Memorial Day Remembrance: Horses of War

by R. T. Fitch

Straight from the Horse's Heart

“Please remember to join myself and other fellow Americans in taking a moment of silence at 3 PM today in honor of all the heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live free and unfettered in the greatest country in the world, the United States of American!” ~ R.T.


From George Washington’s beloved sorrel to a little mare who braved the front lines of the Korean War, here are five unsung equine heroes.

Horses have performed multiple roles throughout military history; they’ve been used for transportation, reconnaissance missions, cavalry charges, packing supplies, and communications. And—when taught to kick, strike, and bite—they became weapons nearly as deadly as those their riders were wielding. War horses also had a potent psychological impact on men in battle—their powerful presence could boost morale and courage, or instill uncontrollable fear in enemy troops.

Though the heyday of the cavalry is over, the…

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