Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A great horse in History.

I hope everyone is surviving all this summer heat and humidity. I am heading to Kentucky in a few days and although Lexington is beautiful and certainly horse mecca, I don't look forward to the forcast heat and humidity.

With all this hot weather, plus travel time on planes, I have been reading a lot more. I just started a book called (which was recommended many months ago by one of my fellow EqInk writers) The War Horse. The book has now been made into a highly acclaimed play; which I will be seeng in September when I will be in London. This is why a friend of mine sent me a link to a story about a true war hero horse named Sgt. Reckless.

Listed is the link to the youtube videos about her. I was enthralled when I watched yet I am puzzled as to why a book, to my knowledge, has been written about her let alone a movie.

More information can be found about this amazing horse at
There is more detail on the story of Sgt Reckless. The mare's heroism during the Korean war led to her being promoted to Staff Sergeant by the Commandant of the US Marine Corps.

Currently Sgt. Reckless is listed alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and John Wayne as one of our all-time heroes. Many years after her there is even a Sgt Reckless Fan Club on Facebook.

Let me know what you think of her story and happy reading!


Alison said...

Thanks for the recommendation Terri. I have wanted to read it.

I'd love for you to do a post on how you keep the horses and riders cool during this incredible weather when you are conducting training sessions etc.

Terri Rocovich said...

Thanks Alison,

Good idea, I actually have a ton of info on keeping horses and riders cool and the signs of heat stress. I will make it the subject of my next post. One thing I do is start super early. No sleeping in possible but for example it is 6 am now and I am about to go start my first horse. Can't wait for Fall!