cuddyclothes (cuddyclothes) wrote in little_details,

Learning To Ride Sidesaddle/Medically Induced Cardiac Arrest

Hello, wonderful people! Yes, I am still working on THE STORY THAT WILL NOT DIE, and now I'm getting into the nitty-gritty of the last part. Thanks, everyone, for all of the great answers about rebellion, poison, coitus au cheval, etc.

My latest questions:
The hero has a badly damaged right thigh which causes him considerable pain. He has not ridden a horse (except hanging on by a leather strap, as someone helpfully pointed out here) due to the leg being weak. I want him to ride sidesaddle. The design of the sidesaddle has the right leg inside and the left leg doing most of the work, as I understand it. (Googled a number of sidesaddle sites, mostly under "riding sidesattle.) For some reason, I can't grasp the mechanics of it. And there is no time in the story to make a reverse sidesaddle. And besides, would that be worse because it would make the damaged leg work harder? Assuming he'd ridden before his injury, how long do you think it would take him to learn to ride sidesaddle?ETA: There is no reverse sidesaddle in the story. 

So far, the story has a lot of poisoning in it, all arsenic. The Prince Regent has to be murdered by medical means, and I'm stumped, because all I can think of is poison. I don't know enough about the human body to know how someone could be killed using medical knowledge. Being strangled, etc. is not an option, because I really want it to be a doctor who kills him medically.  I thought of deliberately inducing cardiac arrest.  I went to and Google.  Search terms were "heart attack homicide", "medically induced heart attack" (which only brought up heart attacks and medically induced coma) and "chemically induced heart attack," None had the information I needed, which is, how could a doctor c. 1850 induce cardiac arrest as a method of assasination . It has to be relatively quick.

Thanks in advance!

Tags: 1850-1859, ~animals: horses, ~medicine: historical, ~medicine: illnesses: heart problems, ~medicine: poisoning, ~travel: pre-modern overland

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