Let's talk horses. They're absolutely indispensable in certain genres. Whoever heard of knights in shining armor jousting on foot, or cowboys jogging into the sunset? Problem is, it's difficult to write accurately about characters who deal with horses when I've never ridden a horse in my life. So, I'm opening this thread to improve my "horse sense". I know a lot of AW members own/have ridden horses, so perhaps they could provide information which can't be found in a library. If anyone else has horse questions, please feel free to add to this thread.

Thanks in advance for any replies!

I'll start. I've got questions about using a horse or mule as a pack animal. If you're loading a horse, how do you put the stuff on the horse so you don't hurt the animal? What if you have bulky objects like boxes? How much weight is acceptable? I'm guessing at least as much as a rider, perhaps 150 to 200 pounds? How will the horse react if you try to overburden it?