Casting Horses in Fictional Worlds

Nicholas C. Rossis

I found this excellent post on horses on Dan Koboldt’s blog. It is part of his weekly Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy blog series, where he tackles one of the scientific or technological concepts pervasive in sci-fi (space travel, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, etc.) with input from an expert. Be sure to join his mailing list to be notified every time new content is posted.

His post on horses was actually a guest post, written by Rachel Annelise Chaney; a woman who spent her childhood inhaling every scrap of horse information she could find and riding every equine she could climb on. Since adopting an ex-racehorse, she’s ridden, trained or cared for everything from Thoroughbreds to Quarter Horses, Drafts to Arabians, Warmblood jumpers to Paint barrel racers. A reader and writer of SFF, Rachel currently languishes in the Eternal Pit of Revision. You should follow her on Twitter

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3 thoughts on “Casting Horses in Fictional Worlds

  1. I usually fall off my chair laughing over author’s attempts at writing horses into their fiction. Most haven’t been within a hundred yards of a horse yet think by reading an equine reference book they’ve got the subject sussed. And those who rode for an hour at the weekend as a child might know the basic aids to use but still lack a real depth of knowledge of horses, they won’t know the difference between spooking and napping, sweet-itch and ringworm, and have absolutely no idea how a stallion behaves in the vicinity of a mare in season.

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