UNLESS THE HORSE IS THE FAMOUS MR. ED!
Do you remember the television show about the talking horse, Mr Ed? The beautiful palomino caused nothing but trouble for Los Angeles architect Wilbur Post as poor old Wilbur tried to conceal the horse’s talking talent from his wife, Carol and the rest of the world. Snarky Mr. Ed would only converse with Wilbur, someone he believed to be of equal intelligence! This show ran for 144 episodes and spurred the creation of other “thinking out of the box” TV shows, like My Favorite Martian, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.
Horses have always fascinated me. As a young girl born in New York City, I certainly never saw a real horse until we moved to California. I had visions of ranches and stables and old west towns, but the suburbs we moved to lent little to my dream of forging into the Wild West and one day owning a horse. Now, I guess I live vicariously through my westerns, often giving my horses a personality of their own. Certainly the hero and/or heroine’s relationship to their horse has always been prevalant in my stories.
Descriptions of horses sometimes aren’t clear, so I’m putting a face (and body) to their markings and colors.
Thanks to The Book of Horses and Horse Care, by Judith Draper, here’s a look at markings.
A horse’s colors are also hard to define:
Sorrel – a light red chestnut
Grey – A mixture of black and white hairs throughout. The coat varies from light to very dark.
Bay – Reddish coat with black mane, tail and points. The color may vary from red to brown to yellow.
Other colors include liver chestnut, dun, dappled gray , spotted, cream and many more.
In Taming the Texan, my very alpha hero has one weak spot — horses. He’s a horse-whisperer per se and we only see his softer side when he works with the spirited animals. Clint’s passion for one wild stunning palomino was an ongoing theme in the story. A man and his horse has forged its way into many a western.
Aren’t horses the most glorious animals? Do you love horses? Have you ridden? Or if you’re a city girl, do you like reading stories that incorporate man/woman/and horse? What’s your favorite horse story? Tell me true. I’ll be sending a signed copy of my brand new release, Taming the Texan to one lucky winner.