Horse & Writer: The Definitive Guide to Accurately Depicting Horsemanship in Your Novel or Story by Victoria Rouch

Horse & Writer: The Definitive Guide to Accurately Depicting Horsemanship in Your Novel or Story

byVictoria Rouch

Kobo ebook | February 1, 2017

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All too often, authors rely on Hollywood stereotypes to describe horses and horsemanship. But those stereotypes can be wrong, and mistakes can be costly if a publisher passes you over for sloppy research or readers dock you review stars for mistakes.

With this guide, authors will not only get horsemanship descriptions right the first time, but glean information useful in enriching scenes and boosting word count. 

What This Book Contains:

Diagrams and description of horse anatomy, and why it matters to your writing.

What is required in the maintenance and feeding of a horse? Learn what your character would have to do as a horse owner or caretaker.

Information on breeds and how to match them to your fictional riders. Would a cowboy ride a thoroughbred? Would a Highlander ride a Fresian? Learn why breed knowledge matters.

A full description of tack, including saddle and bridle parts, and even harnesses, with clearly labeled diagrams. Learn how to properly describe the saddling a horse. Learn the different types of saddles - English, Western and sidesaddle - and their variations. Learn how the bit and bridle work together to steer a horse.

A description of the different styles of riding. English and Western styles are vasty different. Learn how, and explore the disciplines in each style of writing.

The mechanics of riding. How does one steer a horse? What does it feel like to gallop? How can you stop a runaway horse? How does it feel to jump a fence? How do you drive a horse? How do you drive a team of horses?

What is it like to take a fall from a horse? What causes horses to throw their riders? Learn the details of why riders fall and what it's like to hit the ground from someone who knows.

Did your fictional horse go lame? Learn to understand and describe the different types of lameness in horses in a believable and accurate manner. The book also covers hoof problems and horseshoeing.

 Learn about common equine illnesses, from colic to choke to founder, and how your character can treat them.

Access a detailed list of equine professions for your fictional character.

Additional online resources for continuing your specialized research.

Need inspiration? There's even a chapter full of writing prompts for horse plots and horse-scenes.

Title:Horse & Writer: The Definitive Guide to Accurately Depicting Horsemanship in Your Novel or StoryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 1, 2017Publisher:Victoria RouchLanguage:English

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