I am a historical novelist seeking some advice or another opinion. I'm hoping someone can help me. My novel's time period is the Late Roman Empire. I have a scene in my romantic historical that takes place in the month of December in Gaul (France). My hero and heroine go riding together and on a impulse decide to race their horses to a point through a wood.
I am not a stranger to horseback riding, but I'm not a seasoned rider. I have an acquaintance who owns a horse and rides more and who read this chapter and told me people who know horses will not run a horse in the winter because of the effect of the cold ground on their hooves and the air on their lungs unless of course, they have to run for their lives. She thinks I should have my horses walking not racing. I also have the hero lifting my heroine from her saddle onto his afterward to kiss her. <g> My friend says not likely that this would be very difficult, which may be very true. I've never tried it. LOL She thinks they should dismount, each hold his horse's reins, then kiss.
I really like the "romantic" aspect of this scene and hate to give it up, but I don't want people thinking how absurd that they are riding like this in the winter. If one knows as much as I do, it would be missed but if it is too "Hollywood" and not true to possibility, then I will change it.
Can anyone comment on this situation or give some advice? This forum is really nice. I'm glad I found it. I've read some threads and enjoyed some of the pictures posted as well. Thanks, Cinzia