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Tag Archives: horses
I think this will be the final installment of my series on horse travel, and it’s about the care of the horse on the road. Horses are among the small number of mammals that cool themselves by sweating. As such, … Continue reading
Continuing my series about travel distance for horses, here are a few more details regarding long-distance travel on horseback (or by horse-drawn conveyance). What is the best gait for long-distance travel? A solid working trot. While this is not the … Continue reading
Last week I talked about how far a horse could go at a high rate of speed before becoming exhausted and requiring a two-hour rest: 10 miles. So how far can a horse go in a full day? It depends … Continue reading
One of the classic questions fantasy writers ask about horses is, how far can a horse travel in a day? The answer is complicated, and I hope to address it over several blog posts. The reason it’s complicated is that … Continue reading
I’ve been working on a fantasy romance novella featuring two magical archers competing against one another in a tournament, and also solving a mystery involving a poisoned racehorse. I wrote several of the introductory scenes, and then I got to … Continue reading
Ancient people engaged in a sort of arms race with war animals. An army on horseback was better than an army on foot, and then armies started showing up with camels or war elephants, both of which trumped horses, which, … Continue reading