I saw a film a couple times in elementary school. In it, a boy is given a horse. Eventually, the horse gets stuck in mud and maybe they had to shoot it. The whole thing is shot in an extremely soft-focus. It’s not animated. It creeped me out.
This reminds me of a similar memory that’s been bugging me. Instead of a horse in mud, it’s this scene:
A poor black family in the South, maybe sharecroppers, in a decrepit old house. The scene is out in front of the house. The young boy has a pet rooster in a small cage, and the mother tells him the family needs to eat his rooster. The boy cries, etc. The mother sheds a tear but is stoic and firm, tells him they must eat the rooster. Obviously trying to put on a brave face and teach the boy to be tough about such things. Then she pulls out a big carving fork, one of those two-pronged things you use when cutting a turkey, and tells the boy to kill the rooster with it! He eventually does as he’s told and starts jabbing the rooster in the cage with the big fork, crying hsyterically but, I assume, learning to be a strong man. Mother sheds a tear but seems firm in teachign her boy this lesson, whatever it is.
Horrible scene that still makes me shiver. I saw it when I was very young, and I think it was on PBS or at least was something ostensibly educational. Any ideas what this was??
Philip cannot speak. He loves his horse. Boy and horse are riding at night. Horse gets stuck in bog. Rescuers find them. Boy is safe. Horse seems lost. Boy goes to horse, encourages it not to give up. Boy say “fuh-hil-up” a few times. He gives the horse the will to live. All live happily ever after