Horses have had a long association with war.
Their use on the battlefield, which dates back thousands of years, gained international attention recently with the Steven Spielberg film, War Horse, based on the novel and play.
In the world of racing, it’s not uncommon for Thoroughbreds to carry names reflecting this history – Man o’ War, War Pass, War Front, Battle Hardened, Warrior’s Reward – just to name a few. Racehorses are highly-trained, disciplined and focused on winning, just like human soldiers. And when their service is over, as with their human counterparts, they often face difficult circumstances and frighteningly uncertain futures. Some of them are lost forever.