Do you ever look away from the movie screen and cover your eyes when a horse, or any animal for that matter, is about to get injured? My husband and son came home from watching “The Revenant”, staring Leo Dicaprio, and they made sure to tell me not to watch that movie because of a particular scene involving a horse. I remember having to wait for the movie War Horse to come out in DVD simply because I didn’t want to be caught balling my eyes out in a public movie theater. I learned my lesson the first time after sobbing while watching a young Scarlett Johansson play teenager Grace with a troubled horse in “The Horse Whisperer.” Well I’m here to remind you that the American Humane Association is always on set during the filming of those, sometimes violent, scenes to assure that “no animals were harmed” while in production.
Hollywood has the Oscars and the American Humane Association hosts the Pawscars, honoring the top animal stars in the movie and television industry. As Writing Horseback is an equestrian-themed blog, you know where I’m going with this post. That’s right, we’re going to take Scott Eastwood from “The Longest Ride” out on the trail and we’ll gallop Seabiscuit on the home stretch, making sure the “Hateful Eight” don’t eat all the alfalfa cubes while they rest up back at the barn.