have a great source for that readily available or anything.  And oh yes, we’ve talked about the Aegidienberger on this blog before - actually, I believe it was mainly you and I that were discussing it?  In my opinion it was a complete breeding disaster, I’m quite glad it’s been discontinued… and now that the science behind the genetics of the gaits has been published I understand much better WHY it was such a disaster.

For my followers:

Posts about the Aegidienberger here, here, here (this one is a video - yikes!), here (this is your commentary, I think??).  We were kind of talking about summer eczema at the same time but the Aegidienberger discussion is in there as well :)