In The Outsiders, where is the horse Mickey Mouse mentioned?

Soda's horse, Mickey Mouse, is mentioned towards the beginning of chapter three as Pony and Cherry are walking to Two-Bit's house to get his car. As they are walking, Pony tells Cherry a personal story about Soda's favorite horse.

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When Ponyboy meets Cherry and Marcia at the movies theater, he and Cherry form a quick friendship. This is unusual, as they are from extremely different backgrounds, but that is one of the points the author makes about their relationship. After the movie, Two-Bit and Ponyboy offer to walk the girls to Two-Bit’s car to drive them home because it is late.

During the walk, Ponyboy talks about Mickey Mouse. He and Cherry are walking alongside one another, while the other two are engaged in their own discussion. Ponyboy makes a mental comparison of Cherry to his favorite brother Soda, thinking that up until this point, only Soda could draw him out in conversation, but Cherry seems to be able to, as well. She knows who Soda is and says that she has seen him around the rodeos. Soda loves horses and the rodeos and that sparks the discussion of the horse Mickey Mouse.

Ponyboy tells her that Soda “had this buckskin horse” that was not really his. It belonged to someone else, but Soda took care of it. Ponyboy says that even though Soda did not actually own the horse, “Mickey Mouse was Soda's horse” nevertheless because Soda and Mickey had formed a strong bond.

In fact, on the very first day that Soda saw Mickey Mouse, he said, "There's my horse." Ponyboy goes on to say that Sodapop is “horse crazy” and

“always hanging around stables and rodeos, hopping on a horse every time he gets a chance.”

At one point, Ponyboy even thought that Mickey Mouse and Soda looked alike. Mickey Mouse is described as an ornery horse, but he used to come when Soda called him even though he would not come for anyone else. To Ponyboy, this is a clear sign that Mickey Mouse loved Soda. Finally, Ponyboy says about Mickey Mouse,

“He may have belonged to another guy, but he was Soda's horse.”

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At the beginning of chapter three, Two-Bit offers to drive Cherry Valance and Marcia home after the movie but explains that his car is at his house. As the group walks towards Two-Bit's home, Pony continues his engaging conversation with Cherry. Cherry proceeds to compare her social group to one big rat race and Pony finally understands what truly separates the Socs from the Greasers. Pony begins feeling more comfortable with Cherry and eventually shares a personal story about Soda's favorite horse Mickey Mouse.

Pony tells Cherry that Mickey Mouse belonged to a guy who kept the horse at the stables where Soda used to work. Soda became attached to the horse, and Mickey Mouse would only obey his commands. Pony even mentions that Soda and Mickey Mouse behaved and looked similar. According to Pony, Soda and Mickey Mouse were inseparable and everyone considered Mickey Mouse his horse. Unfortunately, Mickey Mouse's owner sold the horse to someone else, which was devastating to both Soda and Pony. Soda understood that his family did not have enough money to purchase the horse and never complained to his parents about the tragic situation. Pony explains Soda's reaction by telling Cherry,

"When you're thirteen in our neighborhood you know the score." (Hinton, 35)

Pony's moving story about Soda's horse Mickey Mouse highlights their difficult experiences and emphasizes the divide between the Socs and Greasers. Coming from an economically disadvantaged family, Soda and Pony have experienced significant hardships.

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In Chapter 3 after the drive-in movie is ended, Ponyboy, Johnny, and Two-Bit offer to give Marcia and Cherry a ride home. So, they all walk to get Two-Bit's car.

As they walk along, Ponyboy finds it very easy to talk with Cherry.

The first thing I knew I was telling her about Mickey Mouse, Soda's horse. I had never told anyone about Soda's horse. It was personal.

Mickey Mouse was a beautiful dark-gold buckskin quarter horse at the stables where Soda once worked.  Ponyboy narrates that although Soda did not own the horse, "Mickey Mouse was Soda's horse"; in other words, there was a communication between Soda and this horse. Ponyboy describes Soda as being "crazy about Mickey Mouse" because he would come whenever Soda called, and he would nibble on Soda's sleeve. But, he would not do these things for other people, not even the owner. With other horses, Mickey Mouse was aggressive; however, at all times he was tractable with Soda, only giving him a light nip once and a while. But, sadly for Soda, Mickey Mouse was sold, and one day the new owners came and took the handsome horse. Only thirteen at the time, Soda cried all night long because of his loss of a kindred spirit.

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Ponyboy describes Mickey Mouse to Cherry Valance in Chapter Three of The Outsiders. Pony had never "old anyone about Soda's horse.  It was personal," but he finds himself opening up to Cherry (39).  Ponyboy's description of Mickey Mouse perfectly characterizes the kind of a relationship a boy can have with a horse and the love that Sodapop had for Mickey Mouse. 

According to Ponyboy, Mickey Mouse was one "ornery pony," but Sodapop loved him for it (39).  The horse would only come when Soda called him, and even though Mickey was down right mean to everybody else, he and Soda shared a bond.  Ponyboy recalls, "He may have belonged to another guy, but he was Soda's horse" (40). 

Unfortunately, Mickey's owner sold him, and when Soda found out, he "had bawled all night long" (40).  Soda had never really wanted anything for himself, but he had wanted Mickey Mouse. 

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