A good story has to have horses. Beautiful, strong, smart horses. Horses that love the hero and heroine.
As a teenager, I devoured stories with horses. My favorites were the Black Stallion series. In the first book, an accident throws a gawky kid and a powerful Arabian stallion together.The love that develops between Alec and The Black is powerful and enduring.
When I wrote a novel, it had to have horses in it. Although the ancient Greeks relied on boats, the plains of Thessaly were home to magnificent horses. The hero of my first book turns to his beloved stallion to race against time and rescue his kidnapped sister.
J. R. R. Tolkien reminded us that horses cannot travel underground, so in the story, when the hero takes a path under a mountain to the edge of Hades’ kingdom, his stallion has to travel another route. Don’t worry; they are re-united for another adventure in the sequel I am working on.
Beyond the sequel, I am working on a story with centaurs, which will require a horse or two. The other novel I am working on set in modern day rural Ontario has a motorbike, but I’ll get a horse in there before I am done.