Though Snowball and Boxer were the two most heroic animal warriors during the Battle of the Cowshed, their motives were quite different. Snowball seemed to enjoy the fight, leading two of the attacks himself and taking pleasure in knocking Mr. Jones into a pile of dung. Snowball, who was wounded by a shot fired by Jones, was awarded the military decoration of "Animal Hero, First Class" by his comrades. Boxer nearly killed one of the humans, cracking him on his skull with his iron-clad hoofs. The two felt opposing degrees of emotions, however. While Snowball declared that "The only good human being is a dead one," Boxer was visibly upset by the young man that lay lifeless on the ground.
"I have no wish to take life, not even human life," repeated Boxer, and his eyes were full of tears.
It was later discovered that Boxer was not a killer after all, since the stable-lad he had laid out was only stunned, and he soon "made off" while the animals were looking for the missing Mollie.