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Heartwarming / War Horse

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  • Albert and Joey's reunion
  • The Frenchman deciding to give Joey back to Albert
  • It's only for a short time, but when a German officer commands the horsemaster to use Topthorn (whom he named King) to pull up one of the machines. The horsemaster pleads with him, saying he is overworked, and offers Joey who he knows is in better health. Though it takes no words, it's obvious that as Joey pulls up the machine he is giving his all for Topthorn. After things become dire, the horsemaster stays behind for a bit as the others flee just to tell his horses to run.
  • In no man's land, the British soldier manages to reach Joey without getting shot. When he realises he has no cutters, a German soldier comes forward to help. When they realise they need more than one cutter, various German soldiers toss over theirs to help.
    • And afterwards, when they realise that they have fundamental differences as to who gets the horse, and it looks like it might end up in a fistfight and guns... they toss a coin for it, shake hands, and leave peacefully.
  • In the play, Albert comforting a dying horse in its final moments and laying down the portrait of Joey as a tribute.
  • Albert is forced to auction Joey at the end of the war, as only officers are allowed to keep their horses. He walks out of the stables with Joey... and is met by the entire regiment. All of them have pooled together what they had to raise money for him to buy Joey back. Even the major put some money in, though mum's the word.
  • In the book, Stewart refers to Nicholls as "the best friend I ever had" after Nicholls is killed in battle.
  • Albert saving David, the son of his family's cruel landlord on the battlefield. He had been a real Jerkass to him up until this point, making fun of Albert for carrying around drawings of his horse. When he gets injured and Albert drags him to a safe place David looks like he wants to apologize but Albert stops and him and just says "We're both Devon boys."
    • This becomes even more heartwarming later, when Albert is forced to auction Joey; David, who's an officer, tried to say the horse was his so Albert could keep Joey.

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