Right now I am reading The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts. The inspiring story brings to the surface a sickening truth, that millions of horses were slaughtered for dog food and glue yearly in the 1960s. The book tells the tale of an immigrant from Holland – Henry – who buys a horse, who is later named Snowman, off the trailer headed to te slaughter house. As Snowman learns to trust his new owner he overcomes many difficulties, such as becoming a horse that can be ridden. However, as Snowman begins to show his worth at high-level horse shows – jumping as high as eight feet – Henry begins to face many problems of his own. Getting a deadly illness that will bring you to tears and losing everything he has are some of the issures Henry has in this real story.