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What is horse dancing?
I got asked about this on Facebook. Horse dancing is a relatively recent tradition that exists in south and central America, especially in Mexico. It's similar to the dressage movement the piaffe - the horse is trained to trot in spot. The difference is tha...
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What is a burro?
A burro is an ordinary, standard sized donkey in most of the western United States. It's the Spanish for donkey, but expanded beyond Spanish (as did some of the American terms for horse colors). There are some "wild" (feral) burros in the desert southwest. ...
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Why do we park a car?
Because, of course, we used to park a horse. A long time ago, horses were taught to "park out" - to stand with the hind quarters behind them. This was done when you needed the horse to stand, because it was harder for them to move rapidly from that position...
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What is a hobby horse?
These days we sometimes refer to a person's fixation as a hobby horse. Or, of course, a "hobby" - now the common English term for a preferred pasttime on which a person spends an inordinate amount of time. As I mentioned in another blog, a "hobby" was origi...
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What is a dark horse?
You might have heard the term "dark horse" for somebody who unexpectedly rises to prominence or suddenly comes under scrutiny. It's a racing term, used of a horse that doesn't have a good record - and thus is very hard to bet on. When a dark horse wins, of ...
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Why is racing over fences called steeplechasing?
The term actually originates in Britain and Ireland. The first races were run over open countryside, with horses clearing whatever obstacles were in their path. They were intended as a test of hunters - in fact, in the United Kingdom amateur steeplechase mo...
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Hugos, Puppies, and the Aftermath
Yes, I'm a little late weighing in. I didn't take my computer on vacation (for reasons that have a lot to do with US customs policies). But I'm going to weigh in. First of all, I'd like to address a complaint I've seen that the Hugo Committee should have di...
Yes, I'm a little late weighing in. I didn't take my computer on vacation (for reasons that have a lot to do with US customs policies). But I'm going to weigh in. First of all, I'd like to address a complaint I've seen that the Hugo Committee should have discounted the "obviously political" No ...
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I've never given the Hugo's any credence and now I can safely put them out of my mind forever
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Are donkeys more likely to have twins?
Yes. And the twins are more likely to survive. (This is also somewhat the case with mares carrying mule foals). There's even been five recorded cases of mares producing twins where one was a mule and the other a horse (because she was thought to be "open" a...
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What is a muleskinner?
The term "muleskinner" is often used of somebody who drives or works mules. One possible etymology is being good enough with a whip to injure a mule (ow) - but this seems unlikely as mules don't literally have thicker skins than horses. It's more likely tha...
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The term does not generally imply abuse when used by actual horse people. Mules take slightly different handling, though, and SOME people think beating them is the way to do it. That's not true, but... (My personal experience with mules is limited, but they have many advantages over horses for certain uses and climates).
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Why do we say "straight from the horse's mouth"?
It's another racing term. When looking for information on a horse's form, you might want to get to a source close to the horse itself, such as the trainer or, sometimes even better, the groom that looks after the horse. Thus, a tip that came straight from t...
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Why are people long in the tooth?
Because old horses are. Horses have open rooted teeth that grow through their lives. (Some old horses will outlive their teeth - at which point they really need special food so they can gum it properly). So, the saying "long in the tooth" originally referre...
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What is a "spavined" horse?
A spavined horse is a lame one, especially a permanently lame one. The term has an interesting origin. It's actually French. When a horse has a bad hock injury or bad arthritis in the hock, their gait behind starts to resemble that of a hopping sparrow. The...
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If you want freelance writing work done, go to my website. I do SEO writing, ghost blogging, proof reading and script work. My best subjects are pets and animals, including horses, writing advice, fitness and travel. I will also rewrite your own material and improve the written content on your website. Copy editing and proofreading services are also available. Rates are on my G+ page (Jennifer R. Povey Writer)

If you want to read cool fiction, go to my website. Some of it is even free.

In politics, I consider myself an independent. I am in favor of marriage equality, feel government should stay out of our bedrooms and our doctor's offices, and believe welfare should be a safety net not a fish handout. I do not identify as either a liberal or conservative.

I am British by birth and American by choice.

I ride horses. I occasionally hug trees. I think science is cool and technology can solve our problems.

I read voraciously, but mostly science fiction and fantasy. I role play, but I do not roll play.

I believe in humanity and I believe in the divine. However, I am *not* a Christian. I am a Druid and Asetru, so my theological arguments may seem odd to some of you. I believe in moving forward as a civilization to a new equilibrium with the world and the universe, not backwards to the 'good old days'.

I dislike racism, sexism and homophobia, but I value differing opinions. I dislike arguments but love debates. I place a high value on respectful disagreement but will cheerfully block trolls and assholes. I have strong opinions and I voice them freely.

Note: I post GLBT oriented material regularly (but I do not post pornographic material). Some of the links I post may be to horror fiction, in some cases fairly extreme. Not everything I post would be considered suitable by all parents. You have been warned.

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Multiple short story credits. First novel fall 2013.
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