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Of Course Horses Can Do Push-Ups

ricky_winterwell

37… 38… 39… Whew! Hold on, one more… URGH!

Pfff!! Nah, it’s not happening. I can’t do any more. Whew.

That was tough. That was harder than I ever remember it being.

How’s the training going, you ask? Well, yeah… Umm… Okay?

Umm, how’s it been going for you? How many push-ups have you done today? 

HA! Seems like I beat you by quite  few lengths there! You and Summerblaze are gonna have to do more push-ups than that to be able to beat me!

What? Horses can’t do push-ups? Pff, details, details. You can’t just explain things with words…

Come on now Rita and Summerblaze! Let’s see what you can do! First to 50 wins, okay?

Ready? 3, 2, 1…!

Objectives: Compete against Ricky to see who can do the most push-ups.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 20 with New Hillcrest

Ready, set, go!

ricky_winterwell

Haha! I won!!

You were also pretty good Rita, you came in second in spite of everything. The real loser here, I’m sorry to say, is Summerblaze, who didn’t actually do any push-ups at all. What a lazybones!

Quest completed

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The Way of the Horse

ricky_winterwell

To tell you the truth, Rita, my training has been pretty so-so…

I’ve been out jogging and everything, but it’s not enough. It’s been so long since I was last in peak condition that I think I’ve forgotten how to follow the way of the horse.

What? What’s the way of the horse?

When you practice Jor-jitsu, there are loads of different techniques and styles you can use. The most traditional approach is the way of the horse, it’s one of the very oldest, hardest, and most refined martial arts you can learn.

But hey, I just thought! What horse in its right mind would only eat fruit and nuts?!

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

I’m not sure, you tell me, since you seem to be the diet expert…

ricky_winterwell

No horse in its right mind, Rita, you’re quite right. Not a single horse in its right mind. And what training diet have I been on? Exactly! Just fruit and nuts!

Quest completed

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Becoming More Like a Horse

ricky_winterwell

What I need to get back to top form is to find a way to be inspired to rediscover the way of the horse! What I mean by that is, I need to start eating hay. Only hay.

Why do you look so unsure Rita? Of course hay is the best thing I can eat!

Just look how strong and fast Summerblaze is! I mean, you’d have to ignore the fact that Summerblaze is lazy and can’t do push-ups, but yeah! Strong! Probably can’t do sit-ups either, though.

As luck would have it, I’ve actually got a load of hay at home. There’s a bale behind my house, could you grab it and then we’ll see who can eat the fastest!

Oh. You don’t want a speed hay eating contest? Fair enough. Then I’ll just challenge Summerblaze to the duel, and I’d probably have beaten you anyway Rita, no offence. When it comes to eating the most hay, I think it’s better if the match is between me and Summerblaze.

Objectives: Fetch the bale of hay from behind Ricky’s house and give it to your horse. Then the battle against Ricky can begin!

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Ricky Winterwell

You are a crazy person, has anyone ever told you that?

ricky_winterwell

Dryyyyy… Cough!

This is so dry!

Quest completed

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Water. Need Water.

ricky_winterwell

Water!

Cough… I need water!

Objectives: Get Ricky some water.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Ricky Winterwell

Go across the street to the center block, and behind the houses, you’ll find several rain barrels. Collect some water from the barrel (why we couldn’t get water from a faucet somewhere is beyond me, but anyway) and return to Ricky.)

ricky_winterwell

Gulp, gulp, gulp…

Ahh! Now I can breathe again. This hay just stuck in my throat, it was really dry! How can horses eat this stuff?

Quest completed

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Balanced Diet?! Pfft!

ricky_winterwell

Nah, it wasn’t such a good idea to eat hay after all. I’ll have to think of something else to eat.

You think I should try eating a balanced diet? Pfft! Haha! Of course I’m not gonna fall for that. Next time it’ll have to be a gluten diet. Instead of avoiding gluten, I’ll just make sure absolutely everything I eat contains gluten. Maybe that’ll work.

You still want me to go for varied and balanced, huh Rita? Haha, we’ll see.

The problem remains though… I don’t know how I’m going to get back on to following the way of the horse. Without that technique, I’ll never have a chance in the competition.

What a great idea Rita! If I study Summerblaze then maybe I’ll be more likely to be inspired to rejoin the way of the horse!

I guess that means you and Summerblaze are thinking about helping me in time for the qualifiers?

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

As long as you stop calling my horse lazy…

ricky_winterwell

Thanks! If you want to help me then I’ve already got ideas about how we can get started!

Quest completed

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Running from a Horse

ricky_winterwell

There’s an old paddock a little bit out of town, we could use that… Or, actually, nah. Forget I said anything…

We could just be at the little paddock down by the stable instead. It’s nowhere near as good… Or, wait, actually it’s better! Way better!

Why can’t we use the other paddock? Umm… Well, it’s… Well, like… I’m not allowed to show my face there…

Can we not just talk about something else? We need to get training!

Probably just as well we get to the paddock by the stable as fast as we can.

If I’d like a lift on the back of Summerblaze? Haha, nice of you to ask, but I can probably run there faster myself.

Oh, really? Summerblaze isn’t a lazy lump you say? So you’re sticking with your story that horses can’t do push-ups, huh? What’s your line on sit-ups and squats then?

They can’t do those either?

Hmm… Well it just remains to be seen then. If you and Summerblaze can get there before me, then I suppose I’ll stop calling Summerblaze a lazybones.

You ready? Set? Go!!

Objectives: Race Ricky down to the paddock by the stable.

Rewards: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP, 25 Horse XP

Reputation: 30 with Ricky Winterwell

Prepare to eat your words, sir!

ricky_winterwell

Whew! Pfff! Hhhhnnng!

You won, great job Rita. And you, Summerblaze, are not as much of a lazybones as I thought, even if you don’t do push-ups…

Quest completed

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Learning to Walk

ricky_winterwell

You guys were so fast! I need to get out and run more, imagine being slower than a horse. Pff, can’t be having that!

Anyway, now let’s get to what I need your help with… I’m going to try and tell you the whole thing from the very beginning so that you’re up to speed.

Many many years ago – just when I started with Jor-jitsu – my old trainer, Master Lucia Goldspur, took me with her stable during my school break so that she could teach me an ancient technique. The technique was the way of the horse, and it’s one of the oldest methods in Jor-jitsu.

I remember being disappointed when Master Lucia said to me that we were going to spend the next three weeks mucking out the stable and taking care of the stable’s horses. I wondered what it had to do with Jor-jitsu.

But after three weeks…

After three weeks’ hard work, Master Lucia said I was ready for the next stage. Master Lucia took me to a paddock where she let a horse run free, then asked me to study the patterns of its movement. I still remember how graceful I thought the horse was as it moved, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t remember.. 

I remember her saying “If you’re to build a good foundation for the way of the horse, you must know how the horse moves around.” That’s why I need to remind myself of how a horse moves, like when Summerblaze is out running.

My question to you Rita is could you show me Summerblaze’s different paces and walking styles?

Great!

Okay, follow my instructions and walk in the style I ask you to.

Objectives: Fill the display to the top by riding in the paces Ricky asks you to.

Rewards: 60 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP, 40 Horse XP

Reputation: 40 with Ricky Winterwell

In the arena move your horse in the required gait to fill up the progress bar at the bottom of the screen. Go through walk, trot, canter, and gallop. If you are in the wrong gait, you will lose progress.

Speak to Ricky when he is satisfied with what he has seen.

ricky_winterwell

I think I’ve got it! Almost, anyway. We’ve got the walks but there’s something missing.

Quest completed

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Can Horses Jump?

ricky_winterwell

Rita!

There’s something missing. I’ve seen the walks, but there’s something else… What could it be? What can a horse do except walk? Definitely not push-ups… How’s it going with the sit-ups? The squats? Could you show me Summerblaze doing some squats?

Pfft. No squats either? Rita, what sort of loser horse is this you’ve got? Listen, if it’s not squats then what is it?

Jump? What on earth are you talking about?

You mean horses can jump?! Yeah! Well of course, it’s obvious now! You’re a genius!

That was something Master Lucia did, but it was quite a while ago. She said that you can never learn the way of the horse until you’re able to visualize a horse jumping.

I know exactly which racetrack you could use as well. I know that the Bulldogz are using different tracks right now to test our locations for new races around here, but don’t worry, there’s a track that goes around the stable and it has tons of jumps! If you ride the course, I can stay here and watch you both in action. 

Okay, I’m ready Rita, let’s see Summerblaze’s best jump! Ride carefully though, these jumps can be a little tricky.

Objectives: Ride the jump course and show Ricky how a horse jumps.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP, 35 Horse XP

Reputation: 35 with Ricky Winterwell

Giddyup lazybones!

ricky_winterwell

Wow! Like, wow! I almost forgot how it felt to watch a horse jump so gracefully!

Quest completed

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Stand on One Leg? Cartwheeling?

ricky_winterwell

It’s all coming back, it’s all coming back to me now! I’m finally starting to remember the way of the horse, Rita!

There’s something missing, though. No matter how hard I try, I cannot remember techniques like “the brush,” “the hoof pick,” or “the feed” work. Is it that you have to do it standing on one leg? Or do you have to cartwheel while you do it?

You don’t think it’s cartwheeling? Pfft! HA! Since when did you become an expert on Jor-jitsu? No offence, but your horse can’t even do squats. I know all abut this stuff… Almost. If only I could remember those three techniques… Hmm…

So you mean horses don’t do push-ups, they don’t do sit-ups, AND they don’t do squats?! Right. Horses are weird, mysterious things. What do you think about the brush then? You don’t think it involves cartwheels? How do you do it then?

You want to show me how you take care of Summerblaze?

That’s an excellent idea! If I get to see how you look after Summerblaze then maybe I’ll remember how those techniques go!

Show me your best care techniques, I’ll ask for them in a certain order. 

Thanks!

Objectives: Follow Ricky’s instructions and show him the care techniques he asks to see.

Rewards: 40 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 25 with Ricky Winterwell

The first thing he wants is to pick hooves. The pick is automatically in your inventory. Next he wants the brush. You will have to pick up the brush first, which can be found near the stable shop front. Next he wants the feed. Pick up hay from the bale behind him and use it to feed your horse.

Speak to him when you have demonstrated all the techniques.

ricky_winterwell

Feels like everything is falling into place!

Quest completed

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I Want to Feel the Wind!

ricky_winterwell

I’ve seen how a horse moves, I’ve seen how a horse jumps and I’ve seen how it’s taken care of. Why does it still feel like something is missing?

Feels like I can see the spaghetti and smell the spaghetti but I don’t know how the spaghetti tastes, you know?

If I’d like to come riding?

But I don’t have a horse and I think Nathalie is too busy right now for me to go and ask her if I can borrow one fro the stable.

If I’d like to ride behind you on Summerblaze?

Maybe you’re onto something here Rita. If I get to feel how it feels to ride, then the last bits of the puzzle should fall into place. The last bits I need to remember all the ways of the horse!

How do I get up onto Summerblaze then? Will you help me?

Okay. I think I’m ready now. Ride really fast so that it feels like I might be about to fall off. I want to feel the wind whoosh by my face!

Objectives: Take Ricky out on a ride.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP, 40 Horse XP

Reputation: 30 with Ricky Winterwell

Hang on tight, here we go!

ricky_winterwell

Woohoo!! What a race that was! Almost feels like we were in a real championship!

Quest completed

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The Best Training Gear

ricky_winterwell

That was really incredible, and I think I’ve remembered how all the techniques should be now.

I think I’m ready to get going. Do you want to train with me and help me go through all my various techniques? Help me sharpen up before qualifiers?

You do? Great, thanks!

Before we get started, I think you need to make a quick visit to Nathalie down by the stable. Since you were already helping me, I ordered a really awesome pair of sports shoes for you. You need good training gar if we’re gonna do this properly.

Ride down and talk to Nathalie, then I’ll see you outside the Bulldogz clubhouse.

Objectives Go to Nathalie to collect the sports shoes.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Ricky Winterwell

Meet Nathalie down in front of the New Hillcrest stables.

nathalie_moonriver

Hey Rita!! Nice to see you!

Sports shoes?

Quest completed

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One of My Best Friends 

nathalie_moonriver

Hope Ricky hasn’t totally worn you out with all the training! He asked you to collect the sports shoes he ordered for you, right?

I’ll just grab them for you right now, they’re really nice! First though, do you want to say hello to one of my best friends?

This is Lady, she’s been my best and most loyal friend for almost twelve years. Even though she’s not just a little foal anymore, she’s a total ray of sunshine, full of energy!

Don’t be shy, go up and say hello to Lady!

Objectives: Say hello to Nathalie’s horse, Lady.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Best part of my day; meeting new horses!

nathalie_moonriver

Seems like Lady really likes you!

Quest completed

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A Calm, Sweet Horse

nathalie_moonriver

You and I should really take a ride together with Lady and Summerblaze some time. What do you think?

Heehee! Glad to hear you’d like that. I can’t today sadly, I have a little beginner coming to the stable to try riding for the first time. 

I thought she might be able to take her first test ride on Lady because I don’t think there’s a more careful or more understanding horse than her. She’s always so cute and so gentle with kids, so she’s perfect to introduce to the little ones when they come to take a test ride.

As soon as I’ve grabbed your shoes for you, I’ll get started with preparing Lady.

Oh no! Look Rita… Ivan Drake is coming. Ugh. I really don’t like that man, could you please stick around here with me while we find out what he wants?

Objectives: Talk to Ivan Drake.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Hey there, jerkface…

ivan_drake

Hello there Nathalie! You getting ready to move out of my stables? Haha!

Quest completed

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Laughing at the Sad

ivan_drake

I heard Ricky wants to take part in the qualifiers for the district championships! HAHA! Like that loser would ever have a chance. Nathalie, it’s probably best that you start thinking about moving out of the stables so me and my club Total Destruction can take over.

I promise I’ll use this place a lot more than that old paddock I won from Ricky last time. Like who in their right mind would want to spend time there? Hahaha!

When I won that old paddock from Ricky and told him he was never allowed to show his face there again, it was only because it was so fun to see him so sad! Hahaha, it’s amazing when people are all sad like that. Laughing at them in that state is the best thing ever hahaha….!

So this is the famous Lady, huh Nathalie? Lady, lovely Lady who’s so nice and nice? Ha. Loser. Can I pet the little bundle of lameness?

Objectives: Calm Lady down before she attacks Ivan.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Ricky Winterwell

Whoa horseie, I know he’s awful but let’s be the better people here…

ivan_drake

That creature’s a FREAK!

Quest completed

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Fried Porridge = Luxury

ivan_drake

What? Pff, nah, I’m never scared of anything. Like I’d cry and shout for my mother just because of a dumb horse. Pfft.

Nathalie, make sure you get a muzzle on that maniac, otherwise I’ll be sending my lawyers to sue you so hard that you’ll think fried porridge is a luxury.

Just you wait. I’ll be back. Grr.

Objectives: Talk to Nathalie.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

They say that horses are the best judges of character. This Ivan Drake guy is serious scum.

nathalie_moonriver

UGH! Rita! That idiot makes me so angry! So angry that I’m just shaking all over!

Quest completed

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The Paddock Outside New Hillcrest

nathalie_moonriver

I know I shouldn’t let Ivan Drake have this effect on me, I should’t care at all about what he says but it’s hard to ignore it. Thanks for being here Rita.

You wonder what he was talking about? Yeahh, umm… I’m sure you’re curious.

Has Ricky said anything to you about the paddock that’s just outside New Hillcrest?

Hmm? He suggested you train there and then quickly changed his mind?

Yeah. You see, the paddock used to belong to him…

Ugh! I’d love to tell you more about it but I need to get Lady ready before the students arrive. I hardly know how I’ll be able to groom her or get her ready considering how much I’m still shaking.

You’ll help? Oh, gosh, that’s so lovely! Thank you!

Here, take my grooming brush and groom Lady. I’ll tell you more about Ricky and the paddock while you’re at it. 

Objectives: Groom Lady then talk to Nathalie.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Groom the horse with the brush from your inventory, then speak to Nathalie again.

nathalie_moonriver

Thanks ever so much Rita.

Quest completed

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Epona Kai

nathalie_moonriver

Has Ricky told you anything about his old trainer, Master Lucia? He has?

You see, Master Lucia was the owner of a very old Jor-jitsu club called “Epona Kai.” Back then, the focus of the club was on monitoring and measuring the old techniques of the martial arts right there in the paddock. Master Lucia was one of the greatest Jor-jitsu artists of all time, which is why that paddock is so well known amongst those who practice and follow Jor-jitsu.

Ricky had the luck to have Master Lucia take him under her wing at an early age, and she trained him in the way of the horse, as it’s called. When she started to get into her later years, she asked Ricky if he would look after her club and paddock for her.

Ricky was supposed to take care of the club and the paddock until a new master came along, but nobody knew who that master was supposed to be. Master Lucia had her faith in Ricky, but for Ricky to be master, he’d first have to win the Jorvik championship.

Ricky promised her he would, then just a few weeks later, Master Lucia peacefully passed away.

You don’t need to be sad Rita, Master Lucia was a very, very old lady when she died. She slept peacefully and happily and welcomed the next part of life – not knowing what was coming next – with open arms.

Oh gosh! Time’s flying by! Lady’s hooves need scraping before the kids arrive!

Oh how nice of you to help me with this as well Rita. If you clean out Lady’s hooves, I can then carry on with the story.

Objectives: Scrape Lady’s hooves then talk to Nathalie.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Use the hoof pick from your inventory on Lady, then speak to Nathalie again for her to continue her tale.

nathalie_moonriver

Thanks, now Lady just needs to be saddled then everything’s ready for my little student to arrive.

Quest completed

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Disbanding Epona Kai

nathalie_moonriver

Where was I?

Ah yes, Ricky had promised to take care of Master Lucia’s old club and the paddock belonging to it until a new leader for the club stepped up.

Ricky, as you’ve probably noticed, can have a huge amount of self-confidence and so he took part in the Jorvik Championships even though Master Lucia told him to wait a couple of years until he was ready.

The rest is history. Ricky lost in the final of the championship and the person he lost against was none other than Ivan Drake.

As well as his self-confidence, Ricky also lost the club and the paddock to Ivan. In the heat of the moment, he bet Ivan the paddock that he could beat him. If Ricky lost, Ivan would then own the paddock.

Since the club lost its paddock, it also lost its headquarters, and because Ricky also became very withdrawn, the remaining members looked for other clubs to join meaning the club was more or less disbanded.

Sorry to stop again, I’m almost totally calm, but I’ll need Lady to be saddled so she’s ready for the lesson.

Haha! Thanks for helping me with this as well! I promise I’ll finish the story this time since you’re helping me!

Objectives: Saddle Lady, then talk to Nathalie.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 15 with Ricky Winterwell

Tack up Lady, the bridle and saddle (with no rug apparently) and then speak to Nathalie to finally finish her tale.

nathalie_moonriver

Thanks Rita. I’ll keep going now, there’s not much of the story left.

Quest completed

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Epona Kai is Not Lost!

nathalie_moonriver

As you know, the years went by and now I don’t know what any of the other club members are doing. I know the only two who knew the way of the horse were Master Lucia and Ricky who she’d taught because she wanted him to take over.

Ricky seems to have lost a lot of his knowledge but I really think you can help him find his way back. He’s got it in there somewhere, he just needs a little help to get back on track. You’ve no idea how grateful I am that you’re helping him, and I think he’s really grateful too but just does’t ever think to say so. 

Even if the paddock is lost, it doesn’t mean Epona Kai has to be too! Ricky can still save the club, the paddock, my stable and even me if he wins that competition, so thanks for training with him Rita.

Oh, here are the shoes! Take them back to Ricky and carry on where you left off! The qualifiers start soon, so there’s no time to lose!

Objectives: Go back to Ricky with your new sports shoes. He’s standing by the paddocks outside the Bulldogz clubhouse.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP, Jor-jitsu shoes

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Meet Ricky in the paddocks to the west of New Hillcrest, they are right outside of town.

ricky_winterwell

Hey, you took your time…?

Quest completed

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Meditation: Exercise for the Mind!

ricky_winterwell

What are you and Nathalie up to?

Ah you helped her with Lady before her lessons? That’s nice of you! Oh, she told you about the paddock at New Hillcrest? Well I suppose it was just as well that you found out.

Anyway, enough about the old days, we’ve got training to do! The qualifiers start soon and I need to get into tip-top shape for them. I think I’ve remembered all the ways of the horse thanks to our studies together with Summerblaze!

So change into your sports shoes and we’ll sit down and get started with a little meditation to clear the mind before we train.

Objectives: Start meditation and mental exercises with Ricky.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Ricky Winterwell

Ohmmmmm……

ricky_winterwell

There we go! I feel focused and ready to go! Don’t you?

Quest completed

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The Way of the Horse: The Brush

ricky_winterwell

Okay, so Nathalie’s already told you a whole lot of stuff about Master Lucia and Epona Kai, so you’ll know that the focus at Epona Kai is on the way of the horse. If we just watch a horse in action, we’ll see that it will run from danger, preferably in a herd. That’s why we’ve got the best defense tactics in Jor-jitsu, nothing can break through them.

I thought we could start with one of those techniques, and it’s “the brush.” I’ll try my best to show you what to do so we can train together. “The brush,” simply means that you brush away the enemy or their attack. It’s really easy.

Just imagine that you were brushing Summerblaze, but instead of having a brush and a horse, you’ve got somebody trying to attack you.

Come on Rita, let’s get brushing!

Objectives: Practice “the brush” as part of learning the way of the horse with Ricky.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Ricky Winterwell

Brushy, brushy, brush.

ricky_winterwell

That was a great start! We may as well move straight on to the next technique.

Quest completed

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The Way of the Horse: The Feed

ricky_winterwell

What? You think we should go a little more slowly?

Nah, why? That was really good, I remembered the brush. Don’t need to practice more than that, it’ll be fine as it is.

We can move on right away with a defense tactic called “the feed.”

Smart, Rita! You’ve got it already, just like you said, the feed works like you’re feeding a horse, just without any horse or any food.

Just try and copy me and remember to keep your arms up even if it feels like you’re getting cramps!

Objectives: Practice “the feed” with Ricky.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Ricky Winterwell

Feed the invisible horse invisible food.

ricky_winterwell

Haha! Looks like you started to cramp up a little there Rita. You’re a natural though, everything’s going so quickly!

Quest completed

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The Way of the Horse: The Hoof Pick

ricky_winterwell

You don’t need to be worried Rita. Why would we need to go over this more than once? If you get it kind of 80% done the first time, then that’s enough I think. It’s only the qualifiers after all, and it’ll all go perfectly now that I’ve remembered all the techniques of the way of the horse; nobody’s gonna be able to touch me! Haha!

The next technique we’ll look at is the hoof pick. This isn’t a defensive tactic like the others, it’s an offensive move that makes your competitor completely confused. Sometimes they even just sit down because they’ve got no idea what’s going on, so get ready to be confused.

Haha, you already know how to do this: exactly what you’d usually do with a hoof pick just without a hoof pick or a horse.

Follow me and we’ll get going!

Objectives: Practice the “hoof pick” move as part of the way of the horse with Ricky.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Ricky Winterwell

Wheeeee….

ricky_winterwell

This is going really well! I’m remembering everything!

Quest completed

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The Way of the Horse: The Mucking

ricky_winterwell

Remember when I told you that Master Lucia made me spend weeks in a stable during my school break just so that I could muck out and tidy up?

She did that so that I would be able to learn one of the key techniques, one of the hardest, called “the mucking.” It took years for me to learn, so don’t be too sad if you don’t get it right away.

The mucking technique can be done in many different ways, just like ordinary mucking can be done in different ways, am I right?

You’re wondering how many different ways you can shovel manure? Haha, the possibilities are limitless Rita! You can throw it up in the air and try to catch it with a wheelbarrow, or you can pile it all up into a big mountain of dung, or you can… Uhhh, why are you looking at me like that?

Let’s start with the mucking instead. Come on Rita.

Objectives: Train the mucking techniques as part of the way of the horse with Ricky.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Ricky Winterwell

-sings- “Just shovelin’ shit over my shoulder!”

ricky_winterwell

A good start, but you clearly need more practice at this. Like I said, it took me a pretty long time before I nailed it. 

Quest completed

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Chips Diet = Best Diet

ricky_winterwell

Wow, I don’t think we need to train any more for now. I’m pretty tired actually. What do you think about having a few moments of meditation and then we can call it a day?

You think we need to train more? Pfft, take it easy. Didn’t you see how well it was going for me just now?

Nah, we’ll meditate a little now and then I’m gonna go home and prepare for my diet.

Didn’t I tell you? I’m on the chips diet now. Chips are from potatoes, and potatoes are vegetables and salad is made of vegetables, so my chips diet is basically the healthiest thing ever. Plus, there’s always salt in there too and you need salt in your body if you’ve been sweating during all these workouts. It’s up there with the best, most healthy diets.

However much you keep nagging about eating a varied, balanced diet of little bits of everything in moderation, I still know that my diets are better than your crazy fad.

Enough of that now though, let’s cool down with some stretches and meditation.

Objectives: Cool down from the training session by meditating with Ricky.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Ricky Winterwell

Wow, no wonder you lost. Your winner attitude is super lame.

ricky_winterwell

Nice training session Rita! Thanks!

Quest completed

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Me and My Chips

ricky_winterwell

Now I’m gonna get home and relax with my chips. I’ll probably see you later, now it’s time to get ready for the qualifiers!

Here’s a training vest for you that you can use whenever you want to train a little extra. Oh, and the shoes… They’re working out okay, right?

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP, Jor-jitsu shirt

Reputation: 10 with Ricky Winterwell

Well I guess this is where I leave you to your ‘best diet.’

ricky_winterwell

Have a great day! See you soon!

Quest completed

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