I had expected this to be a documentary, like the War Dogs documentary one of the dog food companies did long ago in the 90s. But, to my surprise, it isn’t! Many, many horse people I know don’t want to see this. But to me, it has an epic feel. I see from the trailer that they (the writer, director, etc) are honoring the nobility of the horse and his sacrifice for humankind. Yes, horses get hurt in wars (still riding them sometimes today. If you doubt that, read up on some of the operations in Afghanistan). But people get hurt too. So do birds, bugs, and a slew of other innocent critters and people. Some horses still face danger head on today, as in this article.
Truthfully, while we’re all horse lovers, without the horse carrying our ancestors through battle safely, many of us might not be here. For that, I will go see the movie and honor those brave steeds that served our nation and nations before us so valiantly in battle. Remember, my friends, no horses were actually killed in the making of this movie. It’s just a story, nothing more. Just like those movies that upset you as a child.
In fact, if I think the kids can handle it, I’d like Bad Pants to take us for my birthday.