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War Horse

The last thing we want to think about is a stallion fighting against another stallion, but if we must, let us remember and salute fallen war horses of our time. There aren’t better companions than courageous horses. Agile yet strong, fast but potentially stealthy, and loyal enough to come back for a fallen soldier thrown from their backs.

Animation, black and white films from the early 20’s, and documentaries all illustrate these American heroes relentlessly. They pulled wagons and chariots, were used as draught animals for heavy artillery, and rode into war with fury. So I am thankful that Hollywood has acknowledged the bravery and value of all war horses. Let us consider that some horses were trained harder, but also chose to show off their abilities when the time was right, instead of fleeing at the first opportunity.

Let us remember Blackie, who belonged to chief Sitting Bull, American hero of the U.S Army Black Jack who was the last of the quartermaster-issues horses. Rest in peace to so many war horses, but memories make us proud.

A list of military horses can be found here: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_historical_horses) Articles of unforgettable stories of hero horses can be found all over the world.

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