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Rider Insider: The Best Horse Movies

Horses have inspired brilliant (and not-so-brilliant) cinema over the years. Which movie is your favorite?

June 2, 2014

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One of our most popular articles of all time here on is our 2006 list of the 30 Best Horse Movies. The continued traffic to that page proves that plenty of people are looking for some horsey cinema to enjoy. The sometimes strongly worded disagreement (and occasional whole-hearted agreement) in the comments section shows that people also have very strong opinions on the topic.

The list was limited to 30, which means the editors who compiled it couldn't select everyone's favorite. And now the article is eight years old! Since its publication, the world of equine film has had several notable additions, including War Horse, Secretariat and the documentary Buck.

For this month's Rider Insider, we're recruiting your help in updating this list. Are there any classics that we missed? Are there some newer titles that deserve recognition? Even those movies that aren't exactly Oscar-worthy might still earn a place on the list because of other good qualities. Beautiful cinematography, a few laughs, a compelling plot or—the rare and beautiful Holy Grail of horse movies—accuracy in the depiction of horse behavior or equestrian practices are totally valid reasons for adding a movie to our new and improved list.

So what is your favorite horse movie of all time, and what makes it better than the rest? Click "Submit a Comment" below and let us know your thoughts. Some of the best responses could be included in an upcoming issue of Horse Illustrated!

This month, Noble Outfitters is sponsoring the Rider Insider column in Horse Illustrated with a prize for the selected featured response. If you'd like to be considered for a prize, make sure to include your contact info in the email field of the comment form (emails will not be publicly displayed.)

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Tish    Gig Harbor, WA

11/28/2015 6:15:44 AM

Wow mssed my two favorites, i wanted a horse of my own after seeing the best ever movie Gypsy Colt 1954. Starring Donna Corcoran. My dreamhorse Gypsy. Just imagine your beautiful horse galloping through town to pick you up after school every day
Smoky 1946 with Fred McMurray. The best version of Will James classic. These beautifully filmed color movies are available

Louise    Denmark, AL

10/8/2015 10:33:47 AM

So many great horse movies but the Hallmark movie 'The long shot' from 2006 is definitely missing. An amazing an very touching story!

Rick from Paso    Paso Robles, CA

6/26/2015 10:50:29 PM

Oh my gosh, I must be getting old! My all time favorite is "Smokey the Cowhorse" a Will James story with Fred McMurray - not later one with Fess Parker. It is very very hard to find, I have a copy. About a horse who is trained to be a great cowpony by Fred McMurray and is stolen only to become a champion bucking horse. Fred pursues him and finally gives up after Smokey is injured. Smokey ends up being a junk wagon horse who Fred McMurray sees in the Cheyenne Frontier days parade and recognizes him and buys him and finally takes him home. The other favorite of mine is "Thunderhead, Son of Flicka" with Roddy McDowall. Outstanding movies!

Vincent    Kansas City, MO

5/20/2015 11:59:25 AM

Is their a movie called forty to 1

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