Y’all — times are a little rough right now. We’re all stuck at home a lot more than we want to be, and it can be hard to pass the time. It’s especially difficult when the barn has to close for safety concerns during the pandemic.
While we understand the need for social distancing right now, it doesn’t mean that everything horsey has to stop. There are plenty of delightfully cheesy horse movie options and interesting documentaries to choose from. Enjoy this comprehensive list!
Movie descriptions credit to IMDb.
20,000 Miles on a Horse (2007) This Feature documentary is about the lives of Louis Brunke and Vladimir Fissenko who rode on horseback from the southern tip of Argentina to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. It took them five years to cross 14 countries — and they filmed it all.
American Mustang (2013) A young girl discovers that America’s wild horses are in danger of being wiped off the land they’ve called home for thousands of years, as American Mustang the Movie unveils the compelling story of the wild mustang.
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The Best of the Appleby Horse Fair: A Nostalgic Look at the Famous Horse & Gypsy Fair (1999) When June arrives, it’s time for gypsies and horse dealers to attend the famous Appleby Horse Fair. See living wagons on the road, beautiful piebald and skewbald horses in the River Eden, then singing in the pub and trotting horses on the lanes, together with deals, wheels, carts and laughter.
Black Beauty (1994) The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.
A Cowgirl’s Story (2017) Seventeen-year-old Dusty Rhodes (Bailee Madison) goes to live with her grandfather (Pat Boone) because both of her Army parents are fighting in the Afghanistan war. Dusty attends a new high school where she makes friends with a group that includes Savanah (Chloe Lukasiak), a girl whose father also served in the Army. Dusty convinces her new friends into forming an equestrian drill team that allows them to perform at rodeos and parades. Dusty’s world is turned upside down by the war when her mother’s helicopter is shot down in action and she goes missing. To cope with her fear and helplessness, Dusty enlists the help of her grandfather and friends to put on a special riding performance for her parents and all of the soldiers fighting overseas. The entire town turns out in support of the event, and it becomes an unforgettable experience for everyone.
Chasing Wild Horses (2008) Roberto Dutesco, New York City’s top fashion photographer, captures human beauty everyday. His work graces the covers of everything from Vogue to Victoria’s Secret. Since his childhood in Montreal he has carried with him a singular artistic vision. Wild, long-maned dark horses running though white sand dunes. It took him nearly a lifetime to learn where his vision came from. When he discovered Sable Island he became obsessed with the natural beauty of the untouched and unclaimed wild horses. Through his art, and his Manhattan gallery, dedicated solely to the wild horses of Sable Island, Roberto wants to bring support the various organizations dedicated to preserving the beauty of an island untouched.
Cowgirls and Angels – Dakota’s Summer (2014) Keith Carradine stars alongside a young, popular cast in this inspiring second chapter of the beloved Cowgirls ‘N Angels story filled with heart, horses & high-reaching adventure.
Down the Fence (2017) Each year, horse trainers journey to Reno, Nevada to compete for one of the most challenging equestrian championships in the world. For the trainers, winning means putting food on the table and hay in the barn for another year. For the world, it means another year of survival for a culture at risk and the continued refinement of the art of vaquero-style horsemanship that dates back to the first Spanish missions in California.
A Fine Step (2014) When an expert horseman (Luke Perry) suffers a traumatic accident with his top horse, he overcomes his injury with the help of a young girl who helps rehabilitate him and the horse
Frankel the Superhorse: The Greatest Racehorse of All Time (2015) This is the story of a perfect partnership, between a racehorse named Frankel and a man, Sir Henry Cecil, and how Frankel’s stunning career restored the aristocrat’s reputation for genius. Frankel’s legendary victories made him one of the most expensive stallions of all time. This thrilling story is now told on film for the first time through exclusive access to the people and the horse.
A Gift Horse (2015) Torn apart by the loss of her mother, young Amanda spends time at a ranch owned by a business tycoon. When his spoiled daughter rejects their new horse, Amanda proves that Misty is a true champion and restores her own happiness in the process.
Gypsy Vanner Horse (2009) A select group of Gypsies and Traveling families of the British Isles have devoted generations to developing a special type of horse. The age of motorcars changed the role of the horse drawn living wagon to an elaborate decorative cultural icon used mainly for holidays and festivals. The horses originally bred to pull these wagons have also evolved to compliment the art of the wagons. A chance meeting in England eventually brought these wonderful horses to America and ignited a passion in horse lovers from all walks. A new breed has been established around this magical gentle horse now known as the Gypsy Vanner Horse.
Healed by Grace (2012) Healed by Grace is a charming tale of a faith, friendship, and love. It’s at the darkest of times where these powerful elements of life all come to together.
Healed By Grace 2 (2018) The cantankerous horse trainer known only as Gauff has a dark past – that includes a messy divorce and hopelessly strained relationship with his adult daughter Brandy, who won’t even speak to him. But when Brandy experiences a health scare, Gauff finds himself reluctantly looking after his 14 year old girl granddaughter – whom he was unaware of just days before! It’s an amusing and heartwarming “odd couple” tale of connection and reconciliation set in a scenic and inspiring equestrian setting.
Heartland (2007 -) A multi-generational saga set in Alberta, Canada and centered on a family getting through life together in both happy and trying times.
Herd (2016) We learn from the Herd that when one hurts, we all hurt; we are all here to heal together.
The Horse Boy (2009) A writer documents the journey his family takes to Mongolia to consult with nomadic shamans on the healing of their autistic son.
A Horse Called Bear (2015) After his mother unexpectedly dies, 17-year-old Ethan discovers he is the owner of his mother’s horse – a horse he never even knew existed. He travels cross country to live with his grandparents and investigate the mystery. His grandmother is supportive but his angry grandfather Otto doesn’t seem to want him around. Next door live three children who are taking riding lessons at the same farm where his mother’s horse is boarded. Their lives intersect as Ethan deals with his grief over his mother’s death and the children deal with a neighborhood bully whose father works at the horse farm. The journey for Ethan, Otto, the three children, the bully and her father all revolve around a gentle and faithful horse called Bear who deeply touches all their lives. This is a delightful redemption-themed family movie that will appeal to children, teens, horse-lovers and people of all ages.
Horse Crazy (2001) Three kids, who hope to capture their own wild mustang, outsmart a ring of horse thieves and return a prize stallion to its owner.
Horse Crazy Too (2010) With a little mountain magic, sometimes it pays to horse around!
Horse of the Gypsies (2014) From its origins with Gypsies of the British Isles, through the journey of becoming a cherished breed in America and around the world, this is the story of the horse of the gypsies, The Gypsy Vanner Horse. It is a poetic and artful presentation of equine beauty and human passion.
The Horse Dancer (2017) When financial troubles threaten to shut down a girls horse camp, one of America’s most promising young gymnasts, Samantha Wick, uses her gymnastic prowess to start a horse-dancing team to raise money and save the day.
Horses of Gettysburg (2006) Humans have relied on horses since the dawn of time, but there is no stronger bond than between a horse and rider on the battlefield. Narrated by Ronald F. Maxwell, director of the epic films Gettysburg and Gods and Generals, Horses of Gettysburg captures the relationship between soldiers and their horses.
Horse Rescue Heroes (2020) Horse Rescue Heroes is a new reality TV show about the heroes who rescue horses, overcoming insurmountable challenges that are ever-present in rescuing these large animals and finding loving homes for them. Tawnee Preisner and Payton Christian co-host this exciting show. Together with their team from Horse Plus Humane Society, they will help a horse rescue that is struggling to make ends meet.
A Horse Story (2016) When Monica’s horse, Champion, breaks horse tradition and reveals to her that horses can talk, Monica helps him figure out what kind of horse he wants to be when he grows up and ultimately discovers her own path as well.
Life, Adjusted. (2015) The story of Dizzy and Dr. Jay Komakerk
The Legend of Longwood (2014) A young girl moves from New York to a mythical village in Ireland.
Luck (2011-2012) A television series centered around characters who are tied to the same horse racing track.
Midnight Stallion (2013) 15 year old Megan Shephard and her parents will do anything to save their struggling farm. When the family discovers a wild stallion in a nearby forest they begin to wonder if this could be the answer to their prayers.
Of Women and Horses (2011) One woman’s journey of rebirth is chronicled in this drama, starring legendary actor Bruno Ganz (“Wings of Desire”). Gracieuse is a lost woman, troubled by the horse racing life, who leaves it behind. When she meets legendary horse trainer Franz Mann, though, Grace finds a horse that brings love alive – and the hopes of racing glory.
Our Wild Hearts (2013) A wealthy teenage girl from Malibu falls in love with a beautiful wild mustang, adventure, and the father she has never known in the wild Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Painted Horses (2017) A young teacher with a storied past must win over an impossible collection of kids and become a balm in a troubled town in need of healing.
Path to Glory (2011) It can be said that the history of man is the history of the horse. Nowhere is that more true than in Poland with their beloved Arabian horse.
Penny’s Shadow (2011) During a riding vacation on the island Ameland, a young girl discovers a dangerous horse who distrust people. To prove that the horse isn’t dangerous at all the girl secretly trains the horse to trust humans again.
Rodeo Girls (2013-2014) Follow a group of veterans and rookies fueled by their motivation to win as they travel around the country with their horses and colorful attitudes. The ladies of the rodeo work hard, ride fast and play rough. Their tumultuous relationships, fierce competition and plenty of cowboys leave plenty of drama to go around.
The Saddle Club (2001) Based on the series of popular books for young readers, “The Saddle Club” follows the lives of three aspiring equestrians developing their riding skills at Pine Hollow Stables.
Storm Rider (2013) When her father is put into jail, the spoiled teenager Dani loses everything. Forced to live with her uncle Sam on a farm without horses to ride and to train a sad Dani takes care of a young mule and learns what really counts.
True Appaloosa (2015) A horsewoman sets off to find the truth about the origins of the Appaloosa spotted horse.
Unbridled (2017) Based on true to life stories at Equine Assisted Therapy centers including Corral Riding Center in North Carolina, UNBRIDLED tells a tremendous story of redemption and triumph, with a message of unconditional love, with teenage girls overcoming formidable obstacles and living a fulfilling life in spite of adverse circumstances.
War Horse: The Real Story (2012) Documentary about the roughly one million horses that were used by the British army during the first world war.
The Wild Horse Redemption (2007) At a prison in the high desert 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 trained a horse before, or even ridden one.
The Wild Horse of the Marshes (2015) In the gorgeous natural reserve of the Camargue in France, a jewel of nature among the wildest in Europe, wild horses roam freely. Here, between two tributaries of the Rhône that run down to flow in the Mediterranean, follow the lives of these majestic creatures through the seasons.
Wild Horse, Wild Ride (2011) The Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge is an annual contest that dares 100 people to each tame a totally wild mustang in order to get it adopted into a better life beyond federal corrals.
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All The Queen’s Horses (2017) In 2012, Crundwell was arrested as the largest municipal fraud perpetrator in the nation’s history, embezzling upwards of $50 million as the comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, a city in the heart of Illinois. Rita Crundwell became one of the nation’s leading quarter horse breeders, traveled the world, and threw lavish parties, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and leaving public infrastructure in disrepair. All the Queen’s Horses aims to illuminate this landmark case and bring to light the blatant negligence of auditors and bankers the public relied on to keep their tax dollars safe.
Horse for the Summer (2015) When a family emergency forces a troubled teen to do the wrong thing for the right reason, a community discovers the meaning of forgiveness.
Justin Morgan Had a Horse (1972) The circumstances that lead to the origination of the first American Bred Horse, the Morgan Horse.
Horse Sense (1999) After treating his rancher cousin shoddily in L.A. Michael Woods is sentenced by his parents to spending a month on the ranch with his cousin and aunt.
Ready to Run (2000) A 14-year-old girl who works at a racetrack trains a talking racehorse with issues, transforming him into a winner.
The Young Black Stallion (2003) When courageous young Neera becomes separated from her family in the desert, she chances upon a wild colt. Together they find friendship, trust, and their way back home only to discover her family is about to lose everything!
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training, yet, throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd.
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (2016) A twelve-year-old girl is transported by a magical black stallion to the mystical world of ALBION, where she discovers that she alone is the key to saving an entire race of people.
Bibi & Tina (2014) Bibi Blocksberg is a girl with special powers: she is a witch. With her best friend Tina brings her summer holidays at the riding school. Together the girls are riding every day. But this summer there are quite a few problems.
Free Rein (2017) After befriending a mysterious horse during a summer in the English countryside, 15-year-old Zoe finds the strength to deal with issues she faces.
Heartland (2007 -) A multi-generational saga set in Alberta, Canada and centered on a family getting through life together in both happy and trying times.
Palio (2015) Twice a year the Italian city of Siena goes crazy for the oldest horse race in the world: the Palio. Not your average race: strategy, bribery and corruption play as much a part as the skill of the riders.
Ponysitter’s Club (2017 – ) Join Skye and her Ponysitter pals as they lend a helping hand with the care of horses, ponies and other cute and cuddly animals that come through the Rescue Ranch, all with different levels of care needs.
Rock My Heart (2017) 17-year-old Jana has a congenital heart defect. To defy fate, Jana seeks every challenge, plunges into every wild and dangerous adventure. Her parents does not like that and are even more in constant fear of their daughter.
Spirit Riding Free (2017 – ) The wild west adventures of a free-spirited girl and her wild stallion horse companion.
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Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019) A courageous teenager is determined to resume competitive rodeo months after her paralyzing spinal cord injury.
War Horse (2011) Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.