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Tag Archives: horses
I think this will be the final installment of my series on horse travel, and it’s about the care of the horse on the road. Horses are among the small number of mammals that cool themselves by sweating. As such, … Continue reading
Continuing my series about travel distance for horses, here are a few more details regarding long-distance travel on horseback (or by horse-drawn conveyance). What is the best gait for long-distance travel? A solid working trot. While this is not the … Continue reading
Last week I talked about how far a horse could go at a high rate of speed before becoming exhausted and requiring a two-hour rest: 10 miles. So how far can a horse go in a full day? It depends … Continue reading
One of the classic questions fantasy writers ask about horses is, how far can a horse travel in a day? The answer is complicated, and I hope to address it over several blog posts. The reason it’s complicated is that … Continue reading
I’ve been working on a fantasy romance novella featuring two magical archers competing against one another in a tournament, and also solving a mystery involving a poisoned racehorse. I wrote several of the introductory scenes, and then I got to … Continue reading
Ancient people engaged in a sort of arms race with war animals. An army on horseback was better than an army on foot, and then armies started showing up with camels or war elephants, both of which trumped horses, which, … Continue reading
I mentioned in a previous post that in the Middle Ages, women riding sidesaddle were perched rather precariously, could not control their own horses (someone else would lead the horse), and could not ride bouncy gaits like the trot and … Continue reading
Are you writing a fantasy novel with a strong heroine? Does she ride horses? Depending on the time period you’ve chosen and the details of your world, your heroine may be riding sidesaddle. So what exactly can a sidesaddle rider … Continue reading
When I rode Arabians in Texas, we sometimes galloped them. The “hand gallop,” it was called–a gallop “in hand,” under control but just barely. I came in off the bridle path from such a gallop once, exhilarated, my face flushed … Continue reading
Continuing on a horsey theme, what is the primary purpose of the saddle? Most assume it is to provide the rider with a more comfortable and stable seat, and that is true to an extent, but it also serves another … Continue reading