How War Brought a Silver Lining (Reblog)

November 11 we will remember the veterans. Can war bring a silver lining? Here is proof it can.


When World War 1 ended there were thousands of horses that had survived and were not returned to their homelands of England, Canada or Australia. In 1930 Dorothy Brooke arrived in Cairo, Egypt.She was horrified to find hundreds of emaciated and down trodden horses that had been sold into a life of hard labor at the end of the war.  She wrote a letter to the Morning Post ( now the Daily Telegraph) in London.She pleaded with readers to have compassion on these poor war horses.

“These old horses were, many of them, born and bred in the green fields of England – how many years since they have seen a field, heard a stream of water, or a kind word in English?”

Her appeal was successful and she received £20,000 in today’s money. She spent the next five years purchasing these warhorses and most were humanely put down and allowed…

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6 responses to “How War Brought a Silver Lining (Reblog)”

  1. Diana Avatar

    What a wonderful silver lining, as I didn’t know how The Brooke organization came about. And to see that they’ve helped millions of animals which is incredibly impressive! What a lovely post to honor those animals who have served and should be honored. ❤️

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Thank you Diana for your comment. They deserve to be honored 💕🐴

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  2. 100 Country Trek Avatar

    It was difficult time during the war. She helped save these horses.

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Yes she did and most importantly she created the Brooke that now looks after worming equines all over the world.


  3. I. J. Khanewala Avatar

    I appreciate the work of Dorothy Brooke. But perhaps the horses would not have been so poorly off without the was? It is hard to be anything but horrified by the brutality of war, and its aftermath.

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      I agree . The horses would have stayed in their home countries and lived their lives in peace. This would have been much better for them. War is horrendous. But at least now working equines are getting help from the Brooke in countries all over the world. That is the silver lining that I see.

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