What I’m Passionate About – Riding

All people enjoy different things. Movies, sports, music, etc., but I enjoy one of my favorite hobbies, riding horses. It is something that seems like pure pleasure, but it has helped me in many ways.

Horses are an animal of prey, that’s why their eyes are on the sides of their head. Horses cannot see directly in front of them or behind, but on the side. Horses are also herd animals, meaning they can get separation anxiety and develop nasty habits when kept alone.

Horses feed off the rider’s energy. Meaning when you feel scared or insecure, they feel that and get skittish. Riding is great therapy and has helped me overcome my habit of becoming quick to anger. They also help people with PTSD, including veterans.

Horses are wondrous creatures. They may seem scary because of their size, but they are sweet and nice when you get to know them. Always be safe around them and have a calm attitude and they will show the same to you.

Ways to stay safe and have a good time:

  Horses may seem scary, but it just depends on a few factors if they are dangerous. These are great things to check so you can have a fun and safe experience.

First, always check the girth. (That is the strap that holds the saddle on from underneath the horse’s belly) You should be able to stick two fingers underneath it with it still being pretty tight.

Second, you can tell how safe the horse is from the way it reacts around other people. You can see it by their body language, but mostly from their ears. Don’t be alarmed if you see a horse’s ears go back while you are riding, as long as they are not flat against their neck. That just means they are listening to you. Any good riding instructor should keep you very safe, but always be careful about those who may not care as much.

Third, watch how your horses reacts to other horses. This can be dangerous for both you and others around you. If a horse shows aggression to another horse, try and separate the two that are causing trouble. This shouldn’t happen often, and a good instructor should never let this happen unless you have some experience riding.

Lastly, never squeeze when you are scared. Some horses are what I call ‘side dead.’ Meaning no matter how hard you kick, they won’t go. But there are some horses that a gentle nudge would make them take off. If you start feeling scared and squeeze with your legs, you horse will just go faster. When you start to feel scared, take a deep breath in and sit down.

 

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What I Am Passionate About – My Wanderlust Heart & Soul

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The word Wanderlust means, “A very strong or irresistible impulse to travel.” It is one of many words that personally describe me. Susan Sontag once said, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” When people ask about my huge interest in traveling I always consider the question to be a deep one, but I gladly answer.  I want to get out for I have an insane calling to be where I’m not.

     And when I say I want to travel I don’t mean I want to stay in resorts and go on tours with tour guides or buy key-chains from souvenir shops. I have no plan to be a tourist. When I say I want to travel, I mean I want to explore another country and become apart of it! I want to discover small coffee shops in France, Italy, and Germany. I want to walk on the beaches in Australia and explore the bookstores and castles in England. I want to hike the Great Wall Of China and go cliff diving in Hawaii! I want to meet people who are not like me, but people who I can like all the same. I want to take pictures of people and things I see! I want my mind to be in constant awe of life on Earth. I want to see things with new eyes.

     I want to be able to look at a map and remember all the places I’ve been to and how they have transformed me, by the place, the people and the culture! I want to come home and realize that I have not come home whole, but I have left a piece of my heart in another place. This, I personally think, is what is at the Heart of Adventure. And I plan to make my life one.

Creature Feature: Polar Bears!

 

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Polar bears are built for the Arctic. Every trait they have is specifically engineered to live and thrive in the Arctic conditions. Polar bears, as everyone knows, are white, but that’s actually wrong! A polar bear’s fur is actually transparent and pigment-free! The reason they appear white is because each hair shaft is hollow which causes the light from the sun to reflect in such a way that they look white. The white helps them to blend into their environment so they can get closer to their prey, mainly seals, without being seen.

Since they live on ice they need to have traction to get around. Their paws have claws around two inches long and their pads have small little bumps which act as tread.

How do they stay warm? Their skin is black which attracts the sun and their fur is made up of thick underfur and guard hairs on top. They also have a layer of fat under their skin that is around four and a half inches thick. The last thing that keeps them warm is their ears and tail are small and close to their body to conserve as much heat as possible. God designed all of these things so that polar bears and live and thrive in the Arctic.

December Playlists – Christmas Time is Here!

Christmas Time is almost upon us! A time where a winter wonderland comes alive in our very own backyards. A time where hot cocoa and fireplaces become an everyday need. A time when we share with others how much we love them by giving gifts, but the most important reason for Christmas is this – the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ!

A Classic Christmas playlist is full of classic songs with new and old artists! Is good to have a variety, right? It’s perfect for when you’re setting up Christmas decorations and enjoying family time!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMuAGLIYs1U4gcTLXvJHEPoAlSI-oAxkA.

 

A Christmas Party playlist has all the jams for the Christmas party of the year! With new artists and even some of the classic singers of the past, it’s still perfect for when you want to have something playing for your Christmas party guests!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMuAGLIYs1U4aiKn1pJwszFD9bspvoNi4.

 

Kid’s Christmas Dream playlist is for the little ones to dance to! Alvin and the Chipmunks make a special appearance and Frosty the Snowman even sings his heart out!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMuAGLIYs1U4yn2Fy9PAhFuqHdFxgfnXT.

Enjoy!