Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Horses and Humans - What a Friendship!

I adore horses. I mean I'm heart and soul in love with them. My grandparents owned a farm for many years and boarded horses. When I was young, I'd spend an entire month every summer on the farm. I couldn't wait to wake up in the morning, grab a quick breakfast and spend my entire day with the horses. My cousins and I had our pick of which horse we wanted to ride for the day since they all needed exercise. Grandma had one rule: We had to ride bareback (with a blanket). She was afraid the horse would spook and we'd catch a foot in the stirrup and be dragged to death. Silly Grandma. The closest we came to anyone getting hurt was when we were racing across a pasture and my cousin's horse stepped in a gopher hole. Tossed to the ground, he came out of the melee with a broken arm (my cousin, not the horse).


10 Things That Make Horse & Human Relationships So Unique

    1. Horses Are Family Oriented
    2. Horses Can Read Human Emotions
    3. Horses Can Show Emotion
    4. Horses Can Literally Impact the Human Heart
    5. Humans Have a Natural Respect for Horses
    6. Horses Can Help Humans Improve Physically
    7. Horses Can Help Humans Develop Emotionally
    8. Horses Can Help Humans Recover From Trauma or Disability
    9. Humans and Horses Have Been Friends for Thousands of Years
    10. Humans Naturally Identify With Horses

I'm always reading about horses, often from other countries. Here's an article I stumbled on about the Marwari Horse. I hope you enjoy learning about them.  

Marwari Horse

The Marwari Horse is native to the Marwar region of India. It was the war horse of India's elite Rathore warriors. With its long history as a warrior horse, it is adaptable and agreeable in a variety of rugged environments. In the desert, its smaller frame (standing about 14.3 to 15 hands) and light weight help it negotiate uneven and soft desert sand. Most noticeable are the ears with their unusual lyre shape which often appear to meet at the tips. This horse is noted for its exceptional hearing, allowing early warning of impending danger.

It is also famed as a bejeweled dancing horse of formal ceremony and celebration. A strain of the breed, the Natchni, is reputed to be born to dance. Its grace and beauty are in high demand at ceremonial events.

Gray is the most coveted color and demands the highest price. Bright Bay is also very desirable. Albinos are only allowed for religious ceremonies. Chestnuts are a sign of outbreeding and not accepted. Black is undesirable and considered ominous. Piebald and skewbald are allowed.

The Marwari is a very enduring, strong and competitive breed. It is suitable to be used in sports. It is most commonly used in dressage and endurance riding. It is also used as a driving horse in carriages. Its aristocratic disposition makes it ideal for use in various ceremonies including weddings and royal events. It has a very smooth gait and is suitable for leisure riding.

Since I write a lot of western romance, you'll always find a horse or two between the pages.

Comes An Outlaw, Book 1

When a tragic accident claims her husband's life, Jesse Santos must find a way to keep the ranch, the only home her 12-year-old son has ever known. The ranch hands have abandoned her, a gang of cutthroat ranchers want her land and an ancient Yaqui Indian insists a spirit has taken up residence in the house.

After a fifteen-year absence, her husband's brother, Coy, returns to his childhood home. He doesn't plan on staying, and he certainly doesn't intend to settle down with a widow and her son…no matter how pretty she is.

He's an outlaw, after all, and made a decision to put an end to his gun-slinging days long ago. Will his conscience let him walk away from family, or will his heart overrule his head?


Comes A Specter, Book 2

Six months ago, Anya Fleming's ten-year-old son, Willie-boy, found his father hanging in the barn. Traumatized over his father's suicide, the boy hasn't spoken a word since. Now, Willie-boy has come down with a grave, unknown illness and there's only one man who can save him, Sutter Sky, a learned Blackfoot shaman known as Yellow Smoke—a shaman who was once deeply in love with Anya.

But Fate had other plans for Anya and Sutter—she was forced to marry Lewis Fleming, a cruel man who berated her night and day, and brokenhearted Sutter immersed himself in the mystical customs and beliefs of his People and became a shaman.

As if Anya didn't have enough to deal with after her husband's death and son's illness, an evil, sinister ghost is terrorizing their ranch. Anya is convinced the spirit is Lewis, who apparently isn't done making her life miserable.


When she turns to Yellow Smoke for help, will he put aside his bitterness and save Willie-boy? And can the renowned shaman dispel the powerful ghost from their lives and send him back to Hades?

Comes A Specter

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope to see you soon!

 

 




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