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post #1 of 24 Old 12-09-2012, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Help with Children's book - horse accident

I'm a writer of children's books, and I'm currently working on one which has a subplot about horses. I was wondering if someone could help me with a plot problem I have.

I'm need a scene in which a teenager plays a prank (which he believes will be relatively harmless) but which results in a horse having an accident which looks extremely serious (falling to the ground?)

Could you suggest something which (a) a child might think would be harmless but which would (b) cause a nasty looking accident? And what would the accident be?

The thing I thought about was marbles on the ground, but I'm not sure that would work.

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To tell you the Truth, I would hope no one dreams up a scenario about Playing a Prank on a Horse where the Horse gets hurt.



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First thing in can think of is getting caught in a wire fence, or tangled badly in something. Could possibly occur when the horse was spooked by something the kid did, either intentionally or unintentionally. Sometimes when that happens it is just a quick untangling then they are free. Other times, it is a huge ordeal having to cut the fence off the horse, sometimes needing to practically sit on the horses head to keep it from thrashing, and it can cut the horse up pretty badly, or cause strains/sprains or even broken bones(for both human and horse). Sometimes they sit still and wait for you to come get them. Sometimes they fight for their life and hurt themselves. There are many ways you can go with this.
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The idea is that the boy playing the prank does not intend for a horse to get hurt -- and in actuality, the horse is not hurt -- there is just a moment in which it looks like the horse has been hurt.

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I'm need a scene in which a teenager plays a prank (which he believes will be relatively harmless) but which results in a horse having an accident which looks extremely serious (falling to the ground?)

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The idea is that the boy playing the prank does not intend for a horse to get hurt -- and in actuality, the horse is not hurt -- there is just a moment in which it looks like the horse has been hurt.

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Somehow I did not read it that way

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To tell you the Truth, I would hope no one dreams up a scenario about Playing a Prank on a Horse where the Horse gets hurt.

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I doubt the intent would be to harm the horse. How many times has an ignorant child hurt a horse while completely unaware that their actions would have caused the negative result. Barn games. Forgetting to shut a gate. Getting on the horse and acting crazy. Kids are crazy, stupid, and reckless sometimes.

For some reason, I have noticed that people will get a kick out of spooking horses. They jump up and down and be scary, and the horse runs away, snorting and acting "silly". Some people find it very amusing.
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Thanks for the suggestion. I was kind of hoping to have this all happen in the open, on the front lawn of a stately home... although if I can't come up with something that would work there I'll have to change that.

Can a horse fall without hurting itself?

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Before I was born my grandfather was visiting my dad and they were looking for an open place to set off firework. What's more open than a pasture? Great idea to non-horsey people.

Horses spooked and ran my grandad over, but he was miraculously unharmed. Maybe you could use something like that.
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A firework is a rather good idea. I can see a teen thinking that it would just scare the horse (especially one with not much experience of animals), and not anticipating what that would mean.

When you say it "ran over" your grandfather, what do you actually mean? The horse trampled on him? And he was unhurt?

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An avid reader myself, this sounds interesting. Joe - can you give us a bit more back story, some setting insights, what age are the children that are your target readers?

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