Lately, I’ve been thinking that many Icelandic horses are treated like ponies—and so the energy level drops. They become docile, like dogs, and just shuffle along. It’s important then, for people to see and treat them as animals who are up for meeting big challenges. Our trip last summer reinforced this idea in my mind.
There is considerable hardship in War Horse – less so in Raudi’s Story. But there’s some. She’s willful, and I’m an inexperienced owner, so we, ahem, have our moments. It will be interesting, after this is done, to return to my version of the story, and see how the two differ.
I’m going to explore publishing Raudi’s Story as an ebook. Self-publishing is starting (I think) to be considered a possible option for upper and mid-food chain writers. I might also attempt to publish Road Songs: Essays on Exploring New Zealand by Bicycle as an ebook.
Time spent writing takes time away from being with the horses. And time spent being with the horses takes time away from writing. The horse/writing relationship IS synergistic – I just fail to see it on days when one or the other is neglected.
Next: 86. 3/3/12: Animal Teachings