Netflix: it’s what everybody's watching these days.
And if you’re a horse lover, you’re in luck because there’s plenty of horse-related content to keep you entertained right now. Here are a few recommendations:
Heartland: After an unfortunate tragedy affects young Amy Fleming’s family, she slowly discovers she possesses her now-deceased mother’s ability to aid injured horses as well as maintain good relationships with people who are trying to get by one day at a time.
Free Rein: A 15-year-old from Los Angeles spends the summer at her mother’s childhood home on an island off the coast of England, where she bonds with a mysterious horse.
Walk. Ride. Rodeo.: (Based on a true story) Nationally ranked barrel racer Amberley Snyder barely survives an automobile accident. Now paralyzed from the waist down, she fights to earn back her place in the sport she loves.
The World We Make: Eighteen-year-old Lee, a spirited equestrian and Jordan, an academic and football standout, are at the threshold of building a life together. But their character is tested when racial bias surfaces in their otherwise progressive small town.
War Horse: Young Albert enlists to serve in WWI after his beloved horse is sold to cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.
Rock My Heart: After an adventurous teenager with a heart defect bonds with an unruly stallion, she trains to compete as an amateur jockey in a life-threatening race.
Spirit: This animated movie follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion as he journeys through the untamed American frontier. Encountering man for the first time, Spirit defies being broken, even as he develops a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave. The courageous young stallion also finds love with a beautiful paint mare named Rain on his way to becoming one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Old West.
Fearless: Though it doesn’t directly involve horses, fans of rodeo and bull riding will enjoy this documentary which follows a group of professional bull riders on their journey from Brazil to the Las Vegas Championships to earn money, respect, and titles.
Fishtail: The Fishtail Basin Ranch in Montana is a free-range cattle ranch and a large supplier of beef to such gourmet groceries stores as Whole Foods. This documentary chronicles the lives of the cattle and ranchers during calving season.
Casie Bazay is a freelance and young adult writer, as well as an owner/barefoot trimmer and certified equine acupressure practitioner. She hosts the blog, The Naturally Healthy Horse, where she regularly shares information on barefoot, equine nutrition, and holistic horse health. Once an avid barrel racer, Casie now enjoys just giving back to the horses who have given her so much. Follow Casie at www.casiebazay.com.