Reimagining Today’s Horse for Tomorrow’s World
9. Contemporary Horse Tales
Chapter 9 Contemporary Horse Tales Horses in Action Popular films reflect issues with which people wrestle and dreams for which they yearn. As such, filmmakers, or mythmakers, never cease to bring horse tales to life and, whether viewing films larger than life in theaters or in diminutive sizes on TV screens and handheld devices, worldwide audiences never cease to be drawn to the dreams these tales evoke. Such notable horses in TV and film as the mighty steed Silver in The Lone Ranger (1933), Black Beauty (1946 film), Trigger in Roy Rogers (1950s), Fury (1950s–60s), Flicka in My Friend Flicka (1943 film and 1950s TV series), Mister Ed (1960s TV series), The Horse Whisperer (1998), Horse Crazy (2001), The Saddle Club (2001 TV series), The Young Black Stallion (2003), Heartland (2007 TV Series), and more, fed and still feed many of our fantasies and love of horses. They are the archetypes of loyalty, friendship, endurance, tolerance, bravery, beauty, and so much more. Each speaks or has spoken to our inner quests to be our best selves. Watching these magnificent horses in action on our portable hand- held devices in convenient locations, on our TV screens in our own living rooms, or as grand cinematic articulations of their stories as they 84 riding on horses’ wings heal after life-threatening injuries and win races against all odds, lifts the human spirit with a vitality that stirs and awakens our imagina- tions. Their abundant portrayals in films and other media reimagine horses...
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