In 2007 we set out to make a simple documentary about the connection between horse and man.290 hours of video and over 1000 still images later we have created a 3 part, 3 hour series about our love for horses.
So whether you own a horse, ride or simply admire horses from afar... you will learn a great deal about our relationship with this majestic creature through the centuries.The horse has forever touched our lives. Our story traces our fascination with and connection to the horse, from prehistoric times to modern day and beyond.
And although this connection is hidden deep within our collective conscious its evidence is ever present. So common is this image it has become overlooked, almost invisible. Yet horses are prominent in our art, literature, colloquialisms, our architecture, fashions, our sports, our celebrations and for some, in their every day lives.
So enamored of the many fine qualities horses possess, man often strives to emulate them.
Perhaps poet, Ronald Duncan, put it best…
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
All our history is in his industry We are his heirs, he our inheritance.
Episode one, “The Relationship Begins”, explores our shared history and how it evolved from using the horse as a food source to a partner in building civilization.
Episode two, “Today’s Horse”, details how the thriving, 112 billion dollar equine industry touches all our lives…from employing more people than railroads, broadcasting and fixtures manufacturing to the millions who participate as spectators. Through profiles with professional athletes, celebrities and industry insiders we discover a lifestyle steeped in tradition and an industry moving towards the future.
Episode three, “The Future of the Horse”, reveals how the connection forged so long ago has yet to realize its full potential. Man and horse still learn together, work together and play together but our relationship has evolved. Through their use in therapy, as a green alternative in maintaining open spaces, in farming and logging, and in medical research - horses are as relevant today as ever. Recent studies, developing technologies and the greening of America are shedding new light on the horse’s value to society. The nature and abilities of the horse may lend themselves to larger contributions than ever thought possible.
If you think you’ve never been touched by horses – think again.