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War Horse: The Incredible Bond Between Man and Horse

December 29, 2011 · By Terry Finley · Share
Watched War Horse with Debbie the other night. Can neither confirm nor deny the rumor, but might have gotten a little emotional at parts.

A lot of buzz led up to this movie’s release, and with good reason.  It really gives you an appreciation of the magnificence and beauty of the horse. The story explores a bond that develops between a Thoroughbred and the young boy who understands how to connect with him.
As the horse changes hands throughout the movie, we come to understand how these animals, in spite of their overwhelming strength and ability, trust humans with their lives and deliver courage, determination, and loyalty.

As LA Times movie critic Betsey Sharkey wrote, “The incredible emotive power of this horse and the way in which the filmmakers were able to translate it on-screen are what stay with you.”

I won’t give away the ending, but let’s just say that the bond the boy shares with his horse is a lasting one.  
This movie isn’t for everyone - the war scenes are sad, troubling, and very realistic. But if you can make it through a reenactment of history that actually happened, I bet you’ll come away as I did - with an even firmer belief that those of us in racing must do everything we can to assure the well-being of the Thoroughbreds that run under our silks every day, just as every responsible horse owner should commit to preserving the care of every equine they breed or buy.

The best thing about horse people is that we love these animals across the board, no matter what the discipline. Even though this movie isn’t about racing, it shows us what horses will do for humans - things completely foreign and against their nature - and in exchange, we owe them the best possible care and love.     

There are some great links out there right now because of this movie, and I’d like to share them with you.

First of all, the rest of Betsey Sharkey’s great review at the Los Angeles Times

Here’s a nice article from Thoroughbred Times about Finders Key, a retired racehorse who stars in the movie.

View this link to read the story of a real war horse - Sgt. Reckless of the 5th Marines

Finally, here’s a pro-horse flyer with a great quote from director Steven Spielburg

I hope you get a chance to see the movie, and I’d love to hear what you thought about it.

War Horse video trailer: 


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