5 Things That Might Have Inspired Your Love of Horses

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1. The Misfits 

We have heards from many of you that the 1961 movie, The Misfits was a catalyst to work towards ending horse slaughter.

The Misfits was written by Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston, and starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift.

While filing for a divorce, beautiful Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe) ends up meeting aging cowboy-turned-gambler Gay Langland (Clark Gable) and former World War II aviator Guido Racanelli (Eli Wallach). The two men instantly become infatuated with Roslyn and, on a whim, the three decide to move into Guido's half-finished desert home together. When grizzled ex-rodeo rider Perce Howland (Montgomery Clift) arrives, the unlikely foursome strike up a business capturing wild horses.


2. Breyer Horses

Many young people grew up with Bryer's collectible horses! For those of us who weren't able to have a horse of our own, Breyer's collectibles made it so that we could pick out and care for our dream animal! 

Breyer horses have become so popular with horse enthusiasts that an anual evented called BreyerFest was created in 1990 and since then has been held annually in July at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. This popular event is a three-day festival for model horse collectors of all ages.


3. Misty of Chincoteague

Misty of Chincoteague is a children's novel written by Marguerite Henry, illustrated by Wesley Dennis, and published by Rand McNally in 1947. Set in the island town of Chincoteague, Virginia, the book tells the story of the Beebe family and their efforts to raise a filly born to a wild horse.


4. Black Beauty - Book and Film Adaptations

Black Beauty is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. The story is narrated in the first person as an autobiographical memoir told by the titular horse named Black Beauty—beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English farm with his mother, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Along the way, he meets with many hardships and recounts many tales of cruelty and kindness. Each short chapter recounts an incident in Black Beauty's life containing a lesson or moral typically related to the kindness, sympathy, and understanding treatment of horses, with Sewell's detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude

The book has been adapted into film and television several times, arguably the most well-known version was put out in 1994. 


5. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

For millenials, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, a 2002 animated movie from DreamWorks sparked the passion for wild horses! The film was written by John Fusco and directed by Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

In the 19th-century American West, a young Kiger Mustang colt, Spirit, is born to a herd of horses. Spirit soon grows into a stallion and assumes the role of leader of the herd, whose duty it is to keep the herd safe. Spirit is a courageous leader but has great curiosity.