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  1. Great presentation, Anne. It strikes me that we seldom think about the animals that served, suffered and died in these wars. History tends to focus on the human element when it fact, the outcomes were largely affected by these unheralded partners. Loved hearing your voice, something we rarely get a chance to hear on blogs. You are an excellent speaker and have a flair for reciting poetry! Your students were shown a good example, I expect!

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    • Thank you for your complimentary remarks, Eliza. I was so moved by the monuments to the horses I mention that I felt compelled to delve into the role they played and what happened to them. You are right about them being the ‘unheralded partners’!

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  2. Thoroughly interesting, Anne – thank you for the hours of research and preparation that no doubt went into this presentation. And how wonderful to hear your voice! I’ll be reading your blogs with your own voice in my head from now on instead of an imagined one.

    Sad to hear the incredible numbers of horses that died (and the “torture” they had to endure before they died) because of human greed and pride.

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    • I am glad you took the time to listen to it, Dries – too much of our history is already fading … and the role played by the horses is not often brought to the fore.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this, Anne! It’s very interesting to me at this particular time, as this year I’ve read five books about horses, two of them listening with my granddaughter, who is currently very “horsey,” to use your word. πŸ™‚ I don’t know if she will be of a mind to listen to your presentation, but I sent it to her mother just in case. My great-grandfather fought in the Boer War; I wonder if he rode a horse…

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    • ‘Black Beauty’ is a fine comparison. I am not sure how old your granddaughter is, but at some stage either you or her might like to read ‘Traveller’ – the story of General Lee’s horse – written by Richard Adams.

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  4. I bookmarked that, I don’t have the time today or tomorrow, but soon there will be a rainy day, or a football day -both equally bad- and I will be searching on my computer for something to watch. Thanks, Anne.
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  5. Anne, dit was nou absoluut heerlik om na jou te luister! Soos ek al voorheen opgemerk het, jou kennis oor natuur-onderwerpe verstom my. O ja, en ek het tot aan die heel einde geluister.πŸ˜‰

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  6. Dankie dat jy die aanbieding met ons gedeel het, Anne! Eintlik behoort hierdie lesing deel te word van die Oorlogsmuseum in Bloemfontein se uitstallings en aanbiedings. Jou leerlinge was inderdaad gelukkig om in jou klas te kon wees. Die gebed aan die einde is absoluut hartroerend. Ek is nou baie nuuskierig – wie was jou gehoor?

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  7. Anne, I finally got around to viewing this presentation, and I thank you for advertising that it was available for viewing. It was very interesting; I enjoyed it very much. I also appreciated your inclusion of General Lee’s affection for his horse Traveler! (You presentation also taught me quite a bit about a war with which I was unfamiliar!)

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