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The Boss's horse was an Andalusian that served as The Boss's trusted steed.
When The Boss "defected" to the Soviet Union in 1964, the Andalusian was present with her. After Naked Snake and The Boss's first confrontation in Dremuchij, Tselinoyarsk, the horse, while rearing, stepped on Snake's left hand. He later reappeared with The Boss at various points. He was last seen at Rokovoj Bereg, bearing witness to The Boss and Snake's final battle, as well as grieving over The Boss after Snake killed her, managing to get away from the MiGs bombing run.
Sometime afterwards, the Andalusian was brought to a British horse market, where it was located by Strangelove, who had been searching for him since he was the final witness to The Boss and Snake's fight. It was unclear whether the Andalusian actually traveled all the way from Tselinoyarsk to Britain or if someone just discovered him and brought him there. Strangelove couldn't prove if he was actually the same Andalusian, or just a similar horse, as he wouldn't let anyone ride him, which she found out the hard way.
- Main article: Peace Walker Incident
In 1974, the Andalusian was brought over to Costa Rica by Strangelove. Big Boss (Naked Snake) briefly encountered him near the AI facility. After defeating Chrysalis, Big Boss rode it over to the underground base. After Peace Walker left for Nicaragua, the horse rushed to Big Boss's aid to help him stop Peace Walker: dodging s-mines and collapsing trees. Big Boss and the horse attempted to cross over the border of Nicaragua when Peace Walker managed to cross over. However, they both ended up slipping from the rocky border. While Big Boss survived relatively unscathed, The Boss's Horse was critically injured from the fall. Big Boss then, in a similar manner to his executing The Boss ten years prior, euthanized the horse with his gun. Strangelove later acknowledged, although she didn't like it at the time, that Big Boss riding the horse was enough to prove that he was indeed The Boss's horse.
Behind the scenes
Before Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker was released, a Secret Theater film called Basashi (Japanese for "Horse Meat") had Para-Medic telling Naked Snake not to eat The Boss's horse, although the thought never once crossed his mind until after she mentioned it. After he then desires to eat her horse, The Boss, who was behind Snake, witnessed this and was furious, running off while comically making train noises, with The Boss presumably sending GRU soldiers to attack Snake and Para-Medic while the latter was lecturing Snake.
When selecting the mission Travel to the Mine Base, the sound accompanying the mission's start is a horse whinnying and clopping its feet instead of the usual sound of a helicopter soaring overhead, presumably because Big Boss was riding The Boss's horse at the start of the mission.
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (painting; non-canon)
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Notes and references
- ^ a b c Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010).
Kazuhira Miller: How's the horse doing? // Snake: Not too bad. You'd never know he's over 20 years old.
- ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004).
Para-Medic: "The horse The Boss was riding sounds like an Andalusian. Andalusians are from the region of Andalusia in Spain. They're renowned for their beauty, their gentle nature, and they're physical prowess."
- ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010).
Briefing Files > Briefing Library > Strangelove > The Boss > The Boss's White Horse:
Naked Snake (Big Boss): Where? I thought for sure it'd [The Boss's Andalusian would] be blown to ashes by those MiGs... // Strangelove: I searched the ends of the earth for that horse... and found it at last in a horse market in Britain. // Snake: Britain? Are you saying it came all the way over the Ural Mountains, through Europe, and across the English Channel? // Strangelove: Who knows, really? Perhaps someone took it there.