Two Horse Writing Tips: barn tour and common vices (2/2)

One of my horse trainers once told me that horses are like giant three year olds trying to figure out how they’re going to die and she was absolutely right. Horses are curious creatures and like to test the limits of things, including themselves. This can lead to some terrible habits, especially when bored. Here are common vices that are very popular with the equine crowd.

  • Rubbing their tail and/or mane—Penny’s had a few flings with this. To do this, a horse backs up their butt to a wall and rubs their tail against said wall. This causes the hair to fall out and it is apparently very entertaining to give oneself a haircut this way. For the mane, the horse sticks their neck between the pipe corral bars and rubs between them to make some lovely bald spots form.

Penny's rubbed out tail. See that bald spot? Nooooooooooo Penny why Penny’s rubbed out tail. See that bald spot? Nooooooooooo Penny…

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About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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