People keep sending me funny horse pics. I keep posting them. It works. As usual, if you know the original artist or website, let me know I so can give proper credit and a link back.
Yesterday marked Emilie’s first day with the rest of the gang in the main paddock. I sat down with my camera and kept an eye on everyone just in case fights broke out (they didn’t).
Emilie first sought out her paddock-mate from the last couple of days, little grey Cassie. Cassie wasn’t all that impressed.
After a while Cassie relented and accepted Emilie’s presence as long as they did not actually touch.
Emilie then decided it was time to explore the other end of the paddock and meet yearling Roxie.
Fortunately for Roxie, at least Snekja thinks she’s a baby and can get away with acting like one.
And for the last photo, Vanity decided to make silly faces.
The story I’m currently working on has been tentatively named, “The White Cat”. Unsurprisingly, there’s a cat in it (a white one, at that). Of all the things I thought I’d struggle with researching for this tale, I did not expect cat vision and cat psychology to be the biggest contenders.
Did you know that cats see the world in panorama-view? That they actually do see a hell of a lot better than we do in the dark? That they have absolutely crappy long distance vision?
This is what I love the most about writing. The process will send you researching the most bizarre factoids. Most of them you’ll never actually use. Some will be sprinkled around the story like little Easter eggs. I squeal like a fan girl when I read someone else’s story and realize that like me, they went on a nerdy research spree and slipped their research in between the lines, so to speak. When you can tell that the author may not have decided to use every tidbit, but what’s there is one hundred percent consistent and well researched. When the writing is confident, the author at home in his or her field. When you end up learning something.
A story works for me on multiple levels. Sometimes, a story is just a story. You read it, you toss it away, you forget about it, an hour or two well wasted and done with. Sometimes, you may not recall the story itself later but you remember the things you learned from it. A writer who can teach a lesson and tell a good story at once, that’s a writer who’s managing to balance lecturing, research, and storytelling.
Did you know that in the original Italian version of Cinderella, the benevolent fairy godmother figure was a cat?
Emilie’s long isolation is finally over. Today, she got to run around with Welsh Mountain pony Cassie and Shetland pony Prins in the outdoors arena. Do you think she enjoyed it? I think she enjoyed it. She started it, but Cassie finished it.
Videos by Caroline Frandsen at Ridecare.
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Finally! After first four weeks of complete box rest, and then four weeks of teeny tiny paddock alone, Emilie got introduced to space enough to run, and to the company of another horse today. Her life quality just improved 400%.
Things went pretty smooth on the whole. Emilie took one big bouncy gallop and otherwise kept quite relaxed.
Emilie really wants to be Cassie’s friend but Cassie thinks that Emilie needs to wine and dine her first.
We’re allowed to start Emilie very quietly on light work now too. She is not to carry a rider yet and we’re not supposed to ask her to trot or gallop (though she can if she wants to). So we have started on agility and clicker training to keep her little head busy.
And to finish off a nice day, grooming in the sun with hay.