As we examined Black Beauty today, we spent a little time discussing horses as a key component of human history, both as subjects and creators. In particular, horses in battle represent a the very intersection of the two. In such events, horses in combat are subject to being utility for human benefit but they also contribute to the successes of human battles and as a result, human history. I must also suggest that, if you are interested, War Horse is a wonderful film that captures both the human perspective of combat with horses and also the journey and feeling of the horse through war. Although certainly a war film, it does great justice to the horse's experience in war and even brings sympathy from the viewer about the animal treatment in war time.
The movie is an adaptation of a book called War Horse by Michael Morpugo and is directed by Steven Spielberg.