Gaming weekly: Tips for surviving the Nether in Minecraft

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The Nether is every Minecraftian’s nightmare. Only a few brave people venture to the Nether, and only a few survive. Below are some tips that I’ve gathered for going into the Nether:

  1. Keep obsidian and a flint & steel with you.
    That is in case a ghast damages your portal, you’re not trapped in the nether, FOREVER.
  2. Try and build a cobblestone house around your portal, as soon as you reach the nether.
    Again, ghasts. Ghasts are the nightmare of any Minecraft player.
  3. Try and stay as close to the portal as possible.
    That way, if you fall in a fight with a pigman, you can quickly hop back into the overworld. Venture far from your portal in the overworld to make the pigman forget you, then return back.
  4. Stay away from soul sand!!
    Soul sand is a block found in the nether. Nothing wrong with that, however when you try to walk on soul sand, you walk extremely slow. I must add that it doesn’t affect mobs.
  5. Keep your eyes on the floor.
    Because in the nether, it’s possible that there’s a 1 block hole in the ground, below which lies a huge pool of lava.
  6. Lava flows faster in the nether than in the overworld.
    Lava is actually quite sluggish in the overworld, but not in the nether! In the nether, lava moves at the speed that water moves at in the overworld. And you had better know, water is really fast in the overworld. So be careful out there.
  7. DO NOT ATTACK PIGMAN!!!
    These otherwise neutral mobs, when hit, they form a coalition and attack you all at once. Death guaranteed. Only pick up a fight with a pigman if you have a SMITE enchantment on a diamond sword, that way you can kill it faster. Or else, only attack a pigman if you’re lost and want to get back to spawn and have placed all your stuff in an Enderchest.
  8. Use the Nether as means of transportation.
    Have two houses in the overworld? Both of which are worlds apart from each other? Not to worry. One block travelled in the nether = eight blocks travelled in the overworld. You can back a Minecart system in the Nether from one portal to the other. You save far more time.
  9. Do not waste arrows on ghasts.
    The only easiest way to kill a ghast is by deflecting its own fire charges. Quick and easy with no resources on your part. Only use arrows if you have a very good aim, or simply have too many arrows to waste.

I think that’s all what I have to say! Quick and short post, just to keep the ball rolling. I’m going to upload a Horse & Rider Weekly this Friday, which I haven’t uploaded in ages so stay tuned for that as well!

Until then, see you guys next time 🙂

Horse & Rider Weekly #14: Dealing with horse changes

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Today’s post is actually going to start off as a message to all instructors out there before we get on to the rider’s point of view.
In the horse world, you’re going to come across a lot of instructors. And I’m saying this because it’s a fact of life: you will come across AT-LEAST 2 instructors. And like anything, each instructor has his/her own opinions and own styles of teaching. Now this also goes in conjunction with the student’s style of learning. So today’s topic will be about changing horses.
Many instructors believe that changing horses every lesson, or every other lesson, helps you to learn quicker and to gain more experience. Now again, this goes in conjunction with the student: sometimes the student really does learn better! Some instructors believe that sticking to one horse helps you learn quicker, and only once you reach a certain level of confidence should you be transferred to another horse, to broaden your experience. And many students feel that way too, me for example. It would be perfect if the two types of instructors and the two types of riders corresponded with each other, but the world is a broad place. I’ve been through both of the above types of instructors, and I prefer being with the latter, the one who believes in sticking to one horse. However, it was only recently that I got to stick to one horse: so I’m going to provide some tips below on how to cope with a horse change if you’re a rider like me, but before that, I’m going to put a message out there for all instructors first from a student’s perspective.

TALK. Talk to your students. Discuss what learning styles suit them, and also discuss what teaching style you prefer. Remember, in the teaching industry, it’s impossible to go by the book. You need to adapt as per the student’s style, what helps him/she learn faster and better. So talk and adapt yourself as per the student’s requirements.

Okay, now that we have addressed the instructors out there, time to get back to students with tips on how to cope with a horse change, if you’re a rider like me. These tips do seem to work for me, so I’m not sure if they’ll work for you or no.

  1. Relax!!
    As with anything in the horsey world, relaxation is key. Remember, the horse knows when you’re nervous and then he gets nervous. And when the horse gets nervous, all I can say is things won’t go well. Just relax, and watch the magic happen.
  2. Think to yourself: “what if this was the horse I am used to?”
    Just ask yourself the question and think it over. Start imagining that this is the horse you’re used to riding (in my case, that would be Jonty.) It doesn’t make a dramatic difference, but it does help. You know, something is better than nothing.
  3. Stop thinking!
    After relaxation, the most important thing is to stop thinking. Talking from experience, the more you think, the more you make things bad for yourself. Simply put, if you get thrown on a new horse which you haven’t seen in your life then STOP THINKING about it being a new horse, just go ahead and DO IT. Believe me, it works. However, one important thing to remember is that this goes in conjunction with relaxation. The two just have to work together: you can’t not relax but stop thinking then expect it to work, or vice versa.
  4. Ask others about the horse you’re given.
    If you’re taking lessons, then ask your instructor about the horse. Unfortunately, though, many people are shy to ask questions. And the reason for this? Simply put,  many instructors out there hate it when their students ask them so-called stupid questions. And I’ve also encountered instructors like that in the past: so here I am, putting yet another message out there for instructors:

    Teaching is all about questions. And simply put, if you cannot tolerate questions then simply give up on teaching. Put yourself in the student’s shoes and think.

    If you’re not taking lessons, then ask other riders at your yard. Whoever you ask, though, don’t be shy. And the reason you should ask is because each horse has his own perks. For example, in my case, Jonty doesn’t mind – sometimes he’s immune to the riding crop on his shoulder, but when you go behind your leg he bucks. Bibi, on the other hand, hates the riding crop altogether, irrespective of where. If I wouldn’t have asked my instructor where to use the crop on Bibi, things would’ve turned out much worse because I’d have hit him hard as I’m used to on Jonty, only to find myself running around and around because Bibi thought I hit him too hard: he took it as a cue for a canter or a gallop. So please, in the best interest of you and your horse, don’t be shy to ask!

So I think that’s all that I can say: writer’s block as always :/
If you have any other tips please leave them in the comments below!
With that, see you next time 🙂

Horse & Rider Weekly #13: Road safety with horses

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Today’s post will be addressing one of the most dangerous places a horse and rider can ever visit: the road. It’s a worldwide danger and many horse and human deaths have happened in the past due to reckless drivers just blowing them out. So I’ll start with a important message to all drivers first:

Be considerate of others on the road, be it cyclists, drivers, horse riders, anyone. Remember, horses have a fight or flight reaction and if any car approaches at speeds that would set the horse’s reaction off, the horse will try to fight, or will take flight. And when it takes flight, it runs into places that are very harmful, and can result in serious injury, or even death, not only to the horse, but the human with the horse. SO PLEASE, DRIVE LIKE A HUMAN BEING AND BE CONSIDERATE!!!!!!

If there’s one thing doing outrides in Linbro Park has taught me, it’s road safety. And I’ve been on the main roads of Linbro park, where the speed limit is 40-50 Km/h but drivers are flying at 80, 90, and even 100 Km/h. So, below are some tips to keep you and your horse safe from monsters on the road.

  1. Try to stay on the sidewalk, and if possible, stay deeper in the sidewalk, furthest from the road.
  2. Try to avoid going out on the road alone, always try to have a group of at least 4 people.
  3. AVOID BICYCLE AND/OR PEDESTRIAN LANES!! ALWAYS RIDE IN THE SIDEWALK.
  4. If there’s a need to cross the road, always try to do so at a stop sign or a traffic light. If you have to do it in the middle of the road, wait until there’s no car in sight. Don’t take the slightest chance by thinking “that car is far, I’ll make it” rather wait 15 minutes then putting your and your horse’s life at risk!
  5. If you’re in a group and a rider falls off in the middle of the road, the other group members should immediately:
    A: Block the traffic at least 10 meters on either side of the fallen rider.
    B: One member should stay by the rider and watch the horse, and should see if help is needed. If there’s an instructor in the group, let him/her take this post, since all instructors have first aid knowledge. A NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS: WHEN GOING ON OUTRIDES, ALWAYS CARRY A FIRST AID KIT WITH YOU!! If there’s no instructor in the group, then:
    BA: Immediately call emergency services.
    BB: If there are properties near you, try to get a grown up from there to help you out.
    C: If the rider is okay help him/her back to his/her feet, help them in mounting back on, make sure they are comfortable before resuming traffic flow.
    D: Don’t worry about drivers going crazy. A rider’s safety is more important; traffic can wait. If there are more members in a group, then let them explain a few of the drivers what the situation is, so they know they are stopped for a valid reason. Also, who knows? One of them could be a qualified medic / doctor and can assist!
  6. If you’re in a group and a rider’s horse spooks in the middle of the road, the other members should immediately:
    A: Block traffic at least 10 meters on either side from the spooking horse.
    B: The other members should assist in calming the horse down, even if it means having to dismount and handing your horse over to another rider. Remember, it’s the road, so a little bit of inconvenience goes a long way!
  7. Practice emergency dismounting before hand. Just in case. But please, in the best interest of you and your horse, keep emergency dismounting as the last resort.

I think that’s all what I have to say on this topic.

P.S THIS TOPIC IS A REALLY IMPORTANT TOPIC, SO IF THERE’S ANY OTHER TIPS FROM YOUR SIDE, PLEASE SHARE THEM IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! YOU COULD SAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE!

With that, see you all next time.

Wish list for future Minecraft versions

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Minecraft recently got updated to 1.10. I haven’t played it, but it adds some new mobs depending on the biome you’re in. Such as, * SPOILER ALERT * polar bears have been added to the colder regions. Desert biomes now have more “dangerous” zombies. But anyhow, I’ll write a Minecraft 1.10 review soon so we’ll cover all features in that, once I get a chance to play it myself :/

But anyway, what we WILL be covering today is what I would like to be added in future minecraft versions that would make the game more challenging and fun. So here goes:

  1. A thirst bar. In addition to the hunger bar, a thirst bar also affects your health, speed, strength. It would also be cool if getting dehydrated would also give you nausea or something like that.
  2. Biome-specific mobs. 1.10 has already started heading in that direction, but what I really would appreciate is, they would add more biomes, such as Africa, for example. Then, there would be specific mobs in Africa, in addition to the usual Minecraft mobs, for example, lions, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, etc…
  3. Fishes. Currently, fishes are “objects” rather than “entities”. It would be awesome if they added live fish in rivers and oceans. This feature could also be related to the above feature. Africa, for example, could have specific fishes in its rivers, likewise with other biomes. Y0u could also decorate your house with a fish-tank and some pretty fish!
  4. Birds. Currently the only thing that could classify as “bird” in Minecraft is a chicken. Besides that, who WOULDN’T love to have many birdies flying about in their world and listening to them chirping in harmony? You could perhaps even have a noisy parrot as a pet… Again, they could add specific birds to specific biomes.
  5. Snakes. It would certainly be more fun and challenging if you had to save yourself from snakes when venturing out in the Minecraftian world. Again, biome specific would be great. In Africa, for example, you had to encounter black & green mambas, cobras, stuff like that, while in America you had to encounter rattlesnakes, you know, cool stuff like that.

That’s just some of the stuff that would be great additions in Minecraft. The list goes on, but hey, if you’re a blogger yourself you can relate, things just never come to mind when writing. It’s so frustrating! But anyway, this post will be updated as soon as I have a few more ideas. But for now, that’s it.

Horse & Rider Weekly #12: How sitting still ACTUALLY helps

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Wow. Haven’t had the chance to write this in a long time, then lost interest. But then, some inspiration struck and I got over the writer’s block. Yay to that!

Anyhow, over the last couple of lessons I realized how much of importance sitting still is during riding. And I thought I’d share my experience here, as it would make a perfect Horse & Rider Weekly post.

So anyhow, for quite an age, whenever I tried to get Jonty to canter, he wouldn’t; only after a lifetime of kicking him half to death (ouch, don’t judge me, I was and am still learning), and finally he’d leap into a canter. I only learnt the reason for that in my last couple of lessons: I can never sit still. What exactly does that mean, you may ask. Well, I never stopped fidgeting with my reins, I never sat, yes, I actually never sat. I kept on rising, and my hands kept on giving the horse ten different cues at the same time. And the main focus of last week’s lesson WAS indeed to sit still. And I’ll share with you how tremendously it helped.

So the first step to sitting still and calm is: STOP GETTING NERVOUS!! And that’s exactly what happens with me. I don’t know why; sometimes I don’t even feel it, but the second my instructor says “okay, so the next round we’re gonna canter,” and I get nervous. I shorten my reins too much, tense up my body, and actually hold my breath in until we start cantering. I ease off a bit when we start cantering, but not completely. And that’s when Jonty gets nervous too; he has no idea what to expect from the rider. Jonty basically panics, and starts doing his own thing, which in turn panics me even more.

Fast forward fifteen minutes, and we’re still nowhere, just trying to sit still. So finally I managed to relax myself. And when that happens, everything just comes naturally. Basically, you just relax and think what you want to do next, and suddenly everything just comes in. I actually loosened my reins, sat, and stopped kicking Jonty half to death. And there we had it, a smooth, relaxed transition. And because I stayed relaxed, Jonty was relaxed and everything went well.

That’s how sitting still helps tremendously. From fifteen minutes of flapping around on the saddle, kicking Jonty half to death, and nearly ripping his mouth apart, to a smooth, relaxed, and enjoyable ride. So there you have it, do the right thing. Just relax. Relax, and everything comes naturally.

Short post :/

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments if anything else helps you achieve what you want when riding. Also let me know what should I write about next!

With that, see you all next time!

Byeeeee 🙂

Horse & Rider Weekly #11: Dealing with nervousness when riding

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Nervous horse, nervous rider. Well, that is the case 8 times out of 10. And the reasons are either 1) the nervous horse made the rider nervous, and 2) the nervous rider made the horse nervous. And we’ll be going over both of the types of nervousness today.

So we’ll start with nervous horses. The key to be able to control a nervous horse without it freaking the living daylights out of you, is to determine what is making it nervous in the first place. If it is you who the horse is nervous of, the horse will typically shy away when he sees you, will get uncomfortable if you’re hanging around by his stable, will give you a hard time in tacking him up, the list goes on. If that is indeed the case, then you first need to acquaint your horse with you. You’ll need to spend a lot of time with your horse, do small but rewarding riding sessions, give him treats, and maybe for a few days in a row if it’s possible give the horse his meals yourself. When riding, avoid shouting him, or punishing him if he does something unwanted, and reward him often. Eventually the horse will get to know you and will start bonding with you. You must have heard these terms in the horse world often: #thebond or “It’s all about the bond” or stuff that says bond a lot. 

Bonding with your horse is much, MUCH easier said then done. It takes time, dedication, patience, and even then it needs regular tuning and servicing to keep it in shape. So in a nutshell, if your horse is nervous of you, then start building a stronger bond with your horse.

But if your horse is nervous of other things (such as a crop for example; one horse that I rode called Bibi, the minute he saw a riding crop he’d freak out), it’s more or less the same procedure, acquaint your horse with that specific thing. However, in the scenario of a old horse afraid of, say a riding crop, then sometimes the best option is to just live around it. An old horse is much, MUCH harder to familiarize with something compared to a young horse. If you have a horse who has spent his entire young life being beaten by a crop, he’ll be afraid of it in his old life, and the past would take the better of him. And because he’s old, his capability of “learning new things” had decreased. So depending on the horse and situation, you have to make the decision, whether to work on it, or just live around it.

As far as nervous riders go, as I said above, half of the time you’re nervous because your horse is nervous. But sometimes you can be nervous for some other reason. Me for example, I’m still nervous, despite riding for 1 and a half year continually, because I have a really bad past with horses. I don’t wanna go over history again, but the past still holds me. Although I am far less nervous then when I started in 2014 (more details here) I still am nervous. So I’m also on a journey to being confident, I have some tips that seem to be working for me.

  1. Leave your past behind you. Easier said than done, if you have a bad past with horses, it will keep on bugging you. Shrug it off and focus on what’s happening now.
  2. Don’t think about what others have to say about your riding. Let them be. Again, in a society like ours, where everybody is concerned about “what will others think about me” and where everybody is name-calling everyone and passing remarks about everyone, it’s much easier said than done. But it is important in being confident and less nervous.
  3. Just relax. Breathe in, breathe out. Spend time with your horse. Make you and your horse familiar with each other.
  4. Ask your instructor and/or any other qualified personnel for tips.

Thanks for reading you guys! If you have any other tips that seem to work for you please leave a comment below 🙂

With that, see you guys next post 🙂

Gaming Weekly: Review on Minecraft 1.9

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There have been 2 things that have been feeding the hype from Mojang’s side of things over the past 3 months. 1) Minecraft 1.9, and, 2) Minecraft Story mode episode 5. That being said, Minecraft 1.9 came out earlier this month, with Minecraft Story Mode episode 5 set to release on the 29th of this month. More on that later, we’ll focus on Minecraft 1.9 for today.

Minecraft 1.9 is called “The combat update”. It really has a bunch of combat improvements with a bunch of usual Mojang perks. The biggest feature that’s pissed off a bunch of people is that there is a cooldown delay in between attacks. That means no more spam clicking! Yes, the delay is not ridiculous, I think it’s roughly somewhere around half a second. That being said, you can spam click if you still like it, however the damage done will be less than usual. Like yesterday I was fighting a zombie and I was spam clicking, it took LITERALLY FOREVER to kill that zombie. The reason that many people have been set aback is due to the PVP factor. I personally feel that this feature is great, because now you have to strategically plan and time your attacks, instead of just plainly click-click, collect loot, move on. What people don’t understand is that this feature will also add some flavour to their PVP matches. You will have to dodge, plan, attack, dodge again, it seriously will be more fun. Alas, people don’t understand.

So here are some major features of  1.9 that I decided to review:

  • Mobs’ health points have been increased.
    This feature adds some flavour to survival and hardcore modes. Certain mobs had their health points increased. This feature works hand-in-hand with the cooldown feature; you really have to time, plan, pounce, crit in the head for maximum results.
  • Mobs can see you through blocks.
    Unlike before, mobs can now see you through blocks and will prepare to attack. The moment you’re visible, they’ll attack.
  • Swords can no longer be used to block
    I personally like this feature. They have made it more realistic; you have to use shields now to block.
  • Creepers are easy on players now.
    Previously, creepers would come into your face and blow up. Now, creepers stop 2-4 blocks away and then explode. They have kept it in such a way now that when creepers explode, they don’t kill you, but leave you with around 2 hearts, so you can continue on with life.
  • Witches are more dangerous and have sounds now.
    Witches now throw potions at a much faster rate, drink healing potions at a faster rate, and make those creepy witch laugh sounds now. Overall, you wouldn’t want to encounter a witch after 1.9.
  • The Enderdragon can now be summoned – up to 25 times per world!
    That is simple. You go to the end, kill the dragon, win the egg. You thought it was an epic battle but you want to fight it again legitimately. Well, now you can! You have to craft 4 ender crystals (I’m not really sure how to myself, Minecraft Wiki to the rescue) and place them around the exit portal (1 at each side). The first thing that will happen is that the exit portal closes. Then, all the ender crystals on the pillars reset, and the ender dragon appears again. You can do that for up to 25 times per world. However, the new dragon will not give you as much xp as the original one, and will not give you another egg. I personally like this feature.
  • Enderdragon head is now wearable.
    I’m not really sure how to obtain it in the first place, somehow you get it and wear it.

So yeah, overall, survival and hardcore modes have been beefed up quite nicely. I personally like this new update! I am currently playing survival 1.9 so let’s see how far I go before I end up being eaten for dinner 😀

There are A TON of more features to 1.9, here is the complete feature list.

With that, see you guys next post!

 

Horse & Rider Weekly #10: Dealing with grumpy horses

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Grumpy horses. You’ll come across a lot of them throughout your life in the horse world. As for me, I currently am riding one; Jonty. He’s grumpy, stubborn, sweet, everything at the same time so he’s quite a weird mixture. At any rate, Jonty refuses to walk without a horse ahead of him; he’s more of a follower mentality. He kicks, so you can’t have a horse ride behind of him. AND, he’s grumpy.

Grumpy horses can get quite irritating to ride. The golden law to remember is:

“No matter what kind of horse you’re riding, the first 5 minutes of your ride judge the rest of your ride. If you show your horse in the first 5 minutes who’s boss, you’ll be pretty much okay in the rest of your ride.”

That is vital to remember when you’re riding a grumpy horse. “But,” you may be asking “What exactly is the definition of a grumpy horse?” Well…

“A grumpy horse is that horse, who basically wants to be the boss over the rider and wants to follow his/her own will instead of following the rider’s demands.”

That’s why, you have to be strict the first 5 minutes. As for Jonty, he always tries to get off the circle, trot when you want him to canter, walk when you want him to trot, the list goes on. So, BE STRICT. Remember, a horse judges you by your intelligence unlike a dog, who judges you by your size. If you do foolish stuff on a horse, the horse will think he/she is dominant over you. And that’s when things start to go badly wrong. So, be strict with your horse the first 5 minutes (in some cases it’s even more, don’t stick to five minutes.You have to be strict the entire ride but typically after 5 minutes it starts getting easier) so that he knows that this is not a children’s playground and I have to behave.

Now we’ll go over some key troubles that grumpy horses give and how to overcome them.

  1. My horse get’s very lazy and seems to be immune to my legs
    First, squeeze him, gently. If he ignores, squeeze him harder. If he still ignores, small kick. Still ignoring? Wow, your horse has quite an attitude. Anyhow, kick him HARD with a tap on the shoulder. By now, if he doesn’t move you need to prove him wrong in thinking he can do whatever he wishes. Kick hard with a hard tap on the shoulder, and your last resort should be a smack on the bottom. Jonty bucks if you smack him on his bottom so that’s not an option for me. If he still ignores you, ask someone who’s in the arena to throw some mud at him. He has to go. Still ignoring? Huh, make sure your horse isn’t sleeping.
  2. My horse doesn’t do what I want him to do.
    That’s a common thing with Jonty. He won’t go over a small jump, he’ll try to take it in his stride and that often results in him tripping over. The answer to that is simple. Be hard and bossy. If you’re approaching a jump that he won’t jump, squeeze and/or kick the living daylights out of him.
  3. Ask your instructor or any other qualified personnel for tips
    As always. These tips that I’m sharing are from my experience and from what I’ve read on the web. I cannot guarantee that they’ll work for you!

I hope my post makes sense as I really was just writing whatever came in my head lol.

Thanks for reading and see you guys next time 🙂

 

Horse & Rider Weekly #9: Tips to boost your confidence while riding

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Being confident when riding is one of the core components of riding. And when you’re a beginner, you won’t be that confident. So here I am, giving you some tips to boost your confidence. Remember, these won’t take your confidence to a 100%, but they should help you a bit. Practice makes perfect!

  1. Don’t let your trainer/instructor’s horror stories about your horse get the better of you.
    For some reason they have this annoying – call it “precautional” – habit of saying all sorts of things about your horse. Listen to them, but don’t let them overcome you. They have this habit and they (well in my experience anyway) exaggerate about the horse. Jonty for example, “he kicks hard” and “he has the tendency to stop and start walking backward any moment!”. Name one time Jonty has tried to kick my sister’s horse. Never. But still, the fact remains that he kicks. So do keep a precautionary check, but don’t let it overcome you.
  2. Think positively.
    Think positively about you and your horse. It’s another key component in horse riding. Think positively and be assured that your horse is going to do what you want it to do and will not disobey you or try to run away with you. Trust me, if you feel assured about your horse, your horse will do what you want it to do. Because naturally, when you are feeling assured about something, your body language changes, and – sometimes without you knowing it – you end up MAKING the horse obey you. So thinking positively and feeling assured help A TON in gaining confidence.
  3. Don’t bother what others have to say about your riding.
    When riding/taking lessons at a yard, there will definitely be that one person who stands by the fence passing mocking and sarcastic, sometimes even discouraging remarks about everyone’s riding. And thankfully I haven’t come across any of that sort of a person, but it is a norm. Almost everyone I follow on Instagram have something to say about that kind of a person. So if you ever do bump into that kind of a person, IGNORE HIM COMPLETELY. Just focus on what your trainer/instructor has to say. And even if you don’t have that kind of a person, your other friends might have something to say about your riding. If they’re encouraging comments, well and good. But if they are mocking/discouraging comments, just ignore them. Peer pressure is what affects our confidence; you’ll always be worried about “how do I look?” or “what will my friends say when they see me like this?”. Just ignore them, pretend they don’t exist.
  4. Ask your trainer/instructor for tips.
    I don’t have that many tips to share with you today, but your trainer/instructor should have some that will help you!

So yeah, that’s all what I have for today!

And sorry if today’s post is quite out of point or ungrammatical, I am really typing as ideas come to my mind so it may not make sense.

With that, see you guys next post 🙂

Horse & Rider Weekly #8: Tips on surviving the fall

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Falling off is something that defines the sport of Equestrianism itself. And sometimes you can just land on your legs, but sometimes there are falls that are far more dangerous and scary than just falling on your legs. Obviously, falls are unpredictable. When you are beginner then they are more unpredictable than ever, but as you get more advanced and more experienced, you can 8 times out of 10 tell that something’s going to happen. And also, you can’t pretty much predict exactly where your horse is going to propel you off. You could land pretty much anywhere. But there are some general tips to help you survive the fall in general.

  1. Don’t stand up right after falling off, even if you feel you’re OK.
    There could be any small injury in your neck or back that you cannot feel, but if you move your body and that injury dislodged, it could lead to a lot of problems or even paralyzation. Keep lying on the ground, and if you’re riding at a yard and there’s no one around you, shout for help. If you’re out of the yard and have fallen on the road, immediately get up and take your horse to the side, and if you feel like sitting down, sit down. If you have your cellphone handy, call someone who can assist you. Remember, don’t mount on right away, a tiny little injury could lead to paralyzation. It’s a good idea to have a trainer/instructor check you since they have basic first aid skills, and then mount on if you feel okay. Remember, if you’re even in the slightest doubt that something’s wrong, don’t take chances, call the ambulance. They’ll take you to hospital and they’ll give you a go-ahead if everything’s alright.
  2. If you’re thrown in front of the horse and the horse doesn’t look like it’s going to stop…
    Immediately roll to the side. Curl yourself in a ball with your head tucked in (just like the jockeys do) and roll away. Once you’re at a safe distance from your horse you can unroll yourself. Then again, shout for help, someone to catch your horse and someone to see to you. Don’t be embarrassed to say “I’ve fallen off! Can someone please help me?”. A little embarrassment is better than a really serious injury.
  3. If you fall with the horse’s rein in your hand…
    Immediately let them go. If your horse is trained well, he won’t wander away, and even if he does, let him. If you keep holding the rein, then 1) The horse will feel uncomfortable and will try to pull back, and 2) If the horse takes a run, you’ll be going with the horse. Rather let the horse wander away and as always, call for help.
  4. Try to avoid falling on your neck.
    Some people will try and take the shock out of falling by stretching their hands out to the ground so they fall on them like a handstand. DON’T do that! It can damage your wrists, arms, and/or shoulders! ONLY DO THAT IF YOU’RE APPROACHING THE GROUND HEAD FIRST, THEN LAND ON YOUR HANDS TO AVOID NECK INJURY. Otherwise if you’re landing on your knees etc., let it be that way, the knees are better to land on than your arms.
  5. Take your time getting ready to ride again.
    If you’ve fallen off and are feeling pain, or just not feeling ready enough to ride again, or are feeling like throwing up, take your time in doing everything you need to and get ready again. If you feel like taking a bit of a rest, do so. If you want to have a bit of a drink or a snack before hopping on again, do so. Take your time in doing whatever you want to in order to feel ready again. And if in the middle of a lesson your trainer/instructor is urging you to come back up, tell them straight forward that you aren’t feeling comfortable enough to ride yet and that when you’re ready you’ll get back on. It’s their habit; they’ll urge you to come back on so they save time and get over with it quickly. Look at yourself first, it’s their habit. And you have a right to even tell them, “I’m not feeling comfortable to ride today, let’s pause the lesson here, we’ll carry on next time.” They ABSOLUTELY CANNOT say no.

If I’ve missed any important point, let me know in the comments and I’ll put it up!

I think that’s all what I have to say about surviving the fall! All of these tips except no. 4 are from my experience. No. 4 was inspired by Young Rider Magazine and just edited a bit.

Hope you guys enjoyed! And I know you guys were waiting for this yesterday but I couldn’t complete it yesterday so here it is!

With that, see you guys next post 🙂