velessa: (Obama - Vulcan/health care)


This guy is truly unbelievable. I've never seen any politician change their "beliefs" so frequently, so blatantly, so drastically in an effort to get votes. Seems like he contradicts himself in the same breath half the time. I encourage everyone to watch this. This guy changes what he says so much I'm not sure he even KNOWS what he actually believes in his heart on any given issue. You cannot trust a single solitary thing Romney says, ever. And what a track record: he's a bully, he impersonated a cop for fun, he's cruel to animals, he destroyed American jobs and businesses for profit. He will say anything necessary to get elected. This is not a man who can be trusted to be in charge of anything, certainly not running our country!

Substitute "forgot" with LIED ABOUT:












Bottom line: VOTE FOR OBAMA!
velessa: (me & Rob Paulsen)
This is SWEET! A collection of awesome American voice actors, including my favorite, Rob Paulsen, read Star Wars in the voices of their various characters. I've never heard of Emerald City Comic Con before, but based on this, I'm going to have to look into going next time around if this is the caliber of talent they attract!

velessa: (Michael Jackson - Moonwalker animation)
This is so awesome! This video combines some of my most favorite things seamlessly, my very favorite background music from Sonic the Hedgehog which happens to be from my favorite level ever (the ice level of Sonic 3) with one of my very favorite Michael Jackson songs and videos, Smooth Criminal. If you appreciate either of these things, watch it!

velessa: (Horses - Bo funny)
...grinding dirt into his white coat. Yay. Is it any wonder I keep him covered most of the time?



More fun in the dirt )

I rode Bo a little in the round pen again tonight, still in the western saddle and giving him sugar cubes during and just after mounting and stepping out. No problems there. Prior to that, I took him into the indoor arena to the scary mounting corner and fed him some grain there. While he was eating I stood next to him on the mounting block, leaned over him, and swung my leg over his back a little bit (still stood on the block with the other one). He only vaguely tried to move away from the block at the beginning and only looked a bit concerned when he had run out of food. =p We'll keep working on it...
velessa: (Sleeping Beauty - Aurora smiling & blink)
I've learned I talk way too much when I videotape things...anyway, pics and videos here )
velessa: (Sleeping Beauty - Aurora smiling & blink)
I've learned I talk way too much when I videotape things...anyway, pics and videos here )
velessa: (Horses - Bo funny)
So it seems the ground squirrels at the barn are every bit as conditioned to the sound of grain as the horses.

Today while I was filling up Bo's dish, as soon as I started pouring the grain, this chubby squirrel appeared from under my tack box and stared at me, then started inching closer and closer to me. I was surprised by how close he was getting. I shooed him away and took the dish to Bo, then I started mucking out his stall.

I turn back maybe ten seconds later, and there's Fatso squirrel sitting in the dish with Bo eating around him! I've seen the squirrels and the rats come out and snatch grain from the dish before, but now they've gotten lightning fast at it! Bo doesn't seem to notice or care most of the time, but he'll sometimes pin his ears at the squirrel and shoo it away with his nose, haha. Anyway, I was so amused by the squirrel's boldness and persistence, that I sat and watched him steal grain for a while and took some funny pictures and video of it. =)

Sneaky squirrel thieves! )
velessa: (Horses - Bo smelling poppies)
This weekend was lovely and warm with temps in the 70s, and Bo got to run around and enjoy the sunshine quite a bit. But he did end up straining something while running around like a loon in the deep dirt arena today, so he's now a little lame. =\ I don't think I'll be letting him out there again, it's just too damn deep and is never dragged. I did get some cool photos and videos out of it, though, so enjoy! These are on Facebook as well.

Bo galore! )

By the way, I also added pictures to my last entry about the Sharks game if you care to see them. There are horses there, too!
velessa: (Religion - Christianity)
Every person on the planet should watch this. I agree with every last word. I'm not an atheist, but I am opposed to organized religion. Many organized religions, especially the ones based on the christian god, breed hate and evil and intolerance in the guise of "faith," and it makes me sick!

velessa: (Religion - Christianity)
Every person on the planet should watch this. I agree with every last word. I'm not an atheist, but I am opposed to organized religion. Many organized religions, especially the ones based on the christian god, breed hate and evil and intolerance in the guise of "faith," and it makes me sick!

velessa: (Horses - Bo1)
Bo got his teeth floated* for what I believe was the first time today. His previous owner told me she doesn't start getting her horses' teeth done until they're 11! o_O WTF?? Bo is 10 this month.

So of course, Bo had MASSIVE hooks and points on all of his teeth, with the bottom ones being especially bad. I'm sure that hasn't been helping with his head tossing. He also apparently has a VERY narrow space between his teeth and his cheeks, so he'd been getting scraped up all the time. The vet had to power float everything because there would have been no way in hell she'd have been able to do it or do a good job of it with just a hand rasp. But it looks like with the points gone, she thinks he'll wear pretty evenly and won't need to be done any more than the normal annual float.

All that considered, he was a very good boy about it. Jackson was an absolute nightmare to float, being huge and a huge wussy TB, he had to be retranqued over and over and still threw his head around for all he was worth. Bo needed to be retranqued once and didn't make too much of a fuss other than when the tranqualizer was wearing off. It did take some time to get to all his teeth, but not nearly as long as Jackson took.

Illustrated version )

*For non-horsey folks: horse teeth grow continually and are worn down when they chew. They usually wear down unevenly and create points and sharp edges that need to be filed off by a vet ("floated"), typically done once a year.
velessa: (SpongeBob - pointing and laughing)
Watch these! )
velessa: (SpongeBob - pointing and laughing)
Watch these! )
velessa: (Horses - Jackson pretty)
I've decided I definitely want to sell Jackson, I just don't see us working out in the long run. While I thought I wanted a "challenging" horse to ride, I definitely don't want a horse that's nothing BUT a challenge to ride! I can't see him ever really mellowing out to be the chill, hack-around horse I now realize I actually want (not for many years at any rate), and I simply can't justify throwing all my money away and not having any fun in the meantime while waiting for that to possibly maybe happen. Of course this is a terrible time to sell horses, and I'm not sure who would really want a huge, cranky 15 year old sort-of jumper/sort-of dressage horse. If worse comes to worse I may end up giving him to someone's jumping lesson program. Other options could be getting a month or two or training for him, or trying to put him at a sale barn, but those would be really expensive and not something I can really afford to do.

For the time being one of my instructor's other students (Kelly) has been riding him a lot, three or four times a week for me. She's currently between horses and looking for her next eventer, and she's riding Jackson in both dressage and jumping lessons. He definitely does not like dressage, but he does seem to enjoy jumping. She's all for continuing to ride him even when she does get another horse, and my hope is that him basically getting all this free "training" will make him more attractive for someone to buy down the road. I'm just hoping it's not TOO long down the road; I can't wait forever because I really need to move him to a cheaper barn. However, when I do that I will no longer have Kelly to ride him, and he won't be getting any better with me on him. I've decided I'll leave him where he is for about two more months, but after that I'll have to make that move.

Furthermore, once I do find Jackson another home, I'm going to hold off getting another horse for a while. Instead I'm going to take more riding lessons and possibly lease a horse in order to get a better idea of where I really want to go with my horse hobby, as well as work towards becoming a better rider. I'm also considering going back to school (and studying something that would actually be USEFUL for getting a real career; kids, don't major in liberal arts!), and not owning a horse would free up a lot more time for me to do so.

Anyway, the point of this post was to share some video clips of Jackson being jumped the other day. His previous owner said she did a lot of showing with him in jumping, although I have no idea at what level or for how long or even if he was ever taught how to jump in the first place. So he's now getting refresher work with Kelly. )
velessa: (Yakitate!! Japan - Pierrot - LOL!)
If you haven't seen this yet, you HAVE to watch it! =D

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die
velessa: (Yakitate!! Japan - Pierrot - LOL!)
If you haven't seen this yet, you HAVE to watch it! =D

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die
velessa: (Yakitate!! Japan - Pierrot - LOL!)
THANKSGIVING HAS BEEN RICKROLLED:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXJnOjAGR24

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! =)
velessa: (Yakitate!! Japan - Pierrot - LOL!)
THANKSGIVING HAS BEEN RICKROLLED:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXJnOjAGR24

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! =)
velessa: (Ducks - pretty)
Thanks for the well wishes everyone ^^ I definitely have a full blown cold...I've been pretty much lying in bed all day sneezing and blowing my nose and generally feeling icky. My voice is still almost nonexistant and now my nose is raw in addition to my throat :p I was supposed to go to the A's game with my brother today, but I knew there was no way I'd make it. Turns out they lost anyway, so I didn't miss anything good. Instead I just stayed here and caught up on Kaleido Star, and I finally am able to start watching Mirage of Blaze because I accidently found that Jet Audio can play ogm files.

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] alliandra! *hugs* Hope it was great (since I think it's already tomorrow where you live)!

Eiji is hosting Tenipuri on the Radio this month! ^_^ This makes me very happy.

Video files of my ducks! For anyone who would like to see them doing stuff. The one where they quack is pretty funny...Ooishi has a normal duck quack, and Kikumaru still peeps like a baby for the most part...but when he does quack it's really loud and sounds like he's laughing! Watch it and see what I mean :)

in their pool when I had them at home
eating lettuce out of my hand, also at home
pecking my shoes at their new private island home
on the island
in the pond (Ooishi is quacking, Kikumaru is squeaking)
quacking and laughing (Ooishi is quacking, Kikumaru is "laughing")

Must find some Nyquil...this stupid runny nose won't let me sleep!
velessa: (Ducks - pretty)
Thanks for the well wishes everyone ^^ I definitely have a full blown cold...I've been pretty much lying in bed all day sneezing and blowing my nose and generally feeling icky. My voice is still almost nonexistant and now my nose is raw in addition to my throat :p I was supposed to go to the A's game with my brother today, but I knew there was no way I'd make it. Turns out they lost anyway, so I didn't miss anything good. Instead I just stayed here and caught up on Kaleido Star, and I finally am able to start watching Mirage of Blaze because I accidently found that Jet Audio can play ogm files.

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] alliandra! *hugs* Hope it was great (since I think it's already tomorrow where you live)!

Eiji is hosting Tenipuri on the Radio this month! ^_^ This makes me very happy.

Video files of my ducks! For anyone who would like to see them doing stuff. The one where they quack is pretty funny...Ooishi has a normal duck quack, and Kikumaru still peeps like a baby for the most part...but when he does quack it's really loud and sounds like he's laughing! Watch it and see what I mean :)

in their pool when I had them at home
eating lettuce out of my hand, also at home
pecking my shoes at their new private island home
on the island
in the pond (Ooishi is quacking, Kikumaru is squeaking)
quacking and laughing (Ooishi is quacking, Kikumaru is "laughing")

Must find some Nyquil...this stupid runny nose won't let me sleep!

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