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“12 STRONG” – the movie coming out based on the book, HORSE SOLDIERS. So very compelling and worth knowing that horses played a role in helping man in warfare- recently.

So a year ago, Hubby gave me this book.  I couldn’t read it because I knew horses would probably die.  It is called HORSE SOLDIER by Doug Stanton.  Now a movie is coming called, ’12 Strong’, starring Chris Hemsworth among others.

Hubby gave me this book last year… I couldn’t read it. I was afraid that horses would be suffering.


As you all know, Hubby is an officer in the Navy.  He did two tours in Iraq.  Living with a war veteran has taught me so much…

Well, during my movie marathon day over the recent holiday, one of the pre-movie trailers shown was “12 Strong”.

OMGosh.  The trailer was so powerful.  12 men, after 9/11, fighting for their lives and for freedom…on horseback!

What got me about this movie was that they used horses to infiltrate the area.  Cavalry.  It was the horse, again, that carried these men.

(Horsegods, please bless the horses.  They have worked so hard for us.)

The movie isn’t out yet… so I’m not reviewing it.  But, I wanted you to know about it.

Here is the trailer.

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On a lighter note, I often want to see historic horse movies just so I can look at the tack.  Do you do that?

I always wonder if they got it right… or if they just used whatever gear that maybe looked close enough but was actually whatever the wrangler/trainer needed for that horse to work correctly.

Having been on many commercials that used animals, I found it often amazing how animals are trained for particular stunts. (Don’t worry, I was the producer… I’d never let any animals be hurt on my set.)

Many years ago, I interviewed Rudy Ugland for my TV show, HORSE AND MAN.  He was a well known (legendary) horse trainer.  His brain knew more about horses than I could even imagine.  Rudy was one of the last trainers to train 8Ups.  8Ups are horse teams of 8 who pull stage coaches.  He had an arena the size of a football field, which is what you need when working these teams.  Rudy Ugland was amazing.

Anyway, if things get too intense in big time horse movies, I always remind myself that ‘its a movie’.  Someone, like me, was standing there, making sure it all worked safely.  99.9% of the time.  I promise.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017! The incredible lesson we should learn from the Christmas donkey!

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM HORSE AND MAN (and Norma Jean) to all of our wonderful Readers.  We appreciate every one of you!



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Christmas bespeaks of Nativity. And Nativity gives occasion to Nativity plays. No one knows who first came up with the idea of dramatizing the birth of Jesus, but the first script has inspired innumerable others.

Though each Nativity play has its own unique wrinkle, they all have some common features: angels with chiffon wings and wise men and their gifts from afar. A weary innkeeper will turn Mary away. A wide-eyed Joseph will bunch the manger’s hay. And Mary, weary and sweet, will say “I think today.”

Beneath a suspended star a baby will be born, the angels will sing, the wise men will kneel and children of all ages will go home telling their parents that next year they want a part in the Nativity play. Little boys want to be Joseph. Little girls want to be Mary. Some want to wear the angel wings or bear gifts from a distant land. A few might even offer to be the hard-hearted Herod or the hassled innkeeper.

But no one, ever, as far as I know, volunteers to be the donkey. Which is odd, actually, for what greater honor could exist than to do what the donkey did? He carried Jesus. I know, Joseph is better looking and Mary is quite stunning. Wise men get the cool hats and angels have the hallelujahs. And the donkey? He just stands to the side and chews on hay.

But look at him. Do you not see contentment in those big, brown eyes? A look of satisfaction on his face? He just delivered history’s greatest gift! Before Santa had a sleigh or UPS had trucks, God had a donkey. Thanks in no small part to him, the choir can sing “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.”

I know, I know. We’d rather be Joseph, rugged and bearded. We’d rather be Mary, faithful, beautiful and immaculate.

But somebody needs to be the donkey. I’m thinking a donkey at Christmas is a good thing to be.

The Christmas donkey did his work. He delivered Jesus so Jesus could be delivered.

He plodded. He didn’t gallop or giddy-up. He did what donkeys do. He steadily stepped in the direction the master directed.

And, upon arrival, he stepped to the side. He demanded no recognition, expected no compensation. He isn’t even mentioned in the Bible.

He was happy to do his job and let Jesus have all the attention.

Perhaps we could learn a lesson from the Christmas donkey. There is always a place in the Nativity, God’s Nativity story, for the person who will plod along expecting no applause, bear up under the weight of the long haul, and carry the one who will carry us all.

So here’s to the donkeys of the story. May your ride be faithful and your rest be fruitful. And we will do our best to follow your example.

Max Lucado is a San Antonio pastor and best-selling author. His latest book is “Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World” (Thomas Nelson, September 2017). Visit his website at Follow him on Twitter @MaxLucado.


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