1. . . . why not ask? We can tell you what it was without actually saying it, and we all understand exactly how racist he was, so we won't be offended or insulted by your question or anything. It was the family cat iirc, and its name was [n-word]man. Racists beget racists.

  2. Imo "I want to look like a woman who looks like a man" is a phrase you won't often see, because "looks like a man" is one of the most common insults leveled as transfems. But if you switch the phrasing to "I want to look like an androgynous butch" or even "I want to look like a woman who could be mistaken for a man" you'll find lots of transfems who feel that way. Some people even go on E, grow breasts, and then wear a binder over them, at least sometimes. It's a wild and beautiful world of gender out there.

  3. Having teeth done doesn't automatically mean everything is fine. Could be that the person who floated them did a bad job and left a painful sharp edge somewhere. Get a second opinion?

  4. Can one actually "think" in a specific language? And if the answer is "yes", can one really think in a non-native one? I seriously doubt it.

  5. Sounds like maybe you don't have an internal monologue. Basically everyone's thoughts are expressed differently - some people think in concepts, some in images, some in speech or even text. For those of us whose thoughts are essentially an internal voice, it is very possible to think in a specific language. But even if you don't have an internal monologue, you can practice talking to yourself in another language; it's not the same, but it has the same effect.

  6. №1 trick to thinking in another language is to start by talking to yourself out loud. You can even do that if you don't have an internal monologue (some don't). If your internal thoughts are expressed in words, you can then switch to thinking in that other language. You can even do this before you are capable of making full sentences in it, to a certain extent - I only learned like 40 words of Czech when I visited the Czech Republic, but I sure thought in those when possible.

  7. I'm in a Facebook group for people with Cushing's horses and another group where people ask questions and only real vets can answer. Beer has come up multiple times in both places as a prescription for anhidrosis. So while I can't provide studies, I know that some vets do recommend it. Only time I've heard of someone giving beer to a horse without a vet recommendation was a racehorse that got beer mash . . . but I think that wasn't intended to be medicinal.

  8. I know nothing about German laws, so I can't help at all with that. I think I have relevant experience, though. My horse has shivers (neurological condition) among other health issues, which is why her previous owner gave her to me for free.

  9. What I'm seeing is that my "Northern Morrowind = Central Asia, Southern Morrowind = South Asia" idea checks out

  10. I selected "there are individual bigots and they're accurate to the period" but most of my games have been set in Russia/Eastern Europe, so the type of bigotry encountered is different from what my US players know. I think a level of detachment helps keep the realism without lessening enjoyment of the game.

  11. You can't tell a horse's sex without a very detailed photo (or in the case of some intersex horses, a vet examination), and horses don't have gender the way we do. When someone calls my mare "he" I just use "she" in my next sentence and it's always fine. By all accounts the person you're talking about is overreacting. But also I've found people who get super sensitive about these things are usually "going through it" in one way or another, so I try to be sympathetic. I just wouldn't respond.

  12. Gay men complain a lot about gay romances written by women, that's for sure. It can be hurtful though, because sometimes they're correct that the writing is bad, and sometimes they're just judging based on the author's identity. Which is extra tough on occasions when that author comes out as not a woman.

  13. If the author comes out as actually not being a woman, I think it's worth exploring why they feel they need a female pseudonym when they're writing gay romance novels.

  14. I am not talking about female pseudonyms. I am talking about transmasculine people who don't come out until after they've published under their birth name.

  15. Yeah, that's a lot. Not her fault - this is on the trainer, who presumably gave her a pony that's not comfortable jumping and told her that a. jumping is necessary and b. lots of whipping is the only way to achieve it.

  16. This is the answer I’m agreeing with. The best way to prevent an accident in unsafe conditions is to identify the unsafe conditions when they are presenting themselves and walk away when necessary.

  17. It's only highlighted because the poorly-fitted martingale got stuck on it in this instance. Nothing wrong with a full-cheek bit in general, I think.

  18. White foam is rarely a sign of stress. The jaw has to be relaxed for a horse to develop it. You want to see it.

  19. A little white foam, like lipstick, means the horse is relaxed, salivating and carrying the bit. When foam starts running out their mouth and dripping onto the ground or their chest, that means their mouth and neck are held in a vice grip and they can't swallow. The difference is quantity. Even the article you link to says this, though the photo included shows more foam than I'd like to see. The image in this post is too low-res to judge on that front, I think.

  20. You really have no experience, do you? No, foam dripping or on chest can mean a hot day, a little flick falls on the chest, or whatever. If they are saliviating, they are swallowing. The article 100% does NOT say what you said. Extreme foam can be over exertion or possibly a bit issue, but it is not about "being held in a vice grip." I don't even know how you can make that up.

  21. There's a really good comment below that explains what I'm talking about. The foam forms because of friction, which is present not only when a horse accepts the bit, but also when it resists the bit or the bit is used roughly. A horse can salivate without swallowing (so can you - try not swallowing for a while, I promise you can do it), and when its ability to swallow is obstructed by overly tight equipment/excessive contact/overflexion, foam will drip out of its mouth. Look at images of high-level performance horses with very foamy mouths - most of the time you will see overflexion and/or other signs of tension.

  22. Notice that that is not a statue, it's part of a very good stop-motion video,

  23. Thanks for the source! I keep seeing the image and didn't know where to find it!

  24. I've heard bodywork and physical therapy can do wonders for horses with mild kissing spines. Also something to be said for changing careers. Even if you can't ride, you can train tricks and do liberty work. Some tricks, like standing on a pedestal, bowing, lateral movement and even cookie stretches are also good for developing strength and flexibility.

  25. Some types of arachnid have evolved alongside humans and eat lots of unpleasant pests that could otherwise infest our homes and get into our food. Strong people know this and live in peace with them.

  26. Never really liked the concept of "heart horses" but this girl is special. My "green-broke 18yo" former broodmare and clever marshmallow fluff <3

  27. Very underrun heels, backs look weird too. The rest of him looks pretty damn good to me. Probably fixable (especially at a young age) but not in a single trim. TBs often have hoof issues, so you'd want a very competent farrier to figure out a plan and reshape the hooves over time.

  28. If an image of something weird is this low-res/blurry, always assume photoshop until more pics are provided.

  29. That's a hard question to answer from a photo until the last month or so of pregnancy (when the belly becomes asymmetrical, udders bag up, etc.) and even then your guess might be wrong, because those symptoms could be caused by something else. If you got this horse recently and are concerned that she might be pregnant, you should have a vet check her.

  30. Sometimes I worry like this, because my horse is a little sensitive and has some health problems. I'm afraid if I push her too hard and make her uncomfortable, she won't be interested in our games anymore - but it's important to me to keep her exercising a little at least for her own sake! I've found she's very forgiving, though. I've taken her out a few times for groundwork and found she was lame, apologetically put her back and found that she still comes out to greet me next time. Horses do form negative associations with unpleasant scenarios over time, but I think it takes more than one bad ride.

  31. i think you're anthropomorphizing this horse a bit too much.

  32. I think your reply isn't giving OP, or horses, enough credit. If you put a horse in a situation where they feel stress or pain, that horse will probably try to avoid such situations in the future. It's not "offended" or "upset" the way a human might be, but it does have a brain with emotional reactions and memories which inform its behavior. That's why feeding a horse in a trailer gets them to load more easily - they form an association between the trailer and yum yum good food. I think that even before OP's edit, it was clear that they were simply worried their horse had formed a negative association with riding, due to the stress and pain of this particular ride.

  33. So you always want the nose in front of the vertical, but higher level horses can get closer to juuuuust in front of the vertical than a lower level horse because the high level horse has more body control/can do more fine grained stuff?

  34. That's pretty much it. It depends on conformation, but when a horse is truly collected (using its back and hind end correctly while keeping its neck somewhat upright) its nose should drop naturally, close to a vertical position. This "correct" head position is an expression of the healthy way the horse is using the rest of its body. That is why it takes a well-trained and highly conditioned horse to have its head on the vertical.

  35. I'm going to be honest, these photos don't look that different to me - yes, I think B looks better because it's not behind the vertical, but with differences this subtle, I'd rather see a video, and I bet a pro trainer would too. Most horses and riders that are figuring out their balance and cues look like both of these pictures at times; the question is which appears most often.

  36. I think the horses probably appreciate that they're not using period bits.

  37. As has been stated, bits are in the horse's mouth and not as visible as the bridle - but just as importantly, bit technology has actually changed shockingly little over the centuries. Some designs are comfortable for horses, some aren't, but all these designs have existed forever. An Ottoman would probably use a curb or ring bit - both still in use. Curb can be comfortable and safe with the correct mouthpiece and shank length.

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