BY ELISE STEPHENS
At least once in their lives, all past, present, and future equestrians look for that perfect horse TV show or movie. And many equestrians will admit it is actually very hard to find a good show or movie. Today, I’m going to see if Netflix’s Free Rein earns a spot on the equestrian “Must Watch” list.
At first glance, Free Rein is about a city girl that moves to the English countryside for a summer and falls in love with horses. The end, yay! But… if you sit down and watch the show, you’ll find there’s lots of drama going on with horse thieves, racing on beaches, and lots of romance. Realistic? No. Interesting? Yes.
When the show debuted for streaming, I have to admit I went and watched the first season right away. It was a new horse TV show, and I was interested. I wanted a realistic, funny, interesting, and overall, good, horse show to watch. With Free Rein, I had mixed results.
The first thing that made me frown was after only a few minutes of riding, the main character, Zoe, was cantering without hands and stirrups. Then after 1-2 episodes, she starts training a wild horse that even the best rider at the barn can’t ride. There goes realism!
I will say that throughout the show there are many funny moments. Some of Zoe’s best friends, and best enemies, made remarks that make me laugh out loud. Free Rein is also very interesting. Though stealing a horse from a paddock may not happen much in real life, it does make you want to watch the following season(s) and find out what happens.
Overall, Free Rein may disappoint if you’re a full on, serious equestrian looking to find a show that matches all of your own knowledge. However, it is an amazing show if you have a younger sister or relative that’s in the beginning of the horse addiction process or someone who just wants a fun horse show to watch.