I had no idea that 8 million horses died in WW!1 or that 1 Million were taken from England with only a little over 60,000 returned. These magnificant animals were forced to participate in a war that they not only did not create but certainly wanted no part of. When they brought the small puppet pony on stage, I immediately wept for all the innocent foals born in that time only to endure frightening battles and untold suffering. As he grew into an adult my heart broke seeing him sad and lost in the midst of battle and hatred.
Many will say there were millions of humans lost in this war as well. And I will say yes there were, but it was our war, a human war. Not a war the horses started and certainly not one they wanted to be part of.
So I also say this - If the theatre at Lincoln Center Theatre or Steven Spielberg (producing the movie) can profit from the story of the tragedies these horses suffered then they should also share with those trying to help these animals. Donations from a portion of the profit made from these productions should go to organizations that help horses in need. Here is a few suggestions:
And there are so many more as you search on the internet. Horses have been man's companion for thousands of years and for many of them mistreated by the human they so willingly serve. It is time these gentle giants are treated with the love and respect each living creature deserves.