There have been many great Horse Movies, but here’s a list of some of my favorites! Seems like a great way to enjoy a snowy New Years Day: curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn, your best friend, a glass of champagne and a Horse Movie marathon!
The Black Stallion was a childhood favorite of mine! The movie was released in 1979 when I had already met the most amazing Arabian Horse. The movie had it all … a black Arabian Horse, a unique bond between a human and a horse, and magnificent scenery on a beautiful island. This Horse movie more than most, really shows the strong connection between human and horse with very little verbal communication. One of the many things I love about horses is that I don’t have to speak to them to know they hear me and sense me and communicate with me. Many people have said I capture the soul of the horse in my horse art-it’s their silent and powerful communication and beauty I capture!
Another great Horse movie I remember from my childhood was The Man from Snowy River (1982). The Man from Snowy River is a 1982 Australian drama film based on the Banjo Paterson poem “The Man from Snowy River“. Set on an Australian cattle ranch, a young man fights for his honor, falls for a powerful ranch owner’s feisty daughter and is accused of losing a prized horse. I remember seeing The Man From Snowy River at the movies before the days of Netflix. The epic scene riding down the mountain just took my breath away. Now I can watch that scene over and over on youtube but I still have to cover my eyes for part of it as the horse maneuvers down the mountain.
I’m a real sucker for tear jerkers and this Horse movie fills all the needs. A traumatic incident, a damaged young girl and the damaged spirit of a horse-rebuilding trust. UGH! Throw in the bonus of a great sound track, romance and love and The Horse Whisperer is tops! Lots of kleenex for this one!
There’s many more epic powerful Horse movies out there where the horse overcomes all odds and wins the “prize” or the “race””: Secretariat, Hidalgo, Sea Biscuit, Phar Lap. Those are great too. I also have enjoyed some of the documentaries like Unbranded, Wild Horse Wild Ride and Buck.
Jody Miller is a professional photographer specializing in Horse Photography, Equine Photography, and Equestrian photography. Her work can be viewed online here in her gallery section, and she is also featured at these Arizona Galleries: Arts Prescott Gallery, Sedona’s Village Gallery , Easy Street Galleria in Carefree and Dragonfly Arts in Cottonwood.