Monday, July 15, 2013

30 Days of Giveaways ~ Day 15

Wow, halfway through our month of giveaways already!! How did that happen? LOL. We've had lots of winners already (most recently Kelsey Shade Perkins and bn100!), and just as many still to come! Remember, every day I'm doing a drawing for Ring of Secrets, book 1 in the Culper Ring Series, to celebrate the release on August 1 of book 2, Whispers from the Shadows.

And if you're new to my books, you can get a free taste! Fairchild's Lady is a free novella that comes chronologically between books 1 and 2, but which is a stand-alone. So download it today to see if you like my style!

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And our bonus prize this week is this beautiful Tea Light Garden by Elements. The drawing for that will be on Friday.

And now for your regularly scheduled program. ;-)

Word of the Week - Roughshod

 Ever wonder where the phrase "to run roughshod over" something came from? Apparently it's a pretty literal expression.

Back in the 17th century, "roughshod" was what they called a horse's (ahem) snow tires. LOL. When weather was bad, they would leave nail heads protruding from a horseshoe to it could dig into and break up the snow and ice. So a horse was literally shod with a rough shoe. Makes all the sense in the world, doesn't it?

And yet, I don't think I'd ever really paused to wonder where it came from...

So in honor of our equestrian friends, your question of the day is:

Have you ever ridden a horse? Did you like it?

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  1. YES I have ridden horses before but I haven't done it in over 25 years. The first time my Aunt took my sister and I riding at a stable where you could rent horses and ride on the beach. That really didn't work out so well. The stable hands gave me a horse named Boogers. It took us an hour to get to the beach and when we got there, Boogers decided he wanted to roll in the sand but he didn't wait for me to get off first LOL. I was able to jump off in time but it scared me too bad to get back on.Needless to say that Boogers lived up to his name. :p My aunt walked with me back to the stable and led our horses. My sister kept riding but her horse tried to bite my Aunt. The horses got back to the stable in half the time it took us to get to the beach. Yah, quite an adventure LOL. My next time riding a horse was much easier though we only rode in the paddock at a friends house. I would love to have the opportunity to ride again someday. As long as my horse ISN'T named Boogers. :p

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  2. I never knew that! So cool! I have sat on a horse but never actually ridden one. I really want to but the one time I had a chance was during a youth retreat but I ended up getting sick the first night and having to come home.

  3. Ive ridden a horse and was very scared
    God bless you

  4. I don't know if it actually qualifies as "riding" a horse. My best friend in school lived on a farm. They had one very old horse. We used to sit on it together and just go for a walk. Nothing too adventurous.

  5. I have only ridden a couple times and it's just not my thing. lol

  6. It's been many years since I've ridden a horse, but I have done it several times and enjoyed it!

  7. Yep. Friends and I used to enjoy going on trail rides (with a guide) at one of the state parks. The horses basically just walk, but every now and then, the horse would slow down enough for a gap to form in the line, then trot a little faster to catch up. Always fun. Unfortunately, my hubby is highly allergic to most animals, horses included :(

  8. Yes I have ridden horses. One of the activities at my old church camp was to go horseback riding. The horses that I rode there were called Chief and Big Red. I also used to live between two horse farms and we my family and I would walk down to them and feed the horses carrots. Once in awhile the owners would let us ride some of their horses. One day I had a pick between two: A calm one, and one that was for the most part calm but could get very cranky. I don't know why but I chose the second one and ended up getting bucked off. Needless to say that was not fun, but I still love horses!

  9. Yes, I love horseback riding! I haven't gone in a while, though. There's a stable not too far from my house where you can rent horses and ride on a local trail, and it's a lot of fun.

  10. I have never ridden a horse, I'm scared of them.

  11. I have ridden a fair share of horses and at some point fallen off nearly each one, and so I confess to a bit of distrust that extends even to leading other people around (given that at least two cousins and a friend have been unseated under my watch by what is normally a well behaved mare). When bridles and lead ropes aren't involved, however, we get along nicely, as I am willing to curry favor by scratching tummies and smuggling bruised apples.

  12. Good morning, Ms. White!

    Not only have I ridden in the past, but I fully intend to jump back in the saddle, as I have aspirations of taking up Dressage! It's a very forgiveable sport, where you can enter at any age you desire! I truly miss the connection between horse and rider the most! It's such a lovely experience, and there is something to be said for riding out in nature, with your favourite mount as your guide and companion! :)

    If I had previously known about roughshod my older self has long since forgotten! I used to know a heap of trivia, factoids, and infomation about breeds, horse training, etc! One favourite bit of motion picture has always and will always be: horse dramas!

    Happy Monday!

  13. In the past, I have gone on a few "trail rides" with highly trained, very calm horses that just followed a guide along a trail. I really enjoyed those experiences, and would love the opportunity to learn to really ride horses. Maybe someday!

  14. I have ridden a horse and I loved it! I've always been scared of the so when I first got on I was terrified. The scariest part is when the horses shift their weight, I always feel like I'm going to fall off!

  15. I have not ever thought about where that word came from. It was an interesting post. Thanks!

    I have ridden horses before. I enjoy it a lot. I took lessons for a while but have not in over a year, unfortunately. It's just too expensive. What about you, Mrs. White?

  16. I haven't really ridden a horse except for pony rides when I was a kid. I loved it and would love to learn to ride some day.

    How about you? Do you ride?

  17. I have ridden a horse a few times and enjoyed it, but it was always on a guided horse ride.
    I did NOT know about rough-shod--interesting factoid--thanks for sharing.