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Horse Writing Tip: Breeds

July 19, 2014

Well, first off, there are a lot of them. Here is the Wikipedia list of horse breeds and here is a fairly accurate website that has good pictures.

While I’m satisfied with these websites, I more heartily recommend going to the library and asking a librarian for a book on horse breeds. It will take less time. The book I have at home is Complete Book of Horses and Riding by Judith Draper, Debby Sly, and Sarah Muir. It has a whole section on different breeds, complete with pictures from multiple angles, physical description, the breed’s history, and interesting facts about personalities and accomplishments.

Like with dogs, different horse breeds have different stereotypes. Penny is quarter horse, and so people expect her to have a big butt, be easy-going, not scare easily, when she does scare to be very dramatic about it, be good at herding cows, and have small feet. Not all those things apply to her, as she’s not the most easy-going horse in the world (she gets all prissy and huffy when two people try to brush her at once. Please.) and is deathly afraid of cows, but others do (her feet are so small that it affects her physical fitness and ability).

A good introduction to these stereotypes can be found in this classic “how many horses does it take to change a light bulb” joke. Again, these are stereotypes, but you can jump off from them.

See you next week! I have the only slightly unrealistic dream of sending off queries to agents tomorrow, so next post will either be more horses or a literary agent search update!

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