Welcome Debbie Costello & a Give Away!

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!


20160301-IMG_2003-2Thank 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.

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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.

Facial Markings

Moving on to saddle and riding apparatus. I had to use my boy Trigger again for an example. He’s such a good boy!

saddle parts

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 websiteBlogFacebook Google + and Twitter

Shattered Memories

Shattered Memories

Olivia Macqueen wakes in a makeshift hospital, recovering from a head injury. With amnesia stealing a year of her memories, she has trouble discerning between lies and truth. When her memories start returning in bits and pieces, she must keep up the charade of amnesia until she can find out the truth behind the embezzlement of her family’s business while evading the danger lurking around her.

Doctor Drew Warwick frantically searches through the rubble left by the Charleston earthquake for the lady who owns his heart. He finds her injured and lifeless. When she regains consciousness, the doctor’s hopes are dashed as he realizes she doesn’t remember him. But things only get worse after he discovers she believes she’s still engaged to the abusive scoundrel, Lloyd Pratt. Now Drew is on a race with the wedding clock to either help her remember or win her heart again before she marries the wrong man.  Amazon

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69 thoughts on “Welcome Debbie Costello & a Give Away!”

    • Hey Faith,
      Thanks for coming over. Love my horses. Not an expert by any means but love doing the research on them. :o)

  1. This is great info. My 6 year old has been learning all about this in the club she’s in. She is a horse fanatic!

    • Oh my goodness! I so understand your 6 year old’s obsession. My daughter is and so is my 5 year old granddaughter. When I’m over to their house in the evening and she’s getting ready for bed she always comes in to show me her PJ’s. She says I always wear my horse pajamas when you are here because I know you love horses. LOL.

  2. I am one of those people who knows nothing about horses. I have never had the opportunity to spend any time around any. So this post was educational for me.

    • Hey Janine,
      Oh my goodness. If you ever get a chance to visit a horse farm you will love it. The animals are so intelligent and loving if they are treated well. The most relaxing thing we do is ride our horses.

  3. About the only thing I know about horses is that they are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing so much information about this beautiful animal.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    • You’re welcome, Cindy! I can’t get enough of our horses and neither can my hubby. We have to be away from home right now and we miss our boys so much! It’s amazing how attached one can get to these 1200 pound animals!

  4. I always get so confused by the different types of horses. My daughter works on a horse farm and loves to gift us all with her knowledge! I just ask her now if I need to know something. LOL
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Wow! Your daughter is a lucky girl! I’d have loved to do that growing up. That’s great that you have a living horse encyclopedia!! I will tell you we are learning something every day with ours. It is like a never ending fountain of knowledge that has to be learned! In some ways they are a complicated animal.

  5. Hi Debbie……Welcome to P&P! We’re thrilled to have you visit and with such great information. I get totally confused by horse color. But I notice you don’t show a roan and those confuse me most of all. My cowboys ride a lot of buckskins and Appaloosas. I think they’re just beautiful horses. And I know the spotting on the Appys can be quite varied. But I tend to steer away from roans because I just don’t know. Anyway, love your blog! Great stuff.

    Wishing you tons of success with your books! Shattered Memories sounds so good. Thank you for coming.

    • Hello Linda! Thank you so much for allowing me to come on P&P! How fun this is!! I did forget to put the roan color! It’s really a very simple color to remember because it can be ANY color! But what makes it a roan is the white hairs intermingled with the color. So a chestnut roan would have white hairs mixed with the chestnut hairs all through the body, But the head, lower legs, mane, and tale are the solid color. Hope that helps!

  6. Growing up in the age of TV westerns, I guess I learned more than I thought I would have. Maybe that and having a neighbor with horses. Interesting post.

    • Hey Eliza. I love the old westerns, Gunsmoke, Lone Ranger, The Rifleman, Cheyenne. Great shows. My horse’s name is Trigger. Bet that sounds familiar. ;o) I love to learn about these beautiful animals. Now if I could just remember everything I learn!! Thanks for coming by!

  7. I’ve been fascinated with animals all my life and horses seem so magnificent. Thanks for all the pics and info 🙂

    • Thank you! It was a lot of research, but a fun book to write with all the history in it.

    • They are fun to watch. My Arabian kept losing his halter and my neighbor got a picture of my Tennessee Walker actually pulling on the new one right above the buckle!

  8. I love to learn about them too, Anne. They are really amazing creatures. God’s magnificent creation.

  9. welcome, and very interesting post,,i love horses always have,,had a pony as a girl,,my daughter and now my granddaughter are huge horse fans too,,they are a majestic animal

    • I don’t know how a person can’t love horses! LOL> But then I’ve been a horse lover since I can remember. The first picture I remember drawing was a horse.

    • Thank you for coming by and good luck on the giveaway. I’m glad you enjoyed the information. I love to talk about horses!

  10. From one Debbie to another, I love horses two and found this interview very interesting and informative. Keep up the great writing and I will continue to read great books.

  11. So enjoyed your post. I love, love horses. I do not own one but it does not hurt to dream:). Thank you for the post and the opportunity to win one of your books.

    • Hey Mary!!! I love to meet a fellow horse fanatic! Yes!!! Dream away! Dreams do come true. It took us over 20 years for our dream of horses to come true. It’s never too late!

  12. I love to watch horses, but I confess that I don’t know much about them. This is good information to have when I am reading about them. Thanks for the information and giveaway!

    • I’m so glad it gave you some information you can use! Good luck in the giveaway. Thanks for coming by.

  13. Wow! I could really have used all of this horse info back in the days when I was reading every Walter Farley book ever written!!! Shattered Memories sounds like a great story. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

    • Hey Pam. LOL. Sorry it is too late! I’m glad you like the premise of SHATTERED MEMORIES! Good luck in the giveaway.

  14. Now that is a wealth of interesting information about horses, They sure are majestic animals!

    • I do agree! I can’t wait to climb back in the saddle. I miss riding so much. Not much longer though. Yay!!!

  15. During our years of owning a horse and the years prior when my daughter was taking riding lessons, I discovered that horses can have personalities bigger than their bodies. 🙂

    • LOL! That is so true!!! Our Arabian, Remington is a perfect example. He’s the smaller of our horses but he is a mess! His trainer told us that Remington will never be a Ford, he will always be a Maserati. But he is a very sweet boy.

  16. The book sounds like a good read. Thank you for the pictures
    & information on your horses. My 10 year old greatgranddaughter is very much in love with horses! 🙂 She’s taking lessons on how to ride, how to care for her horse, & learning all of the information you gave above. Her horse is 20 some years old & was a rescue horse. Of course we are very proud that she is doing well & loving ALL the joys & work that goes along with being a good rider.

    • How wonderful, Jean! That is really great that she’s learning about care for horses at such a young age. My granddaughter is 5 but loves horses and I hope to be able to teach her. Right now I’m working on her NOT walking behind a horse that doesn’t know she is there. LOL. And that is so awesome they saved a horse. :o) A lot of those rescues make wonderful horses.

  17. My 21 year old daughter LOVES horses and my other daughter at the age of almost 18 is an aspiring writer, so it was fun getting to know more about Debbie and her passions. Shattered Memories sounds so intriguing and is definitely on my TBR book list! I can’t wait to read it!! Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!!!

    • Hey Alison! I wish your daughter the best in her writing. That is so wonderful that she is starting young. How fun that both your daughters have something in common with me. I hope you get a chance to read SHATTERED MEMORIES! Good luck in the giveaway.

  18. My 21 year old daughter LOVES horses and my almost 18 year old other daughter is an aspiring writer, so it was fun to learn more about Debbie and her passions. Shattered Memories sounds wonderfully intriguing and is on my TBR book list. I can’t wait to read it!! Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!!!

  19. Thanks for the beautiful pictures of the various horse types and colors and markings. Fascinating! I’ve always loved horses. They are such beautiful creatures. Enjoy them with love.

    • Hello Whitney. Another fellow horse lover. But what is not to love about them! Thanks for coming by. Good luck in the giveaway.

  20. I know I’m late for the drawing, I still wanted to comment. I love horses! Growing up I owned a horse he was all black no white and he was half Morgan and half Welsh. He was called a pony horse which I loved because I could enter him in pony class and some horse class at the horse show. I board him on a little farm down the lane behind our house. I worked the farm to pay for his board. I first learned how to ride at friends house not far from mine at the age of 6. I rode a Shetland pony named Sparky and bareback. Learn how to ride bareback first then the saddle will be a cinch. After that I got to ride a big I mean big quarter horse name Pawnee. I always helped out with the work on the farm because I was riding their horses. I loved baling hay, we always had a great time. I got my horse at the age of 9 and by the time I 11 yrs old I was riding for a stable jumping their horses in horse shows. I loved riding English saddle and jumping, wasn’t into western, barrel racing. The stable had me riding different horses and in horse class at the show. Back then I could ride any horse they put me on, I didn’t weight nothing and the horses flew over the jumps, lol!! I had a different friend she horses that I use to ride with sometimes, but it took about an half hour to ride to her house. She owned a Tennessee Walking horse but she boarded at a stables in next state from us. We live in Illinois by the Mississippi River and across the river is Iowa where she boarded the horse. She let me a couple times ride it and I loved it with the different gaits. Now for the past 4 yrs after some 40 yrs I’m back to riding. The place I ride is about an hour away. I started back for horse therapy because I’m disabled for the past 11 yrs and I found this place that would let me ride. After a couple months of watching me, now she lets me ride on my own. I have to pay for an hour but that’s ok with me, I get to ride again. I go on trail rides or just outside riding around. I’m so excited to be back with the horse!

    • Donna! I am so happy for you!!!That is so awesome that you are back riding!!! Isn’t it so relaxing? I always wanted a Shetland pony. I heard they can be a stubborn animal. Is there any truth to that? I’m afraid I never learned to ride bareback. I think its too late for me! LOL. I like the security of stirrups and a saddle horn. ;o)

      • Hi Debbie! Yes Shetland ponies do get stubborn. Sparky had a hole in his windpipe, get cantering after awhile he would make a sound that’s hard to describe. If he was in one of his stubborn moods he would make that sound just walking. He did that so we wouldn’t ride him. Out in the pasture he would sometimes chase and bite the other horses. He even did that to their cow too. He was mean! I use to ride my horse bareback all the time. It’s never to late to learn how to ride bareback! My legs are weak so my balance to ride bareback now has some work to do first I have neuropathy/nerve damaged, I’m disabled , was bedridden for 2 yrs because of illness. But the lady where I ride said anytime I want to ride bareback I can. I would be riding in the indoor rink. If I feel like I can’t do it, I’ll get off and put the saddle on and try again some other time.
        I forgot say before when I rode for the stables, I would ride each new horse they wanted me to jump bareback first. That way I could feel the horses movement, every muscle and if they spook easy and at what they spooked at. The stable owners never seen anyone do that before. I think that’s the best way to know the horse. Try it, you might like riding bareback.

  21. Hi Debbie, Welcome to P&P. Thanks for the info on all the horses. My sister, had a Black horse, Midnight; he was awesome…many hands high. She enjoyed riding him & spending time going to our State Parks & camp grounds to ride with a group of friends. I rode with her once it really is a lot of fun, but; a horse is also a lot of work.
    Thanks for a chance to win one of your books.

  22. Hey Lois. thank you! We love going for trail rides. A national park near us is one of our favorites. Horses are a lot of work but when you are horse crazy the work really is a lot of fun! I just love being around them so the work just doesn’t feel like work. :o)

  23. Great post, wonderful info on horses. They are amazing animals. I would really love to read “Shattered Memories”. Charleston SC is one of my favorite cities and would like to read about the great earthquake from the 1800’s.

    • Hey Dianne, I hope you get a chance to read SHATTERED MEMORIES. I love Charleston, too. Such a beautiful city. The history behind the city is so rich. Thanks for coming by and good luck in the drawing.

  24. Thanks for an enjoyable and informative post. I always wanted a horse, but never did get one. I have had the opportunity to ride several times. It was OK, but I think I enjoy reading about it more.

    • Forgot to mention that SHATTERED MEMORIES sounds like it will be a good read. I do enjoy Westerns and Medieval stories, but a good story is worth reading not matter the sub-genre.

    • Hey Patricia! I do have a medieval out called SWORD OF FORGIVENESS. I hope you get a chance to read it. I’m working on the sequel now. And there is of course lots of riding horses in it. ;o)

  25. Debbie, I am sorry to be late to the party…family gunk going on…but I love this post I volunteer at the local horse rescue and just love anything equine. For this suburban beach girl, this post is like the holy grail. So glad you had a good time here in Wildflower Junction!

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