November 14th, 2011

Riding and skirts

Setting: medieval-ish fantasy.
Searched: "divided skirts for riding", "riding astride in a skirt" (which found me this article), "can you ride a horse in a skirt" (found me this Yahoo! Answers question) and similar searches.

I have a female character (aged 15-16ish, if it matters any). She's a fairly proficient rider, although I'm guessing she's somewhat out of practice (rode regularly until age 12-13ish, then lost the ability to do so due to lack of a horse to ride on, has been riding regularly again for a few months at this point in the story).

My question is -- I've gathered from my searches and articles that riding astride in skirts is possible (the Wife of Bath did so, for instance), but for the life of me I can't figure out exactly how it'd work. How exactly would she mount up in a skirt without showing everybody her legs or worse? Would she need help to mount up or would it be something she could do by herself? How would the skirt be arranged? Or would she be wearing a divided skirt (if those even existed)?

Also -- how much would riding sidesaddle rather than astride affect your control of the horse? (I know already that my character would hate it like hell, but the more I know about the differences, the better.)

I'm going to have her riding in trousers soon enough, but while she's stuck in skirts, I'd like to know what I'm talking about or at least sound like I do. :P

[edit] Thanks to everybody who answered! I've got what I need now.

[ANON POST] Dismissal of US Military Officer

Time: c. 2003
Location: Afghanistan / (US)
Question: I want to have a major in the US military dismissed while serving in Afghanistan. On what grounds could he be dismissed (and by whom and where?- sent back to the US?), what would the procedure be like, and what would be the repercussions in his life after military service? (would he go to prison, would his papers give the reason for dismissal, what would another veteran feel towards him and his military service?) In canon, he was shown to be someone who would disobey a direct order, if that helps.

Terms Searched: US military officer dismissal procedure / dismissed, UCMJ (read the relevant sections but hard to figure out the procedure), court-martial, general court-martial, read several lawyers' pages about overturning a dismissal but not very relevant

Treating an axe wound, wound healing with sunburns

The setting is a fantasy world, though modern medicine is available.

A humanoid character - female, physically around 18-19 years old, tall and rather skinny - gets a double-ended axe hurled at her from a fair distance, which promptly lodges itself in her shoulder. It kind of slides out afterwards because she kind of, um, melts (fantasy world...), but when she reforms the gaping axe wound is still there. The axe hit the trapezius muscle from the front, and the resulting wound is five inches long and ranges from half an inch to an inch and a half deep.

What would be the best way to patch that together? I thought about sutures and staples, but the trapezius is a muscle that gets a lot of action in daily life so I'm not sure which one would harm future movement less... also, how would one keep the arm locked in place to prevent unnecessary movement that would harm healing?

Also, let's add another variable - the girl got severe sunburns (second degree burns) the same time she got the wound. How would that affect healing?

I've looked up wounds - appearance, treatment, healing etc., surgical suturing, staples, sunburns, regular burns... I've also looked up "axe wound" and "ax wound" but all I got was naughty slang. :P