Category Archives: horses

The Not-so-reluctant Traveler: Butch

As I do very little researching before I visit a place—it’s not because I want to arrive “tabula rasa”, but it comes down to my innate laziness—when I got to southern Utah I knew where we were going to stay … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover, Verse 2: The Bimbo Wears Black Leather

Bimbo, verse Two: There’s black leather on the bimbo in my book.There’s black leather on the bimbo in my book, While I’m sure she’s lot’s of fun, My heroine’s a nun Who wears black leather on the cover of my … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Dragons in the Earth by Judith Tarr

Dragons in the Earth by Judith Tarr

Claire is barely scraping a living on her friend’s ranch near Tucson, Arizona. She looks after the long-abandoned horse facility, makes occasional attempts to resuscitate her academic career, and pays the bills, more or less, with her skills as an animal communicator. Those skills don’t always let her say the tactful thing to the human with the checkbook. Sometimes she has to tell the truth. Continue reading

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Another Song of Ice and Fire

I’m in another Storybundle from now through September 8th, and as part of the fun (because these are very communal experiences), we’ve all been interviewing each other about our books and our theme, which is Weird West. For those who … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer at the County Fair

When mid-August rolls around, it’s time for the Northwest Washington Fair, a celebration of all things rural in our corner of Whatcom County. Growing up 4th-genertion here, I visited the fair annually as a child and later joined equestrian 4H … Continue reading

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Horseblog Q&A: Fear Factor

The last Horseblog attracted a great deal of commentary from the horse community, and as always happens when people are talking about scary things, the horror stories waxed horrific. Amid all this, author Pamela Dean commented, I had a question … Continue reading

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Ow: Equestrian Edition

Actually not the horse kind. The human kind. This week, I asked fellow writers to ask questions about what they want or need to know about handling and living with horses. Writer and artist M.C.A. Hogarth responded with a great … Continue reading

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Why the Horse?

It’s interesting to reflect on the animals that humans have chosen as frequent companions–or that have chosen humans. While we’ve kept just about every possible creature as a pet, status symbol/zoo animal, or beast of burden, a select few have … Continue reading

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A Stallion in Spring

I’m down with the Venusian Death Plague here, and it’s Horseblog time. What to do? Why, Horseblog Classic, of course! As it happens, spring never fails to liven things up around here, and what was true three years ago is … Continue reading

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Further Reflections on Animal Intelligence

I’ve been pondering animal intelligence for a while, as you may have noticed. The raft of new studies that demonstrate how much smarter animals are than humans have thought, actually just back up what any observant person can see for … Continue reading

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