What is your favorite horse movie of all times?

needed a horse movie that I could watch over and over again in the motor home…can you guess which one we bought last night? Do you have a go-to horse movie you love to re-watch?What is your favorite horse movie of all time?

I always loved The Black Stallion. Even watching it now as an adult I am impressed with how non-verbal the entire beginning is. I love it because it makes the horse/human interaction even more personal.

I try to go to every horsey movie that comes out…even if it is a movie like Hidalgo where I have to poke my husband to get him to stop picking on the movie (he wasn’t a fan of Hidalgo).

I am hoping that when I check the comments on here I will have a complete list of the best horse movies so I can make it my mission to watch them all.


  1. Jenny Northcott on March 20, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I just happened back over this older column and thought you might enjoy the Canadian T.V. series Heartland. It’s main character is a young gal who has a special talent with horses. It’s rich with beautiful scenery of Alberta with the beautiful Rocky Mountains as the backdrop. Sure, it’s a little far fetched sometimes but the basic premise of working with horses in a kinder and gentler fashion is more important. It’s definitely a family show and your boys may enjoy it as well. It is available on Netflix (5 seasons worth with the sixth season currently on TV right now) Hope you get a chance to check it out! I very much enjoy your columns, videos etc. You provide so many woman with a person they can really look up to, both horsey and non-horsey. I totally love how successful you are employing the methods that you do and best of all, your sharing and giving nature!

    • Stacy on March 20, 2015 at 8:19 am

      My family watched the first few seasons of Heartland on Netflix before we moved. I thought about buying the DVD’s for Christmas so we could watch them on the road…thanks for the reminder!

  2. Dona on November 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Smoky with Fred MacMurray, 1946, based on the book by Will James, you will never find a better horse story.

  3. Carrie Oxford on November 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I follow a great photographer in Minnesota who is now doing short films about the relationship of horses and their owners. Her name is Shelly Paulson and one of her films is being featured at the Equus film festival in NY city in November. Check it out and share if you can. I think a lot of us would love to go. I included the link I hope that’s ok. /www.facebook.com/EquusFilmFestivalNYC

  4. Susie McDevitt on October 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I enjoyed Spirit but the glaring mistake in it ( other than horses having eyebrows) was that they show horses lapping up water like a dog rather than sipping.

    • Stacy on October 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      I admit the lapping bothered me too. I thought it was funny that my kids noticed that Spirits eyes were more human (white around them) than horse.

  5. Joyce on October 29, 2014 at 2:17 am

    The Black Stallion series

  6. Karen Montgomery on October 28, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Casey’s shadow was a good one too. With Walter Mathieu.

  7. Susan on October 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    My Friend Flicka, National Velvet,
    Black Beauty, Mr Ed series , lol

  8. Pamela on October 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit. Disney at its best.

  9. Kelsey Myerson on October 28, 2014 at 10:43 am

    My favorite is “Wild Hearts Can Never be Broken”.

  10. Brenda on October 27, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Oh man, where to begin. Along with a lot of the ones mentioned above a few of my favorites are Moondance Alexander, A Leap of Faith, The Horse Whisperer and of course Hildalgo. I am hoping with the lists above I may find a few new favorites.

  11. Carolyn on October 26, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Buck. Great true story.

  12. Karrie on October 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Smokey – the 1966 movie with Fess Parker is my all time favorite. I think it shows the devotion between a human and horse. At the end where they remember each other and he rescues Smokey always brings tears to my eyes.

    • Dona on November 11, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Oh my gosh, cant find the Smoky with Fess, would love to see that one again. I’ve only been able to find the Fred MacMurray one 1946, it is my favorite tho.

  13. PaintedSkyRanch on October 26, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Definitely The Black Stallion, Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Dreamer and Sylvester.are my favorites, but I have also enjoyed all of the others mentioned above. I could watch Secretariat and Sylvester again and again.

  14. Meg on October 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Man from Snowy River (1 & 2), The Black Stallion, Secretariat, Seabuiscuit, and National Velvet…deep sigh!

  15. Wilson on October 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    1.Black Beauty ( original). 2. The Black Stallion. 3. The Horse Whisperer.

  16. Claudia on October 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Flicka, Both the old one and the newer one! And spirit was awesome too 🙂

  17. AO on October 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm


  18. Heather on October 24, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Flicka is my favorie.

  19. Tina B. on October 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Phar Lap for sure and I have seen them all.

  20. Lori B. on October 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    “In Pursuit of Honor” was also a great movie, I haven’t seen it in years and years, but it was heartbreaking.

  21. firnhyde on October 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    My all-time favourite horse movie is probably “Tornado and the Kalahari Horse Whisperer”, but since that is likely only available in South Africa, I’ll say Dreamer. Secreteriat a very close second. War Horse is also heartbreaking and beautiful.

  22. lorrieschoenecker on October 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    May from Snowy River has the best riding scene ever but both 1 and 2 are good. Secretariat is also excellent.

  23. Lorrie on October 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Man from Snowy River 1 has the best riding scenes but both are the best.

  24. Barbara on October 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    ohhh, thank you everyone for some I have not seen! Can’t count the times we’ve watched Secetariat. . . Oh Happy Day! Just have to say I wish Hildago’s shoes wouldn’t have been left on him when he was turned loose at the very end!! argghhhh…..

  25. Rachel on October 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Moondance Alexander!!

  26. Katie Clay on October 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Spirit was my favorite as a kid and I still love watching it. John Wayne and The Cowboys, though it doesn’t totally highlight horses; Man From Snowy River 1, Fury, The Black Stallion of course, War Horse, Secretariat, Hidalgo, Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken and Leap Of Faith, International Velvet, National Velvet, the old Flicka 1 & 2. The new ones aren’t bad either though.

  27. Kate on October 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Well I did have a nice post written and it disappear :/ here are some movies to watch. I asked the question too. http://www.horseforum.com/movies-music-tv/good-horse-movies-431178/

    Touching wild horses
    Black Stallion
    Black beauty
    Wild Horse Wild Ride

  28. Leigh on October 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Has anyone mentioned The Electric Horseman?

  29. Amanda Hoffner on October 24, 2014 at 10:28 am

    War horse is my most recent favorite! Hard to watch over and over but it’s a real heart to heart connection between man and horse.

  30. Shelley Massey on October 24, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Man From Snowy River and Return to Snowy River

  31. shirlee on October 24, 2014 at 8:37 am

    A really old one that is worth watching if you can find it, “Parlap,” one of the best race horse stories of all time!

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