OK! It’s Horsey Humpday! Noooow I’ve tried to add two videos to my post today –whether they’ll work is another question, cos..well, I have zero clue when it comes to stuff like this! So here’s hoping :p But more on that later – I’ll go through food first 😀
Dinner last night TOTALLY made up for my Foodie Fail that was the skanky lentil thing from the other night 😀 I had my favourite veggies, stir fried with tofu and soy sauce and chickpeas, and a sauce made from peanut butter, stock, cinnamon and soy sauce 😀
It was SO lovely!
HOORRAY! Oh, and did anyone else watch the Big Brother final? I’m SO glad the person who did, did! I don’t want to say who in case I give something away 😛
Today – 5k run was the first job of the day. Actually, eating was the real first job of the day, cos that’s how I roll 😛 An apple, wheatgerm and and two rice cakes later and I was revved up to run 😀 26minutes after that and the run was done and dusted – with some fabulous negative splits too!
SHOCKINGLY I had an Epic Pink Monster for breakfast, made pink by the lovely watermelon added 😀
Watermelon and I are having a slight love affair at the moment 😛
It was gooooood.
Even better – whilst I was getting my munch on, a bloke knocked on the door. Not just any old bloke – a DELIVERY bloke!!!
When I was at the HLS, during a run with Gabriela, we were chatting away, and decided to do a foodie swap – and today the package came! Look at all the glorious stuff she gave me:
LOVE that girl!! So generous! I am soo excited to try everything she sent me – and the addition of the Mighty Maple peanut butter means my collection is complete 😀 I really really hope I get to meet her again one day soon 🙂 (by the way – check out her blog – she is seriously awesome!)
After breakfast, I went blackberry picking for an hour and got quite a haul (of berries, and of nettle stings. My legs are tingling so bad right now….) –
Theeeen I rode the mareface – oh boy, she had her Mental Hat on today!! Ears jammed forwards, head right up, eyes on stalks…we didn’t step out of trot, cos i had a sneaky feeling that cantering would bring about some big spooks…..:p
But when she’s like that, it does mean I work up an appetite – just in time for a delicious lunch! One of my favourite meals: kamut tagliatelle, with brussels, squash and parsnip, and a tofu-peanut butter sauce:
Made simply by blending a serving of tofu with some water, a load of peanut butter (a tbsp maybe?), soy sauce, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
Sooo good! As was the two squares of Rawr chocolate for dessert :p
(Random side fact – the past two nights I’ve started using avocado oil in my cooking <- I think not using oil in my own cooking was probably the ONE thing left over from my ED days – but NO MORE! I’m going to make a habit of it from now on, cos it’s not in the least bit scary anymore 😀 *pats back* SCREW YOU, LEFTOVER ED-ACTIONS!! :P)
Dinner is a weird one today – i don’t really have time to cook (keep reading and you’ll see why), so instead, I’ve blended up cereal, blackberries, strawberries, cocoa powder (yes, more cocoa powder), agave nectar and watermelon together for a quick meal later:
And i plan on eating some kind of dense, protein filled bar later on too (maybe a Clif builder’s bar….who knows!).
RIGHT! I have to go and battle the crazy winter weather elements dash – I’m meeting two of my best friends at the cinema to a) GOSSIP (it’s been a LONG time since I’ve seen them (I’ll be getting my 2009 Christmas present too…..!!) and much has happened!!) and b) to see Grown Ups – anyone else seen it?
What was the last good film you saw?
Anyone else noticed that summer seems to be officially OVER!? I can’t wait for winter myself 😀
ps- don’t forget, it’s my sports nutritionist appointment tomorrow – should be interesting! So if you’re an sporty person, particularly a vegan one, do come back!
Horsey Humpday is upon us! –
Sunday – photos taken by my mama (who wasn’t wearing her glasses :p):
Tuesday activities now (post ride!)
Mmmkk! So on Sunday night, there was a programme on TV about horses, and it showed some footage of join up, with Monty Roberts <- he’s like..probably the most famous horse guy ever, like a behaviourist who pioneered all these techniques of ‘talking’ to horses – join up.
With join up, you basically ‘talk horse’, using your body language, eyes, stature, that kind of thing – all non-forceful and non-violent. Monty Roberts has used it to bond with and tame wild horses as well as an alternative method to the ways originally used to break in horses back in the 40s (cruel methods); but everyday people can use it too, just to strengthen your bond with your horse 🙂 It’s really cool!
You start by sending the horse away, ie flapping your arms, strong body language, looking them in the eye etc, which mimics the lead horse in a herd sending away a naughty foal (kind of) – effectively saying to the horse ‘I don’t need you because I’m an alpha’.I reckon this page explains it far better than me 😛
Normally you’d do it in a round pen, so the horse can’t get stuck in corners. I didn’t have a round pen though, just a rectangle 🙂 But here is me sending Chika away:
(Actually, that’s a lie :p I originally just wanted to film Chika being a spaz in the school for y’all, but she automatically joined up with me 😛 )
You keep the horse moving using just your body language (no force, no whips!), and wait for them to start to give you submissive-type signals. The signals include dropping their head down (Chika did that at the end of the first video), chewing with their mouths, keeping their inside ear fixed on you, looking towards you (Chika did that too) slowing down – that sorta thing. You can see Chika doing it in the video!
When they start giving those signals, you turn away from the horse and almost ‘droop’ – ie you go totally submissive too. If the horse has joined up, they turn towards you and walk up to you. Once they’re by you, they stick to you like glue and will follow you about everywhere! I tried to video Chika following me:
Yeah, shoddy as video…but it’s hard to run and film backwards! I don’t know how easy it is to tell..but she was basically following me about, trotting after me and so on (note the flappy bottom lip at the end of the video :p). It’s lovely!
I’ve done join up quite a few times with Chika in the past, though not for a few years. But the affects after are fab – you feel so much closer to the horse! When I came back outside today about 2hrs later, we had a little rally of ‘hello Chika’-whicker-‘hello!’-whicker-‘Yeess baby!’-whicker…like, 6 times over! It was awesome!
If you’re horsey, have you ever tried join up? Are you very into natural horsemanship? I actually don’t really use much natural horsemanship at all, but join up is something I like – cos I think it works!
Anyway, I really hope those videos loaded OK…and if they haven’t, I won’t be here to sort it out Eek :s
Have a good evening!