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Tales of Equine Transformation sorted by Author
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Yvon S Hintz
T C Lin
Eric Schneider
Jon Sleeper
Bob Stein

The Knight's Steed by Bucephalus 20/7/2012
Alex longs to be something more than the mediocre non-person he feels himself to be. When a mysterious voice offers sympathy and a way to realise his dream of heroism, he has little idea what is in store for him...

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Perfect Sympathy by J.B.Burro 29/3/2011
A mistreated horse wishes her callous owner could just understand what he is putting her through.

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All Change at Wamble by Destrier 30/6/2012
A surreal tale: Bob is the postman for the changeable town of Wamble, but he has a dream, if only he can get a Ticket for it...

The Arrangement
A young man unwillingly marooned on Circe's island with a mob of lager louts makes a deal with the sorceress to avoid sharing their fate.

Beast Dance
Whilst on a round-the-world charity ride, a traveller and his mare are invited to participate in a strange dance in a remote African village.

Beta Test
You've seen morphing programs or their results, from Michael Jackson videos to Deep Space Nine. Polymorph Pro beats them all!

Boston Schneider and the Last Lost Legend
Searching for the Ultimate Knowledge of Life, the Universe, and how to change himself into a donkey, our hero tracks down the long lost ruins of... Pleasure Island?

Boston Schneider and the Riddle of the Sphinx
What walks upon four legs in the morning, two at noon, and three in the afternoon? Boston Schneider, intrepid adventurer and wouldbe-donkey, knows the answer, but it's not the one the Sphinx was thinking of!

Boston Schneider and the Temple of Groom
Our intrepid wouldbe-donkey has a close brush with fate.

The Bravest Test Of All
Every hundred years comes the Year of the Horse, when the Sri-hi transform the strongest, fastest, most virile man in the village into a plains stallion, the highest of honours. Joh-hi is surely the perfect candidate, if only he can pass the last test...

Captive Lover
Never seek to become a horse for sexual gratification. A cautionary tale with a wry twist!

An old theory says that when an artist or writer creates something, it actually happens somewhere. I got to wondering what might happen if this were true?

The Centaur's Daughter
A retelling of the fate of Ocyrrhoe, the daughter of the centaur Chiron. The original story (from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book II) is here retold by Ocyrrhoe herself.

A hiker learns too late that Epona's Circle isn't just a circle of stones. It's a circle in Time.

Chastising Lon
A shape-shifting faerie sees a way to teach a cruel and unscrupulous horse-dealer a lasting lesson.

The Circus of Delights
When he visits a shabby street circus in Camden, John becomes absolutely obsessed with the exotic equestrian performer, Mirabeau. He'll do anything if it means he can see her again.

Not a transformation story as such; this is a little sci-fi tale of infiltration and deception.

Derby Day
It's a joke: a young man runs a few yards along the race-course at Epsom, just so he can tell his friends, 'I ran at Epsom on Derby Day'.

Do It Yourself
A mini-sequel to Hell Hath No Fury, this teaches the folly of making smart-alec jokes when there are witches about.

The Donkey File
A photograph is innocently misfiled under Transformation/Donkeys with unexpected results.

Donkey Soda
A sweltering day in Boston, MA. So nice of that old man to give Eric a can of Pleasure Island soda...

The Escape
The plan to raid the Sh'vrie Vault has gone badly wrong, and now Kesh and Silvidrana have an entire clan of angry Sh'vrie on their heels. Silvidrana persuades Kesh to use the Wild Magic and it seems they are saved, but Kesh isn't so sure...

The First Horse
One man in all of Creation is unhappy: he envies the beautiful unicorns that live side by side with his own race. He wants to be one, and he begs the Creator to tranform him into one. He is told this isn't possible, but that there might be an alternative...

Forest Magic
On a cycle ride in England's New Forest, a drink from a woodland stream has an unexpected effect.

Gift Horse
Josh agrees to look after a striking green-eyed stallion and his mares, but when local disappearances begin and an equal number of strange new mares appear in the stallion's herd, Josh begins to get suspicious.

Hell Hath No Fury
Elizabeth was fouly tricked into wearing a cursed ring that transformed her into a mare. A benevolent witch restores her to humanity, and now she wants revenge...

The Importance of Pronunciation
A carelessly pronounced wish and some very literal Chinese magic produce some very unfortunate consequences for cockney businessman Richard Boyce.

An Irish Tail
A slightly altered version of Tom Lehrer's classic Irish Ballad. You know the one: 'About a maid I'll sing a song...'

A Knock on the Head
Have you ever has the nagging suspicion that shape changing ought to be really easy, if only you knew the secret? Inspiration strikes a young man after a sharp knock on the head...

Life Ain't Easy for a Boy Turned Mare! by Destrier 28/3/2012
Something Johnny Cash might have written if he'd been an equine TF fan...

The Loose-Box
All the horses in the stable have human names, neatly identified by the plaques on the doors to their loose-boxes. Then a stable worker finds a mysterious empty box with a blank name-plate where none was before...

The Magic Button
Believe it or not, I actually read this story at the age of seven in a school reading-primer: um, Rainbow Readers I think it was. That was a long time ago, but I've always remembered it, and this is the rewriting of it.

Magii Games
Finrael is being coerced by Lord Kevron to infiltrate a rival wizard's stronghold using her revolutionary shape-shifting magic. Is there a way to save both herself and Kevron's quarry, and what might be the price?

Men in Grey
Suppose there was an organisation responsible for making sure Reality takes place as planned: auditors of Creation. Suppose a hiccup had occurred, and you were actually born to the wrong species..?

The Most Magical Place in the World! by Destrier 27/2/11
Acting on a whim, Bob visits Disney's Animal Kingdom. An interesting conversation leads to an astonishing job offer, and an amazing secret.

This is a tongue-in-cheek poke at the Nativity story. No offence is intended to the original.

Off the Rails
If you've ever travelled by train, you'll know that some of the excuses for delays can seem a little far-fetched. The truth can be far stranger though.

The Pembroke Gate
Christmas is a lonely time of year and Sara is a lonely person. Hoping to break the mood, she tries a riding holiday in Massachusetts. A solo hack on a very independent mare, and Sara will never be lonely again...

Petshop Exotica
A love-sick youth is completely unable to make an impression on the unicorn-mad girl he's fallen for. There's only one thing she wants...

Playing Horsie
Martin gets a kick out of playing Horsie with his young daughter Jennifer. Then she persuades him to wear a rope halter that 'the witch' gave her, and the game becomes rather more real than Martin had foreseen...

The Power of Voodoo. Who do? You do !
A little girl plays at turning a corn-dolly into a corn-donkey. Meanwhile, her elder sister starts to feel a little strange.

The Same Old Gifts
Socks. Bath salts. The usual Christmas gifts, well meant, but seldom appreciated. Perhaps you shouldn't take them for granted...

Schrödinger's Horse
'Black Project' Midas goes wrong. Instead of using a macro-quantum effect to turn an orbitting sample into gold, a young man on earth finds himself undergoing a bewildering transformation.

Second Chance
A train driver is returning some empty stock to the depot when, during an unexpected fog, he is side-tracked, quite literally! Offered a life in another reality as an alternative to an imminent crash, he jumps at the chance, but not in quite the manner his saviour had anticipated...

Signs of Change
Four mini-stories suggested by signs. We have a bovine transformation; a donkey; a horse; and even a pig.

A Stallion's Kiss
Cerrans are horses apart. They're the steeds of mages and legend says they're descended from Unicorns. When one comes to Miss Tieburn's Riding School, Shenti and Kessi are awe-struck. A childish dare has unexpected consequences.

The Strange Abduction of Dr Bob
Dr Bob is abducted by aliens. They're pretty benevolent, but they're non-corporeal, which causes a bit of a language-barrier.

The Test
If you want to become a mage, you must pass the test of the High Council of the Tower. Those that fail are never seen again. But Timbrell isn't going to fail...

Tongue-Tied by Destrier
Against his sister's advice, Daniel tries out a transformation spell, and finds it is no more difficult than speaking a short cantrip. But the adventure turns sour when he discovers a slight impediment to speaking the return spell.

The Trouble with Ashley
It would be wise to humour Ashley. There's something about this strange, self-possessed little boy: something about his toy rabbit and missing Aunt Sara; the farm's pig he calls his brother. But Jason isn't wise and he really hates that stupid TV program that Ashley is obsessed with: 'Harry the Horse'. Well, he was warned...

Wish You Were Here
Horse-drawn caravan holidays with a difference: you pull the caravan! A postcard from a perfect holiday...

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The Housemaid's Lament
Suppose during a certain fairytale, Cinderella didn't fancy the Handsome Prince, but the Coachman instead? What's a poor fairy-godmother to do?

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Ballad of the Virgin Bride
A young lord seeks a perfect, virgin maiden to be his bride, and to this end acquires a unicorn. He just can't find the right woman though, and eventually realises he's missing the obvious...

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All the King's Horses
When a peaceful kingdom is invaded, it becomes evident that their cavalry can win the day for them - but the enemy know that and there's a desperate shortage of suitable horses in the realm. Time to ask help from the Mages' Tower!

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The wife of a horse vet is accidentally injected with a prototype equine steroid: a life-changing event in many ways.

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Happy Valley
Shiu Wai's libido gets him into trouble when he boasts to a mysterious woman of his prowess in bed...

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A spell gone awry has dire consequences for a young magic-user!

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Possibilities with Bob Stein
A masterpiece! There's a nasty secret festering on the Pratchett Sisters' broken down farmstead. Innocent travellers are being transformed into horses, but that's the least of their problems!

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White Knight with Bob Stein
Mallory Greene makes the mistake of falling in love with Sir Arthur Baron's young wife, Isold. For punishment he is transformed into the stallion, White Knight. But Mallory's transformation is but a step in Baron's dark design, for he is seeking to snare a Unicorn using Isold and Mallory as bait.

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Bottom Up
Andy Parker has uncovered a seemingly incredible Hollywood secret. It seems that only one person is actually responsible for almost all the great movie-creature makeup, while others have taken the credit. And when just asking about that person gets him fired from his job, he wants to know more.

Circe's Funhouse
Four youths trespassing on a funfair by night, stumble across a unique collection of sideshows which seems to have opened specially for them. All of them seem to have a strong animal theme...

Emperor of Exmoor
Part of a story exchange between Bob and I. This is actually a red deer transformation, but an excellent story nonetheless.

The Good Samaritan
Mike saves two Clydedale mares from a potentially nasty accident and their owner invites him to visit their stable. Little does he suspect the amazing reward to offered him.

The redoubtable Mr Schneider gets a little more than he bargained for when he tries a little too hard to get a photo of the racehorse "Mouthpiece".

Night Mares
A man wakes up to find himself transforming into a fine black stallion, and his room fading into another world. He's been granted a choice: live as he was, as a human, or adopt a new life as a horse.

The Other Side of the Fence
When Matthew stops to pet a friendly mare at the side of the road, he thinks nothing more of it than befriending a beautiful animal. Then a strange woman arrives and urges him to climb into the field and stroke her properly. And then it all gets a little strange...

The Path
Geoff explores a path he's never walked before in an area he thought he knew well, but soon finds himself in pastures new. VERY new!

The Perfect Job
James thinks he has it made on Haskin's Planet. The colonial contract obligates the colony to pay his way until "suitable employment" is found for him, and James is very, very good at being unsuitable. He figures he's made for life, until they call in a Circean Mage...

A bit of soul-baring from one of the Masters of Equine shape-shifting fiction.

Possibilities with Eric Schneider
A masterpiece! There's a nasty secret festering on the Pratchett Sisters' broken down farmstead. Innocent travellers are being transformed into horses, but that's the least of their problems!

True magic is found in Tradition: long-practiced rites honed to power by generations of ceremony. Russ gets an old African woman to show him the magic that will turn him into a zebra, but tradition is more than just a shape-shift...

White Knight with Jon Sleeper
Mallory Greene makes the mistake of falling in love with Sir Arthur Baron's young wife, Isold. For punishment he is transformed into the stallion, White Knight. But Mallory's transformation is but a step in Baron's dark design, for he is seeking to snare a Unicorn using Isold and Mallory as bait.

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Rash Decision
DNA nanovirus transformations are all the rage, and centaurs are much valued for manual labour. Robert has fallen in love with a pretty female centaur, but has no idea how to approach her. Going out on a limb, he buys an illegal black-market DNA virus and becomes a centaur himself - only to find himself with the rare condition Gifford's Syndrome: his upper body might be that of a man, but his equine half is a fully-functional mare! Has he paid for a stupid mistake, or might fate have thrown him a completely unexpected favour?


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