Originally Posted by farmpony84
also something that might help you is that the gestational period is 11 months. You might want to throw something into it about injury to some of the horses, (if you have several studs and mares in one place someone is going to get hurt!) LOL...
This is actually encouraging to hear. It will play into my story very well. I wasn't aware that the gestation period is 11 month, I thought they were 9 months the same as a human. But for my book that's not going to matter.
The story begins on the Horse Farm. It's a breading farm, but had also been a crop farm at one time. So it could be used for both purposes. Cathy (my heroine) is only 12 at the time. The horse farm actually belongs to her grandmother and she's just visiting with her parents and sister.
It's Cathy's dream to someday own a horse farm like her grandmother. Cathy leaves the farm with her sister and parents to return to the city where they live. But as they leave there is a terrible accident. They crash with a tractor trailer and both of Cathy's parents are killed. Her and her sister survives. The tb horses that were in the trailer escape from the accident and run off into the pastures of the farm.
There is a lot of commotion and Cathy's grandmother is totally incapacitated with grief and concern over the accident and rushes off to the hospital with the two surviving girls. In the meantime, back at the ranch, the tbs are raising havoc with the draft horse mares. The hand hands are finding it impossible to gain any control over the situation and it's total chaos.
That basically ends that whole era of the story. The whole story then goes off to be about Cathy and her sister living back in the city. They live there for about 6 years, until Cathy becomes of age (18). There are all sorts of terrible things that happen during that time. It's a miserable life in the city with no apparent way to escapee that horrid lifestyle. Cathy's sister is quite a bit older than her. She's addicted to heroin, involved in prostitution, and has plans to use her own sister Cathy as a source of income. Cathy is a bit naïve and doesn't know how to get out of the situation.
There are several turn of events. News arrives that her grandmother has died. This is devastating for Cathy. But her evil sick sister is almost elated because it means they will inherit the farm. Which to Cathy's sister means, money! She has plans on selling the farm for cash. And has a lawyer draw up the necessary papers. Cathy is quite innocent and naïve and doesn't know what to do. She feels trapped and hopeless. She doesn't want to sell the farm, she wants to move to it and raise horses. But her evil sister demands that Cathy owes her and they need the cash. She really wants it for drugs, etc.
Anyway, on the way to sign the papers they argue, and Cathy grabs at her sister pulling way her purse which spills out onto the street. Cathy's sister sees her heroin roll out onto the street and lunges after it and is hit by an oncoming bus. She end up in a coma (which she recovers from alter in the book). In any case, when Cathy is finally approached by the lawyer to sign the farm papers, she refused and demands to keep it and move into it. Everyone is trying to talk her out of it and tries to tell her that it just isn't possible. But Cathy's determined.
So she moves to the farm. Because she needs money, she has no choice but to sell the "good" horses. She's left with only the 5 half-breeds from the "accidental breeding" 6 years earlier. And this is where her story with the horses begins.
So I really won't need to worry about gestational periods etc. Cathy end up with 5 half-breed horses that everyone is telling her are basically worthless for breeding or farming. But she does use them for farming and she succeeds in that.
Of course, in the actual story there are love affairs and all sorts of other things going on. In fact, there a parallel story about a young boy who has ambitions of becoming a DVM. He had a crush on Cathy when she was 12, and he meets her again when she returns at 18, it's a bit older at 20 by then. So there's romance, tragedy, and it's laced with human interest stories of all these different characters, not to mention that even the 5 half-breed horses become 5 very special individual characters in their own right. The real focus
of the story is on Cathy's intimate and intense relationship with these horses which the reader will come to love individually in their own right. All the rest is just "fill".
Well, Todd (the boy who wants to become the DVM) is actually a whole story in and of himself going on parallel to Cathy's story. I guess it's no secret that they fall in love at the end. How could they not? They both have a very deep love of nature and animals.
So from a horse point of view, all I need is a story of how Cathy ends up with 5 very special half-breed horses that everyone else thinks are basically worthless (for breeding or farming). But Cathy proves them wrong and makes wonderful farm horses out of them. She, of course, has help from one of grandma's old farm hands.
So the horse part of the story will be believable then? That's really my only reason for posting here. I didn't want to write this story and have horse enthusiasts saying "No way!"