1. Black Beauty
Black Beauty was the only novel by author Anna Sewell who composed it in the final years of her life, dying only five months after its publication. She was an invalid during its creation and lived just long enough to see her novel become a best seller. It is one of the best selling books of all time teaching animal welfare and how to treat animals and people alike with kindness, sympathy,and respect. The store follows the life of a horse named Black Beauty during his life as a horse for a number of different owners; some wonderful, some careless, and some outright cruel. On his way he meets a number of other animals all of whom share tales similar to his own; some sharing tales of heartbreaking cruelty and selfishness. It is a wonderful book showcasing the importance of loving and caring for your animals and thinking of them as more than simply tools and toys.
2. The Black Stallion
The Black Stallion is the main character from a series of book of the same name by Walter Farley. It is a collection of stories about the horse and his owner Alec Ramsey and chronicles the story of the prized stallion of an Arab sheikh with both his current owner and his past. The Black Stallion has been described by the New York Times as "the most famous fictional horse of the century". The books chronicle, not only the life of the Black Stallion, but his three children and his arch rival the Island Stallion named Flame.
3. Bree Hee Hinny Hoo Hah
Bree Hee Hinny Hoo Hah, or Bree for short, is the second main character of the story "The Horse and His Boy" by C.S. Lewis. Bree was born a free-talking beast in Narnia, but was captured as a foolish colt by the Calormenes. His ability to talk, though hidden, has made him proud and vain and he somewhat adopts a young boy named Shasta as both attempt to escape to Narnia. He and Shasta engage in a number of trials on their journey and are eventually joined by a Calormen woman named Aravis who has, herself, a talking Narnian horse named Hwin. He is visited by Aslan, himself, and told that in order to truly return to Narnia he must give up must of his pride because he will be "nothing special" when he returns to a land full of talking beasts.
4. The Trojan Horse
Not a real horse at all, nor do I mean the computer virus, this is all about the large wooden horse used in the famous Aeneid. In Virgil's transcription of the well known tale, Greeks create a large wooden horse after growing tired of engaging in a long and "tedious" war with Troy. Pretending to leave, they stuffed a number of their best soldiers inside and rolled it up to the gates. When the Trojan's opened the gate and brought the "gift" inside, the Greeks sprang out and laid siege to the city. It is this horse that has given us the well known phrase, "Beware Greeks bearing gifts."
5. Mr. Ed
Mr. Ed was the famous talking horse from the television sitcom Mr. Ed that aired from October 1, 1961 till February 6, 1966. Mr. Ed was a palomino horse played by gelding Bamboo Harvester and voiced by Allan Lane. He belonged to an eccentric and klutzy architect named Wilbur Post. The show gathered a following due to the humorously troublemaking behavior of Mr. Ed, as well as his refusal to speak to anyone but his owner Wilbur despite how much trouble it seemed, at times, to get Mr. Post into. Many people believe that Mr. Ed was made to talk by smearing peanut butter in his mouth. The truth is even more fascinating. A first his lips were lifted with a nylon string, then as he began to put two and two together, Bamboo Harvester would move his lips on his own when a trainer touched his foot, and finally he learned to begin moving his lips when his co-star finished speaking!
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