Usually, for my last post of the year, I like to recap the year past and offer my prospects for the year to come.
In light of recent events, I am not going to do this. Suffice to say 2011, especially the last 6 weeks, was one hell of a year, with major positives like training Chewie to drive and enjoying 4 solid months of driving him all over the place, and a fun win with Luke and my husband at a new horse show, to major down turns as we all know.
My leg is slloooooowly getting better, and boy do I mean slowly. After last week’s blow-out and hospitalization and following infection, I am still not better, although as I told my husband today, I am becoming a “proficient limper” so I am mobilizing around a little better.
Today was “my day” and I went to the barn to see the horses (twice actually), and saw War Horse, and dinner and frozen yogurt.
It has been raining allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll day. While the year is not quite over yet, what a way to ring out the old year… with rain. rain. rain. The horses are soaked, and rather miserable.
I think Dixie was the most miserable of them all because she doesn’t keep a blanket on. Well, I do have 3 blankies for her, but if *somebody* would stop pulling them off and sideways… eh hem. I digress. She’s wet, but none the worse for wear.
Chewbacca and Luke came in for a warm bran mash, and even Dixie had a little although she’s too fat so I rarely ever give her one. I was trying to give Chewie a kiss. Chewie gets a little gushy about kisses. He tries to act like he doesn’t like being kissed, but I know deep down he does. lol.
And uber pookey pony at the year’s end, too. All wet, at least from the neck up.
War Horse was a very good movie. It was quite a little bit like Black Beauty, the horse switches from owner to owner, and the story is somewhat about the life of the owners and how the horse fits in to their life. It was incredibly poignant and I was in tears more than once. I love Black Beauty (I’m talking the most current re-make, done in 1994, starring Doc’s Keeping Time).
War Horse made me want to go back to the barn and give my horses a big hug. So I did. I’m a little muddier for it, but I love my horses very much and really was compelled to let them know that. I think Black Beauty has a lot of replay quality, but I’m not totally sure I’m compelled to see War Horse again any time soon. Not because it wasn’t a good movie, and not because it was too sad. Maybe because it is 2 1/2 hours. Long movie. But it had war scenes on par with Saving Private Ryan.
I won’t spoil the film. It takes place during WW I and the horse, as said before switches owners several times. What the horse experiences throughout the film is amazing, and I can’t help but wonder what my own horses experienced in their lives prior to me? Obviously I don’t think Luke and Dixie saw many wars, lol, but I wonder what their owners were like, what their lives were like. Chewbacca, I have papers, and a fairly-tractable history on, but Luke… ? And Dixie? Both unpapered, and came from who knows where. Luke I was told was Amish-bred and sold at auction once or twice. What the heck did he see in his life before we got him from his less-than-stellar-strangle-carrying former abode? I can’t imagine.
Anyway, where was I? Oh, yea, War Horse. So overall, the movie is filled with an incredible story, wonderful acting, and lovely horses everywhere. It’s also filled with war time misery, the unthinking concern for the work horses of the war with only a few who truly care about the animals, and many, many, many dead horses. Over all, I don’t think War Horse cuts it as a kids movie in any way. Black Beauty at least, although getting me to ball my eyes out at least twice, still is kind of light and kid-safe. War Horse is not.
Of course, there are also unrealistic scenes of things horses really don’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t do, but hey, it is a movie. The scene that got to me the most was the barbed wire scene. I won’t spoil it. But having had a horse run through a single strand of barbed wire, suffice to say, I don’t think Steven Spielberg ever saw with his own eyes what barbed wire really does to a horse. There was more than a fair dose of poetic license with that sequence, but during it evoked a scene reminiscent of the story of the WWII soldiers that laid down arms on Christmas.
I am looking forward to 2012, although my list of goals for 2012 has taken on something of a new form. I just want to be well enough to drive my horses and look forward to competing Chewbacca, Jesse, driving Jesse and Dixie tandem, and getting my husband and Luke to their first major show. I just want to be well, and have 2 legs to be well on.
I doubt I’ll be up to see the ball drop, usually never am. But I hope you all the best for 2012 and will enjoy seeing your resolutions! What do you want to accomplish in this upcoming year?
Have a good one!