The Actual Reality Of Farming

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The conditions of animal farming are often something that is misinterpreted by many people. Many people will say that animals are kept in dark cramped conditions without enough space to move.

This is not the reality. In the UK, all of our meat has to be kept to a very high standard while the animal is alive, anything with the little red tractor on it has met these standards.

I have worked on a sheep farm so I think that I have a fairly justified view on the reality of farming and photo evidence (which is currently on my laptop, not my phone). Animals are actually kept in fields where possible and there is always enough grass and food for each animal.

The only exception to this, is if there is an issue with a certain animal or during lambing season for example. These animals will be kept in smaller pens in barns in order to (especially in case of an injury) prevent animals from making themselves worse, to ensure a fast recovery.

Animal ‘activists’ will go into these hospital barns and claim that they are the reality. They are not, they are simply just a small stage which is saving the lives of animals.

May I also point out that when the animals are killed for their meat, they are not barbarically killed. Funny enough, if you think it through logically, this would affect the quality of the meat and also, again in the UK the RSPCA go into these places and inspect them, if the animals were not being killed in a humane way they would shut them down.

Just think it through logically. If anyone wanted to make money, they would have to keep animals to a good standard or no one would buy the meat and therefore, no money would be made. And anyway, UK= high standards.

Also, now that I am on the subject of farm animal welfare, it has recently been announced that the government is scrapping the code for the welfare of farm animals, starting with the poultry sector. Can I just say that this is a bad move. The welfare of those animals is now resting on those who want their meat. While yes they want good meat, they will definitely be doing everything on the cheap. Which does not mean that the animals will be getting a good quality of life.

It has been said that the punishments for mistreatment of animals will still remain the same. Who knows? The UK is a country that is recognised for standing up for the welfare of all animals, and personally,  I think it’s good at the moment. However, this could be the beginning of a slippery slope. There is a fine balance of good treatment and poor treatment. While I am currently for the farming of animals, it is only if they are being treated properly.

If you have an opinion, please do feel free to leave a comment.

Love, AkwardHuman

Note: I have a new book on my Wattpad which is a one off thing. I have also got a new phone and lost my twitter password, so do not try to get hold of me on there please.

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What Happened To My Guinea Pig

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My mum is a bitch who just doesn’t listen. How do I know this? Well. Last weekend my guinea pig died. The other one was lonely.

So on Monday, we went and got a new pair of guinea pigs from the RSPCA. Mum said “When should we introduce them to the other guinea pig”. I said Saturday so I could be there and keep an eye on them.

So it got to Friday. I went off to school. Without my knowledge, while I was at school she opened the hutch, giving the access to the main run.

I got home from school. “Mum why did you let them out?”

“You said to didn’t you?”

“No. I said Saturday so I can supervise”

Then I looked around properly. One was missing. 2 hours later, I gave up looking.

Later Update:
It’s Saturday and we just found it. Somehow it had got out of the run and was under some decking.

Mum, you bitch, if you listened to me this wouldn’t have happened and you wouldn’t have wasted £10 of your money.

What is it with parents not listening? Someone please tell me you can relate to this and it’s not just my parents with the incapability to listen.

Love, AkwardHuman

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Guide Dogs For The Blind

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I am a big suppprter of Guide Dogs for the Blind, which is a charity who provide guide dogs for blind people (it’s sort of self explanitry). My aunt puppy walks for them, I have a blind friend who has a guide dog, my other aunt provides guide dog respite and we take guide dogs when they retire.

One thing really pisses me off. So many people don’t know what guide dogs actually do. Nearly everyone who I talk to, when my hear that my dog is a retired guide dog, the first thing they say is does it get your slippers for you then? No. The word guide dog sort of says it. They take you from place to place and insure their owners safety. Helper Dogs for the Disabled get slippers.

True story, my dogs owner (who was also the blind friend mentioned above) was in a theatre with her husband. The fire alarm went off. Because the dog has to insure the owners safety, she pulled her owner along the fastest route and by the time her husband had caught up with her outside, she’d been out there for quite a while.

Another thing that pisses me off, people don’t realise that guide dogs retire. Humans don’t have to work until they drop down dead so why should they? They retire them to friends and family only and there are numerous house checks first. The age for retirement is 10, but some get retired earlier due to health problems or a refusal to work. This surprises alot of people, but if you think, it’s unsafe for both the owner and dog if the dog doesn’t want to work.

I have a great amount of respect for all blind people who rely on a guide dog to get around, and for anyone who helps in the process of guide dog training and care. These dogs give people their lives and independence. It’s hard putting your faith into a dog, try it, take your dog (or someone else’s) for a walk and close your eyes.

Anyone who says guide dogs is inhumane or cruel, hasn’t been educated very well. I have a feeling the RSPCA would have stepped in if that were the case, plus if they don’t want to work, they don’t have to.

I hope that this post has made you aware of what Guide Dogs do, and that you will also support this worthy cause.

Love, AkwardHuman xx

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The Most Mortifying Ride Ever

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As you know (or should know), I love horse riding. I’ve just got in from my lesson this evening.

Let’s say it could have gone better. Yes it could be worse but it wasn’t good either (suddenly put Avicii lyrics in my head- I may not be the best, but I’m far from the worst).

Anyway, I was on the reversing horse. And she was not having a good day. Which meant there was alot of reversing, going backwards and turning around in circles. When we jumped, it just didn’t happened.

Did I mention I also had a new instructor to impress? Yeah. Not ideal. You can probably guess the impression they got. As well as the one that I am an idiot (that’s the impression everyone gets), he also got the one I can’t ride (probably, hopefully not).

Fortunately, he then got on the horse and realised it was in fact the horse, not me but still, I can’t shake the feeling that what he said (I can tell the horse is difficult, it’s not your riding, I’ll make sure you get a different horse next time) was to be nice.

It was embarrassing. Still, at least I wasn’t the idiot who fell off (this other kid in the lesson, the creepy stalker).

I guess next week, I’ll have to show him what I’m actually capable of.

Love, AkwardHuman xx

Riding Helmets

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As some of you may or may not be aware, there is a change of standard that riding helmets must meet in the UK. I checked my helmet and it doesn’t meet those standards. This meant I had the challenge of explaining to my mum why I needed a new helmet.

Firstly, although I don’t compete, my stables can not insure me to ride if my helmet doesn’t meet the correct standards. Probably because when I fall off (note the when not if) if they find I technically wasn’t safe to ride, they’re going to be in some serious shit.

I think, they update standards to stop people using old helmets because the protective plates on older helmets wear down and break. Which makes them unprotective. Plus helmet companies want some more money.

Anyay, secondly my helmet has been bashed around. Alot. I also think that I may have fallen and hit my head once…

Thirdly, my straps were broken.

That was the argunent I presented. Between salesperson of the year and me, we told her this. She then said why do you have to have such an expensive hobby. I told her horses or drugs, which are much more expensive, dangerous and illegal.

She saw sense. If you have difficulty explaining the helmet situation to your parents, show the all that 👆. Then show them this 👇.

Life is pretty fragile. I have had 2 encounters with death this week and nearly saw my own. I saw my brothers duck die, a horse and we nearly had a head on collision in a car. It doesn’t take alot to die, especially where horses and heads are involved. Wear a helmet.

I just have a simple skull cap, £45 and a hat silk £8. It’s not a crazy amount in comparison to some things.

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Yeah, I got passionate about helmets.

Love, AkwardHuman xx

The Reversing Horse

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Good news- I am back in my normal lesson! 😀 (horseriding)
Bad news- This idiot followed us 😭.

We have this kid who has been following me and my friend round for quite a while now. He can’t ride, but he thinks he can give us advice, tell us how to do stuff and thinks he is amazing. And he does not shut up. Issue.

A couple of days ago, I was riding the horse I mentioned in this blog post. She circles randomly and yesterday, there was alot of reversing going on.

Happy days.

Anyway, the idiot stalker kid in our class goes to me “stop reversing your horse into me. I don’t want to fall off”. That’s the least of your concerns.

Maybe it would do him some good to learn how to stay on a horse. If they put him on most of the horses I ride, he wouldn’t last 4 seconds.

The other thought I had was, learn to keep your distance. He is the worst. Most of the time he’s going so slow that your going up his horses rear end. When you don’t want him to be there, he is right up your horses rear end.

Have some sense.

We have tried everything to get this kid out. None of the instructors we have had wanted him there but they can’t do anything. We spoke to the manager of the yard but that was useless. Anymore ideas. Legal ones???

AkwardHuman xx

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New Riding Lesson

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I recently moved riding lesson. Something about my riding instructor left because the owner of the yard wasn’t paying her enough and now they can’t find a replacement.

So that means that for now I am riding on a different day. With a bunch of idiots. The instructor in this lesson is very good, I had her a couple of times but still. The other kids in this lesson… 😠😠

First there’s this kid who we can’t get rid of. He is following us from lesson to lesson. He is really bad at riding and just irritating to be around. On top of that we now have a girl with us who is super irritating to be near and bad at riding. I was soo close to punching her or hanging her by her reins.

I get annoyed easily but still, even my friend who rides with me was getting annoyed. Let’s say we won’t be staying in that lesson. Rant over.

Good part is that I got to ride a new horse (well new to me). She’s quite young and likes to randomly do circles and her canter is quite unbalanced but apart from that she’s lovely. I didn’t get to jump her because some idiot moved all the jumps but apparently she’s great to jump.

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AkwardHuman xx

A Memory

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Yesterday I went riding out on a hack. I arrived a bit early so I went and met all the horses. I was put on a lovely pony. She was bay and so friendly and did everything I asked her to, unlike The Maniac back at home.

We rode into the forrest and the instructor was also really friendly, I found out alot about the local area and had a brilliant time.

After I got back and thought about the horse I was on, it bought back a memory.

Around 5 years ago, I had an accident while I was horseriding. I got away with my right upper arm, shoulder and a few ribs bruised to the bone. Pretty painfull but not to major. The main thing that was injured was my confidence.

For 6 months I was terrified whenever I got on a horse. I don’t know why I carried on (I did and I am glad I did). Then I went on a riding holiday where I met another bay pony who did everything I asked him to (I’m just going to rename him Miracle).

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Over the week he helped me and gave me my confidence back. I made more progress in a week then I had in 6 months.

The next year I went back. Before I went my mum emailed with a request for me to ride him again. The reply was something like yeah sure thats not a problem.

When I went, it turned out he had been sold. I hid how upset I was mostly at the fact I’d been told he was there and he wasn’t.

Miracle is the reason for many things now. He is the reason I still ride, he is the reason I ride confidently, he is a reason I don’t trust people.  I would do anything to find him, just to check he’s ok.

I have never actually told anyone the whole story of this, how I actually felt, how much he actually meant to me. It feels good to get it out.

Love, AkwardHuman xx

Riding the Maniac

Hello Best Friends!

At my stables we have a horse. He’s generally alright. Unless you want to jump. The moment he sees a pole even an inch off the ground, he goes mental.

I knew that this would happen at some point, but a few days ago, I had to ride him. And jump. I have ridden him before, but somehow avoided jumping him.

It was terrifying. I was pretty scared. I turned him towards the jump and he did about 5 bucks and some serious reversing into the other horses. Fortunately my friend (who rides him regularly) was there to tell me what to do.

Eventually he went over it a couple of times. And I found out that that was a good day for him. I have sometimes seen him doing enourmous bucks and kicking walls. Let’s say I got lucky.

Love, AkwardHuman xx

Newmarket

Hello Best Friends!

Today, I went to a place known as Newmarket. It’s famous for it’s race track (for horses) and for it’s many stud farms (again, for horses).

We went to the National Horse Racing Museum (totally worth a visit, even if you don’t like horses- my dad doesn’t like horses and even he liked it).

It was really interesting and they even have a racehorse simulator which you can have a go on. By chance, we ran into a pair of trainee-jockeys and it was really interesting to talk to them. When they went on the simulator they made it look so easy!

Unfortunately while we were out, my friend took her sheep off our field because we promised someone else the hay. Which basically means that I won’t see her for a while 😭😭.

I know I haven’t posted for a while again. I’m going to do one, maybe two posts a week (if it’s been interesting). This is mostly because I’m often short on time and to be honest, my blog is pretty repetitive. So that should stop it. And make it less depressing because it will mean theres less space to be negative.

Love, AkwardHuman xx