With the movie scene often flooded with rom-com’s, horrors and the like, you can often be left in need of a good heartwarming watch to brighten up your cosy weekend in. So if you spend your nights dreaming of horses and your nights buying new equine products, six films for horse-lovers
Based on one of the biggest selling novels of all time, and resulting in multiple film and TV show adaptations, it’s safe to say that Black Beauty has a soft spot in many horse lovers hearts! The 1994 adaptation is the fifth and most recent feature film of the bunch, and is narrated by Black Beauty himself, giving us a glimpse into the backstory of his life. Loved by the whole family, this film tells us an important tale of kindness, respect and animal welfare.
One of the most emotional stories of the bunch, you might want to grab a box of tissues before pressing the play button on this equestrian classic! Directed by Steven Spielberg, this 2011 film follows the life of Joey, a farm horse that ends up sent to the army during world war 1. Amidst the tragedy of the war, Joey’s former owner is determined to find him, following him to France in the hope of being reunited.
The perfect flick for female riders everywhere, National Velvet follows the story of 12 year old Velvet Brown who after becoming the happy owner of horse Pie, dreams of winning the grand national at a time when female jockeys were banned. Trained by a former jockey, Velvet’s determination shines through, leaving us with a positive message to never give up on your dreams.
Based on a true story of a horse of the same name, Seabiscuit centers around the life of a thoroughbred race horse who rose to success during the great depression in America. Praised as a life affirming and spirit lifting insight into a popular figure of equestrian history, this film is well worth saving for a rainy day.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Another film that focuses on the narration of the horse itself, this animated hit from 2002 follows the life of wild and free stallion Spirit, as we watch him encounter the human race and find romance in the wild west. The perfect equestrian themed movie for children, you won’t forget this heartwarming tale!
The horse whisperer
Another tear jerking flick, this 1998 movie can be emotional to watch, but remains a must see for equestrian fans everywhere. The film focuses on teenager Grace and her horse Pilgrim who are left traumatised by a terrible riding accident. After enlisting the help of ‘horse whisperer’ Tom Booker, the pair are rehabilitated and their relationship restored, leaving us with a positive, inspiring message.