odd phrase

There’s a phrase that goes something like, let the horse have his head. It means (I think) that you let the horse decide where to go and lay off on the hee and yaw and giddyup and all that hey-I’m-the-human superiority stuff from up there on your driver’s seat.

I hope that’s what it means. Otherwise the image that comes to mind is rather bloody, in a Godfatherish, Ichabod Crane kinda way.

So at any rate. This character of mine has been very cranky and wanting to go climb into somebody’s bed. Mostly she was stopping herself by rationalizing the itch away as something not only inappropriate, but dangerous. Well, yesterday she got her way. It took two thousand words of letting her have her head, but things are moving.

Another example of how the subconscious rules the writing mind.


3 Replies to “odd phrase”

  1. That is what it means to say “Let the horse have it’s head.” We usually say it when we are about to let them run really fast. You want them to have their head when they are running so they won’t trip.

  2. You also say it when you’re thirteen, been out riding all day, and are just the teensiest bit lost, but you know the horse knows the way to the barn. :)

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