Back in November, I copied a post from Nicholas C. Rossis’ blog, in turn reblogged from Dan Koboldt, about casting horses in fiction. I subsequently followed Dan’s blog and a while ago he added a further post on the subject, which I’d like to share with you now, as it made me nod my head frantically in agreement.
How to Write Horses Wrong: 8 Red Flags
covers some of the very topics that make me cringe when I read them in books, or see them on the screen
Now Dan’s blog doesn’t allow for reblogging, so I’ve copied the opening, and linked to the rest of it. If you are even considering including horses in your writing, I highly recommend you click on over there and read this article before you make any of the heinous mistakes I see so often…
The Expert: Rachel Chaney
Rachel Annelise Chaney spent her childhood inhaling every scrap of horse information she could find and riding every equine she could climb on. Since adopting an ex-racehorse, she’s ridden, trained or cared for everything from Thoroughbreds to Quarter Horses, Drafts to Arabians, Warmblood jumpers to Paint barrel racers. She recently wrote a wonderful post on matching horses to settings, uses, and characters.
A reader and writer of SFF, Rachel currently languishes in the Eternal Pit of Revision. You should follow her on Twitter. Send coffee. Ignore frustrated screams.
So you’re writing a book with horses in it and want to write the equines right.
Fantastic! Maybe you’ve already done some research, watched a lot of movies with horses or read horsey books.
I’ve got some bad news.
Nine times out of ten, those movies and books are teaching you bad information. The same errors get passed down from movie to movie, book to book, with the creators blissfully unaware of their horse-knowledgeable audience groaning in despair. But you don’t have to follow in their mistake-ridden footsteps!
You want to write your horses right? Watch out for these 8 Red Flags found in fiction.
Carry on reading HERE