If this isn't the right place... can someone move it please? Horses are seen a lot in fantasy novels, but in other genres as well. It annoys me that while a lot of writers spent of time in researching things for the story, they often forget the horses. Not rarely someone who rides a horse will kick it to get the horse moving and pull the reins to make it stop. It does, however, not work that way. I have a horse and I know how to ride it (even though I'm not the best equestrian around). To get a horse moving you push with your calves against it side (and sometimes you use your heels)... you never kick! To stop your horse, you 'squeeze' it with your upper legs, sit deeper in the saddle and if needed put a little pressure on the reins BUT NEVER PULL!! Pulling hurts. Put a bit in you own mouth and let someone pull it! A lot of horses will try and run away from the pulling... so instead of stopping they will only go faster. A horse first reaction to danger is to run because that is how they survive. Not by fighting, but by running. Horses are generally not very brave. But they can be trained that they shouldn't be afraid of certain things. It's quite unbelievable that a 'normal' horse will come near fire without being extremely nervous. You can train the fear of fire out of it, but then they will never run from it again (so if the stable burns down, they chances they will run from the fire are very slim). So I wonder if this only annoyed me? And if there are people here who did do research about horses for their story or even get on a horse's back to try it out themselves?