Harry & SnowmanDVD - 2016
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***Not direct quote from the film but from the book.***
The fateful encounter, p1 of 3:
Harry could smell fear rising up from them; the sound of hooves striking metal was almost deafening, and in the shadowy interior he saw flashes of white in their eyes. But one of the horses stood quietly, crammed up against the truck’s side, seeming to pay no mind to the chaos around him. Between the slats, Harry saw large brown eyes. When he reached out his palm, the horse stuck his nose toward him. Harry saw one eye looking at him. Asking. “What about that one?” Harry asked. The man was already loaded up and ready to drive away. “You don’t want that one. He’s missing a shoe and his front is all cut up from pulling a harness.”
The fateful encounter, p2 of 3:
“I just want to take a look,” Harry said. Knackers generally paid sixty dollars a head. Was Harry prepared to pay more than that? Harry hesitated, then nodded. The horse was still watching him. Grudgingly, the man backed him out of the trailer. Scrambling down the steep ramp, the horse almost fell, but then righted himself. Once the animal was off the trailer, Harry got a better picture, and it wasn’t a pretty one. The big horse was male, a gelding, as Harry had expected. His coat, the dull white color that horsemen call gray, was matted and caked with mud. Open wounds marred both knees. His hooves were grown out and cracked, and a shoe was missing. The horse was thin, but not completely undernourished—not as bad off as the horses normally seen on a killer van. The marks across his chest showed that he’d pulled a heavy harness.
The fateful encounter, p3 of 3:
He had a deep chest; Harry noticed the strong gaskins and well-muscled shoulders, probably developed by pulling a plow. The man dropped the rope on the ground, but the horse made no move to run. His teeth showed that he was “aged”—not younger than eight years old, and quite possibly older. Harry scanned his legs—pasterns, fetlocks, cannons, hocks—and found no obvious flaws. The auction roster sometimes read like an illustrated veterinary primer: bowed tendons, bone spavins, strangles, laminitis, swaybacks, broken wind—a compendium of ways that a horse can be lame, contagious, or otherwise unfit. But this horse had no such ailments: he was just undernourished, beat up, and broken down, an ordinary horse who had hit hard times.
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