War hero…a horse!

Have you seen the story of this little mare? I doubted it was true at the beginning but as you will see the more you watch the more proof there is. How many other stories out there have been lost? Thanks Maret for sending me this.


  1. susan campos on April 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you Stacy , beautiful mare glad she was respected and honored like she was.

  2. Linda Long on April 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    What an awesome horse but I am sure she went through Hell . I just wonder if she really was taken as good of care as they tell the story. I really find it hard to believe. These poor animals are taken so for granted and used, and are not very much appreciated. She had more brains and love in her then I am sure most of the people that were there.

  3. Sheila Morlas on March 18, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    What a wonderful story about a great horse!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  4. Angela Gatliff on March 17, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I read about this in one of the “Chicken Soup” books. I’m pretty sure it was in one of the horse lover’s ones. It goes on to talk about her life when she came to the US. How the marine corp had bred her to a top racehorse stud but how she met up with a rodeo bronc at about the same time that they didn’t know about. It was pretty funny. I don’t know if it’s possible to form the same bonds with our animals as soldiers did with theirs. If you have to depend on each other to continue to live in such dangerous conditions. It makes for a whole to level of relationship.

  5. G. M. Gay on March 15, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Horses were recently used. I have just purchased a book, “Horse Soldiers” by Doug Stanton. It is the true story of a band of U.S. soldiers who rode in Afghanistan in 2001. In the beginning he lists every man’s name who participated. Doug Stanton also wrote “In Harm’s Way” which was a New York Times bestseller.
    And SSgt Reckless has her own fan club on facebook. And the current movie War Horse was not based upon SSgt Reckless who served in WW II. The movie was based upon a book written way before WW II.

    • Sheila Morlas on March 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Sgt. Reckless served around 1952, during the Korean War, not WW ll.

  6. Jessica on March 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Wow…Great job Reckless! This little mare was amazing! Thanks for sharing that!

  7. nikki on March 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    awesome. I heard of her before.
    I am not sure, but thought that the movie war horse actually was due to her outcome. I might be wrong so!

    Its just amazing what horses are able to do!

  8. Dawn Beard on March 14, 2012 at 10:05 am

    What a treat! Thanx for sharing this Stacy, I had never heard of this mare either. Well I do need to pay respect to the folks who honored this girl in doing right be her in her retirement. That is one of the admirable things we can do for the animals that we pressed into difficult and lifesaving work for us. Wonderful!

  9. Gwen Confalone on March 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Stacy where have you been? Hiding under a rock LOL? This was the inspiration for the movie War Horse….there is a link to this information in the trailer for the movie….

    • Stacy on March 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      I watched the movie on opening day….but missed that part! They should have shown footage! lol

  10. Lindsay on March 14, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Great story ….. i have always wondered why the Eagle is our national symbol. I believe horses did more for this counrty than eagles !!! Just Sayin…..

    • Linda Ellingsworth on March 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      You are so right, Lindsay. A horse would be a much more appropriate symbol of our nation.

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