A Fool But Not an April Fool

Work: PM1 groom & hosing/PM2 groom & equine obstacle course [combination walk & exercises]
Report: did all his exercises despite being in new locations.

Ramblings for the Day: I hold with C.S. Lewis on the subject of practical jokes, “Cruelty is shameful — unless the cruel man can represent it as a practical joke.” [The Screwtape Letters Bles 1942 Time 1981] Perhaps I am simply too literal for AFD. However in keeping with the spirit of the day, I offer an amuse tete (an amuse bouche for the head):

I took the reins in a firm grasp to show the horse I knew what I was doing. He turned his great head all the the way round, gave me a long, thoughtful stare, and turned his head away again.
“You have to let him know who’s in charge,” said Suzie.
“I think he already knows,” I said.

Not a horse book. The only other equids in the novel are animated by spirits brought up out of Hell. Still, one must give props for clever portrayal where warranted.
A Hard Day’s Knight
Simon R. Green
[ACE 2011, PB 2012]

In the spirit of foolhardy adventures, I have joined NaBloPoMo for April. “Just make the commitment to (1) blog daily for the month (nothing more to it than that!) and (2) to support your fellow NaBloPoMo’ers by reading a handful of the other blogs on the blogroll.”

The only different from what I do already is no chron jobs, which I had been scheduling on Tuesday evenings for Wednesday posts. However, I usually log on early Wed am to check that it worked. So, no substantive change there. The theme for April is Poem, which I will not be following as my appreciation of poetry stops at Jabberwocky [plain & fancy].

Can you name an accurate or amusing portrayal of horses outside of equi-lit?

2 thoughts on “A Fool But Not an April Fool

  1. i was reading a bad sci-fi/fantasy novel, i don’t recall the name. i was already getting ticked off about the author’s portrayal of horses, but when i came to “he jumped on his horse, pulled the reins tight and dug his spur’s into the horse’s side to make it run….” that’s the point where i literally tossed the book (a paperback, luckily) across the room. missed the fish tank by that much…

  2. I still think the leading contender for seriously illiterate is the Regency novel with a foxhunt where they send the Jack Daniels terrier (I kid you not) down the foxhole.

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