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        08-05-2010, 05:14 PM
    Writerchick - I read your question with interest - because as an experienced horseman I write about horses. Look up 'Joe the wonder horse' in the forum 'famous horses'.

    My suggestion is that you first write the articles and then you have a critique of the relevant horsey passages done by a knowledgeable horse person.

    Learning to ride "astride" would not be your mature heroine's only problem if in a modern day environment, she were to be given a 3yo mare to look after.

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        08-05-2010, 06:36 PM
    No, indeed, that's certainly not the only thing she needs to learn - it's just one small facet of the stuff she'll need to learn. It's only a starting point as everyone does have to start somewhere - it's fortunate that she has a patient teacher willing to help her look after the horse until such a time as she can sufficiently handle her on her own.
        08-05-2010, 09:21 PM
    This is kind of , but you said this was set in 1910, correct? TWH weren't very well-known outside of the US at that time, and the registry wasn't formed until 1935. They were mostly used as farm horses at that point. This is all according to Wikipedia, though.
    I can't really give you much advice, because I ride Western, but have you though of taking English riding lessons? It'd be great research and a lot of fun, too, and you said you liked horses.
        08-05-2010, 09:35 PM
    Indeed :) I found out both of these things when I was trying to research TWHs - and so I thought the idea of having a TWH in the plot was over (Originally I came up with the idea because of course she's older so she might prefer a gaited horse lol more comfortable - I found out that's one of the top reasons TWHs are reccommended for older people because they're more comfortable and less stress on that person's joints).

    So when I found out that the registry wasn't created until 1935 and etc I thought that plot idea was done. However, I also realized I had another character who came from the American south that likely would have seen TWHs and would know a little about them as he was raised in farm life, who also is an acquaintance of the gentleman who bought the horse so could then reccommend if he wanted to find a horse that was originally bred as plantation horses, used to carry people around their plantations etc. - that he check out TWHs - even though they don't have a breed registry. He's not highly concerned with getting her a registered horse - she doesn't want to do showmanship or anything.. he just wants to find her a very nice horse that will be the most comfortable for her to ride and provide her some companionship.

    I try very hard to solve all the plot holes so my work doesn't sound silly but thanks for bringing it up because if I hadn't have known I would have had a hairy problem to work through!
        08-05-2010, 09:38 PM
    Oh! I was under the impression that it was set in Europe, because you said she was of Europe aristocratic backround. I had no idea how she would've gotten a TWH. Don't know how I got that assumption! Sorry, I understand it now.
        08-05-2010, 09:48 PM
    It is, but not all of my characters are originally from there :) So I get some variety

    And I would -love- to take lessons. However, the closest place they would possibly be offered (and I'm not sure if they are offered because I haven't checked) is about 40 minutes away from me and an hour ahead now since Indiana moved into the eastern time zone a few years ago >.<

    Now that I go there to school at Indiana State you. I have to commute every day anyway but I don't think I currently have the money for lessons even so. Hopefully one day I will be able to take lessons though :)

    Good luck with your Western! :)
        08-05-2010, 09:50 PM
    I'm sorry you can't take lessons :/. Good luck with your book, though!
        08-05-2010, 11:07 PM
    I'm looking at it as... I can't take lessons just yet. But hopefully someday I will be able to :) And that keeps my hopes up.

    And thanks!

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