Please join us in welcoming Debbie Costello to the Junction today! Debbie will give away a copy of one of her books–Shattered Memories or Sword of Forgiveness–to one lucky reader. (Signed print book in continental US; ebook in other locations.) Let’s all say howdy to Debbie!
Thank you for having me on your blog today! I’m excited to be here. And though I haven’t published any westerns (yet) all of my stories whether medieval or 19th century have horses in them. I love horses. They are my passion as well as my husbands. So since I don’t have any westerns published I thought I’d share some things about horses today.
Have you ever been reading a book and the writer gives you a description of a horse that means absolutely nothing to you because you don’t own a horse or have ridden one? Sometimes we as authors have done so much research on a subject we talk about horses like everyone should know what we mean. Before my husband and I owned horses, much of the equine talk meant absolutely nothing to me. I’m still far from an expert! I learn things every time we are around our trainer or friends who were brought up on horses. Today I thought to give you a quick lesson on horse colors, facial markings, saddle equipment, and age terminologies.
Something that I didn’t know until I started searching for pictures is that according to geneticists every horse starts out either a chestnut or black which are the two base colors. The Bay color is when the Agouti gene (it can produce the black pigment on the mane, tail, lower legs, and ear tips) works on the black. The large range of all the other coat colors are created by additional genes’ action upon one of these three coat colors. This is a bit over my head since science is not my strong point.
I’ll start with the base horses. The first picture is a Black (obviously). And if you’re interested in breeds, this is a Friesian—beautiful horses.
And the colors go on and on.
Facial markings are another description often put in books. I’m only going to use the ones that are frequently used.
Moving on to saddle and riding apparatus. I had to use my boy Trigger again for an example. He’s such a good boy!
Bit – metal piece that goes in horse’s mouth. There are several kinds. Snaffle, curb, straight, etc.
Blanket- This goes under the saddle and gives cushion between the horse and saddle.
Bridle- Head gear that holds the bit in the horse’s mouth.
Cantle- back roll of the saddle seat. Nice to hold on to in a gallop!
Girth- This is the thick strap that goes under the horse and holds the saddle onto the horse.
Gullet- The area under the pommel.
Halter- There is no halter on Trigger but a halter looks much like the bridle except it doesn’t hold a bit. It is used a lot when doing ground work with a horse.
Horn- The knob that rises on the front of the saddle. (Another great thing to hold on to!)
Pommel- The roll on the front of the saddle that the horn is attached to.
Reins- The long ropes/leather straps hooked to the bridle and used for steering the horse.
Seat- The place where you sit.
Stirrup- The place to rest your feet and they do help keep you in the saddle.
Tack- Equipment used for horses.
Riding a horse bareback truly takes skill. You have nothing to keep you on the horses back except for your leg muscles, stomach muscles and balance.
And last is the termonology for the different ages of horses.
Colt- A male horse under the age of 4.
Filly- A female horse under the age of 4.
Foal- A male or female horse less than a year of age.
Gelding- A male horse of any age that has been castrated.
Mare- A female horse four years or older.
Stallion- A male horse four years old or older that has not been casterated.
Suckling- A nursing foal.
Weanling- A foal tht has been weaned.
Yearling- A male or female horse that is between the age of one and two years old.
Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, She and her husband enjoy camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses. Visit Debbie Lynne at her website, Blog, Facebook , Google + and Twitter
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