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Riding on Horses’ Wings

Reimagining Today’s Horse for Tomorrow’s World

Janet Bubar Rich

The bond between humans and horses is deep. For humans, horses provide freedom. Riding on horses and horse-drawn chariots or carts has allowed humans to go farther and faster than they could on their own. Horses (now high-horsepower cars) are our wings. As a result, their images show up in our dreams and our personal and cultural stories as symbols not only of freedom, but of power, swiftness, nobility, and beauty. Equine images empower us to ride on inner journeys, explore the mysteries of the soul, and carry the human spirit forward. In bringing to life the horse tales of many cultures throughout the ages, Riding on Horses’ Wings is as whimsical and magical as it is inspiring. From the white-winged Pegasus and part-human Centaurs in ancient Greek myths, Epona in ancient Celtic lore, the eight-legged Sleipnir in Nordic tales, and Kanthaka in Buddhist lore, to the many horses in Native American mythologies and today’s literary and fine arts, movies, YouTube videos, and beyond, horses touch our hearts and elevate our imaginations. In this book, Janet Bubar Rich taps into our love of horses and horse tales, inspiring us all to take life by the reins, make the changes needed to improve our lives, and create sustainable futures for horses, humans, and other species on earth, our home.

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9. Contemporary Horse Tales

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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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