I’ve just come back from seeing the new film War Horse. It was amazing. The visuals were stunning and the story very thought provoking. There were a few scenes where I had to watch through my fingers – notably the soliders fighting in the trenches scene. But, despite my emotional reaction to the animals being injured, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
Now, I’m probably biased, because I absolutely adore horses. My husband and I own eight of varying breeds, ages and temperament.
This is Sharnah (And me) She’s twenty five years old and I trust her completely. She gets cranky sometimes, but I can put anyone on her back and she simply plods along at the pace indicitive of her rider. She gave me confidence in horses after a long break away from them. I’ve had her for five years. Sharnah’s previous owner had to part with her after a battle with a serious illness – and this person had owned her since she was a two year old filly. So I made a promise that Sharnah had found her last home with us. She actually talks to me when I fill up her feed bucket, and I swear sometimes I can hear her saying ‘it needs more mollasses!’ As you can see she is a Palomino (every pony mad, little girls’s dream horse). She’s about 14.1 hands and a part Quarterhorse.
While I watched the movie War Horse is occured to me that I had been dreaming about horses since I was five years old. Black Beauty, My Friend Flicka, The Silver Brumby – these were some of the first books I ever read. And movies like the old black and white Gallant Bess would have me glued to the television.
Churchill said the best thing for the inside of a man or a woman is the outside of a horse – and for me that’s true. I spend every afternoon feeding and grooming or riding – it’s my down time, away from writing. But of course I adore writing about horses and the heroine in Made For Marriage, my first Harlequin Special Edition, is a riding instructor who owns her own riding school. I like being able to bring that part of my life to my stories.
Next month, as part of my Horse Tails blogs, I’ll highlight Zeb – my 17.3 hand black Thoroughbred who has a special place in my heart.
If you plan to see War Horse I’d love to hear what you think of it. Or do you have a favorite horse movie or book?