OT Horses was Re: Here's another question....
>Well, personally, although I can't speak for everyone, I don't mind all this
> AS. (gotta stop talking horses you guys...I'm enjoying this far too much.)
talk about horses, because while I write fantasy which often has horses as
an integral component, I don't know diddly squat about them, and quite
frankly I'm terrified of them, largely due to an ill tempered black brute of
a gelding who was constantly trying to step on my foot when I was leading
him around a ring when I volunteered (for a very short period) with riding
for the disabled. And he never got above a grudging walk anyway.
I mean, just what is spavined? And what is foundering and how does the poor
animal have the misfortune to suffer from this condition. How far can a
horse travel in one day at a walk? What about the courier horses that go at
a gallop (do courier horses go at a gallop?), how often do they have to be
swapped? And all that fancy bridle and halter and saddle stuff? And what
should you feed the beasties in the first place? See, lots of things that
often aren't considered by fantasies writer's but are quite important. One
of the things that amuses me about my own writing for instance is that the
main character is a mangy mercenary who, despite his apparrent poverty can
still afford a horse . .
Anyway, I'll shut up now,
Mere <the horse ignorant>