Out of everything we’ve written, it seems that the most popular post is our list of horse movies. People really seem to like it & while it’s a great list, it needed some organization. So we’ve categorized them by decade of release.
Today it’s all about horse movies of the 21st Century which has some fantastic flicks to offer like animated favorite Spirit of the Cimarron, Seabiscuit the tearjerker & the inspirational Hidalgo. Each one provides a brief description with links to their IMDB, a clip of the film & where they can be purchased online. Enjoy!
All the Pretty Horses (2000)
Two Texas cowboys head to Mexico in search of work, but soon find themselves in trouble with the law after one of them falls in love with a wealthy rancher’s daughter. Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy.
Horse Crazy (2001)
Three horse crazy kids sneak away to Nevada in the hopes of capturing mustangs to ride home. They have an adventure which ends in outsmarting a ring of horse thieves & returning a prized stallion to his owner.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
Touching Wild Horses (2002)
Touching Wild Horses is the story of a boy who looses his family in car accident and is sent to live with his reclusive aunt who lives on an island and studies horses. They become close and together try to save an orphaned foal.
Virginia’s Run (2002)
The story of a 13 year old girl who looses her mother in a riding accident & is forbidden to ride by her father. In secret she has been visiting the animals & falls in love with a young colt named Stormy who takes to her instantly.
Big Spender (2003)
Big Spender is the story of a man who has habitual trouble with the law. He enters a program for convicts who work with horses & transforms the life of a horse named Big Spender, also transforming his own.
The true story of Seabiscuit, a racehorse in the US during the great depression. Not only does Seabiscuit inspire a nation of down & out citizens, he breathes new life into the man who buys him, the man who trains him & the man who rides him.
Straight from the Heart (2003)
A photographer finds herself disappointed with her life & current relationship. She allows herself to be set up with a horse rancher out west. It’s initially rocky, but through a love of riding they find common ground & warm to one another.
Young Black Stallion (2003)
A prequel that tells the story of Neera who is separated from her father during WWII. While lost in the desert she finds a young colt who she names Shetan. An animal who will later help to restore her grandfather as a trainer.
The tale of an American pony express rider who travels to the Arabian desert with his mustang to race in the Ocean of Fire endurance race. During the race, the mustang shows his true colors against Arabian horses bred for this race.
The Long Shot (2004)
About a single mother who moves her family & her horse to California where she takes a job as a ranch hand at a stud farm. She decides to take a chance by entering into a competition which causes problems for her horse.
Dreamer: Inspired by A True Story (2005)
Inspired by the true story of a horse trainer with an empty barn & financial troubles. He & his daughter save a racehorse with a broken leg, believing that she deserves a second chance. As their family heals the horse she heals them too.
Racing Stripes (2005)
Racing Stripes is a story about a baby zebra, left behind by his circus & found by a former racehorse trainer. The second Stripes sees the racetrack he wants to race & starts an intense training mission with the help of his new master.
The Colt (2005)
Set during the civil war, The Colt is the story of a foal born to a union soldier’s mare. He refuses his orders to shoot the foal because he believes it to be a symbol of hope & keeps the struggling baby alive in the world of chaos.
The Derby Stallion (2005)
The Derby Stallion is a movie about a 15 year old boy Patrick whose parents want him to plan his future. He falls in love with riding and dreams of winning the Grand National on his horse Rusty and trains with that goal in mind.
Thicker Than Water (2005)
A high-powered lawyer learns that her father had a wife before her mother and decides to learn about her fathers previous life. In doing so she meets an extended family and woman who is passionate about saving the horses on her land.
A remake of the 1947 film, Flicka is the story of a headstrong girl who falls for an even more headstrong filly. The horse helps her to overcome relationship troubles with her father & gives her a newfound confidence.
Moondance Alexander (2007)
Inspired by a true story, Moondance Alexander is about a spirited teen who is bored with summer until she discovers an escaped pinto pony. She returns the pony to its owner & convinces him the pony is special enough to compete.
Details the life of the racing sensation Ruffian. A record breaking filly who won against everything she raced until her second season when she suffered a nasty fall. The fall was tragic, not just to her racing career but to her young life.
The Wild Horse Redemption (2007)
At a prison in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, hard-core criminals are given 90 days to tame wild mustang horses. Most of the inmates who volunteer for the program have never even ridden a horse. This is their story.
Every Second Counts (2008)
Every Second Counts is the tale of a girl who is gifted with horses & has the ability to become a champion. She is faced with the tough decision of pursuing her father’s equestrian dreams or going to college & following her own heart.
The Horse Boy (2009)
Chronicles the journey of the Isaacson family as they travel through Mongolia in search of a mysterious shaman who they believe can heal their autistic son. This film delves into the strange world of autism, horses, shamanism & Mongolia.
The Wild Stallion (2009)
A story about two girls, CJ and Hanna. Hanna visits CJ at her ranch & decides to photograph wild horses for a school project. The girls become great friends & learn of a plot that might jeopardize the mustangs.
Flicka 2 (2010)
Horse Crazy Too (2010)
When a prize foal is stolen, two young siblings & their babysitter must work together to catch the thieves before their family’s ranch goes into foreclosure. A dangerous journey lies ahead, but with a little mountain magic.
The Turin Horse (2011)
A Hungarian drama film about a rural farmer who is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse. The film is in black-and-white, shot in only 30 long takes & depicts the repetitive daily lives of the horse & its owner.
War Horse (2011)
This epic adventure is the tale of loyalty, hope & tenacity. Based on the Broadway play & set against the canvas of World War I, this heartfelt story begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse & his young owner.