I recently watched a western that showed some (feasibly only one) extremely sweat-lathered horses. They'd been ridden hard, but I honestly can't remember if it was in the context of a horse-race, outrunning Indians, or whatever. I'm kinda stuck because I've already tried to reference it in an answer over at english.se What does "Whip into a lather" mean?

Sorry - I know that's not much to go on. But the lather was pretty extreme!


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Ooops! - I found the answer myself! It's Bite the Bullet (1975), starring Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen and James Coburn. Not as good a movie as I'd have hoped from that line-up, in all honesty.

The movie centres on a 700-mile "endurance horse race". I think one of the central themes is basically that it's "the American way" to win at all costs. Per the answer on ELU about the meaning of Whip into a lather, the horses may not actually be as distressed as one might think, but it certainly makes a striking image.

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    It's perfectly fine to ask and answer your own question Just as long as it is a good question to begin with :)
    – Tablemaker
    Feb 22, 2012 at 23:53
  • @TylerShads: I do think the "lathered horses" scene, which is very near the end of the movie, is quite memorable. Given it's quite an old movie, someone else may have seen it a long time ago, and only be able to remember that aspect. So unless question and/or answer get many downvotes I guess I'll assume it is a good question. Even if I did happen to find the answer myself! Feb 23, 2012 at 0:03
  • Makes me think of Buster Keaton's infamous 'horse sweat' scene in 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'.
    – Nobby
    Feb 23, 2012 at 0:17
  • @Nobby: I haven't seen it - I was never a fan of silent movies, and don't know anything Keaton did after the "talkies" came in. But he must have been on his last legs in that one, since he died in 66 when it was released. Feb 23, 2012 at 3:48
  • His was a small role, and he was indeed an old man, but the gag never fails to make me laugh. I won't spoil it for you - it's a good film to watch late at night when you are drunk :)
    – Nobby
    Feb 23, 2012 at 4:49

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