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14 Best Horse Documentaries

After a long day of riding at the barn, there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with your favorite blanket and watching a horse documentary or film.

The bond between horse and man has created some of the most impactful stories throughout history.

From horse racing to ranch life and Mustangs, these equine documentaries tell the lives of some truly amazing horses and people.

You will be inspired, touched, filled with joy, and even brought to tears after watching these inspiring documentaries.

Most of these can be found/watched on Amazon Prime Video, but some are also on Netflix (unfortunately, not too many).

Here are the best horse documentaries for equestrians:

Harry & Snowman

Harry and Snowman equine jumping documentary

IMDB Score: 7.6

Watch it on: Amazon

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A true Cinderella story, Harry & Snowman follows Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer and Snowman, a rescued Amish plow horse that was headed to a glue factory.

After just two years, the dynamic duo of Harry and Snowman went on to win the Triple Crown of show jumping, beating the top jumpers in the nation.

The pair quickly gained the attention of the media and became sweethearts of America.

From a $80 rescue horse to a champion show jumper, the film documentary of Harry and his beloved Snowman is truly inspiring.

We love the heart-lifting tale of friendship and courage, as a rescue horse turns into a national success.

Buck

Buck, western cowboy documentary film

IMDB Score: 7.6

Watch Here: Amazon

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Buck follows the compelling life of Buck Brannanam, who went from an abusive childhood to a real-life horse whisperer.

Brannanam uses his life experiences in his incredible approach for training horses, where he has found large success.

Throughout the film documentary, Brannanam travels across the country to different ranches giving clinics on natural horsemanship.

He teaches people to communicate with horses not by punishment, but by leadership and sympathy.

We adore this documentary for its honesty, compassion and the stunning relationship between Brannanam and the horses he works with.

Dark Horse

Dark Horse - horse racing documentary

IMDB Score: 7.3

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Dark Horse is the inspirational true story of a group of friends that comes together to breed their own racehorse. Against all odds, their beloved homebred racehorse turns into a champion.

From a small former mining village in Wales, the friends made an epic journey to being the owners of a successful racehorse that went on to beat some of the most elite Thoroughbreds.

After suffering a near-fatal accident, their well-loved colt defied odds to make an amazing comeback.

We find this film documentary to be a must watch, as it is an inspirational true story that will make you laugh, while also warming your heart.

Unbranded

Unbranded horse trekking documentary

IMDB Score: 7.4

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Unbranded follows four men and sixteen Mustangs as they make an epic 3,000 mile journey from Mexico to Canada.

Throughout their trek, they inspire people to adopt one of the 50,000 wild horses and burros held in government captivity.

Throughout this film, there are gorgeous shots of the scenery of the American west as four recent college grads take on a trip of a lifetime with gorgeous Mustangs.

The Mustangs they take along were all adopted through the Bureau of Land Management adoption program.

From the rugged scenes of the American West to the spirit of the Mustang, we find this documentary to be moving and eye-opening.

Frankel the Superhorse: The Greatest Racehorse of All Time

Frankel the Superhorse: The Greatest Racehorse of All Time documentary

IMDB Score: 7.8

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In a true story of a wonderful partnership, Frankel the Superhorse tells the bond between racehorse Frankel and his owner Sir Henry Cecil. Frankel’s incredible career helped restore Cecil’s reputation, as he became a legendary racehorse.

Thanks to his many victories, Frankel became one of the most expensive stallions of all time. This exciting film showcases this one-of-a-kind horse and his loving owner.

Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O’Hyde

Running Wild horses documentary on Netflix

IMDB Score: 7.5

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Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O’Hyde chronicles the journey of one cowboy’s fight to preserve America’s wild horses.

Dayton O’Hyde was a vibrant cowboy, conservationist, writer, and horse lover who dedicated his life to the American Mustang.

Throughout the film, there are breathtaking scenes from the stunning Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota that O’Hyde founded.

We love the inspiring journey this documentary takes us on, from learning all about O’Hyde’s life, to the beautiful horses that roam the sanctuary.

Wild Horse, Wild Ride

Wild Horse, Wild Ride documentary cover on Amazon Prime

IMDB Score: 7.6

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Wild Horse, Wild Ride documents the exciting and challenging journey of the Extreme Mustang Challenge, an event held yearly where 100 people have 100 days to tame a wild Mustang.

Professionals and amateurs alike take part in this event that showcases the incredible transformation of nervous wild Mustangs to trusty companions.

We find this film stunning and inspirational, as it shows the powerful bond horses and humans form.

It shows the passion people have for horses, as well as the patience and dedication that goes into training a horse. Contestants flock from all over the country to compete in this amazing challenge.

Down the Fence

Down the Fence

IMDB Score: 7.7

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Down the Fence follows the journey of horse trainers as they prepare to compete for one of the most challenging equestrian championships in the nation.

This fascinating film chronicles the unique sport of reined cow horse and its importance to preserving authentic cowboy culture.

We find this documentary compelling and captivating, something that every horse-lover will enjoy. It takes a deep look into the partnerships between horse and rider that are formed and the dedication it takes to get to the top.

With an exhilarating look into this little-known sport, you will have a new appreciation for the history of cowboys, that goes all the way back to Spanish missions.

Chasing the Win

Chasing the Win horse racing documentary

IMDB Score: 8.5

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Chasing the Win follows the rise of a long time horse owner, a rookie horse trainer, and their cherished racehorse that makes an incredible journey to the spotlight.

With the fame and success of being a champion racehorse also comes the tough reality of surviving the Sport of Kings.

We find this film uplifting and fascinating, as it shows the challenges and rewards of the horse racing industry.

Dreams really do come true and underdogs can make it to the top, as this exciting documentary shows.

All the Wild Horses

IMDB Score: 7

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All the Wild Horses documents the grueling yet epic journey of the longest and toughest horse race in the world, the Mongol Derby.

The race covers 650 miles of the unforgiving Mongolian countryside that includes mountains, steppe, and desert.

This exhilarating film follows some of the toughest horses and riders, as they test their endurance along the race’s 27 horse stations.

Equestrians all around the world ride Mongolian horses through extreme weather, flooded rivers, and native wildlife, all in the hopes of making it to the finish line.

With adventure, drama, incredible horsemanship, and beautiful scenery, we find this to be a must-watch among horse enthusiasts.

Equus: Story of the Horse

Equus: Story of the Horse

IMDB Score: 7.9

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From the beginning partnerships between man and horse to modern-day equestrians, Equus: Story of the Horse follows the amazing story of horses and our relationship with them.

This stunning mini-series tells the tale of the origins of this beloved species, along with the amazing bond humans have created with horses.

Throughout the two episodes, this documentary explores different horse breeds across the world and how they have adapted to their different environments.

We love all the aspects this series follows, as it tells the story of horses and how they came to be where they are today.

Listening to the Horse

Listening to the Horse documentary film

See it here for free on YouTube.

With over 70 of the top horse enthusiasts from around the world, Listening to the Horse shares stories of people and their horses.

This seven-episode series includes everything from communication, groundwork, young horses, collection, movement and mental health.

With real life experiences and expert advice, we enjoy the educational and inspiring moments throughout the series.

Horse lovers from all walks of the world share their tips and experience from working with these magnificent creatures. It provides valuable information to help you and your horse build a strong relationship.

The Horse Boy

The Horse Boy

IMDB Score: 7.3

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The Horse Boy captures the touching spiritual journey of a couple who seeks horses as a form of healing for their autistic son.

Rupert Isaacson and his wife, Kristen Neff, travel on horseback across Outer Mongolia with their son Rowan as he finds healing in horses.

Rowan forms a special connection with horses and improves after spending time with them. This film will warm your heart, as it shows the wonderful powers that come from horses.

We love this film as it is uplifting and inspirational, something equestrians will appreciate.

The Horse With the Flying Tail

The Horse With the Flying Tail

IMDB Score: 6.4

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The Horse With the Flying Tail follows the incredible journey of Nautical, a palomino horse of stock type with Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred bloodlines.

The Horse With the Flying Tail follows the incredible journey of Nautical, a palomino horse of stock type with Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred bloodlines.

Despite the odds, Nautical went from being a working cow horse called Injun Joe to winning an Olympic gold medal in team showjumping.

Nautical was known for his unique habit of raising his tail in the air while jumping. His time with the United States Equestrian Team was truly special and he became a fan favorite.

We adore this fun and heartwarming film on this spectacular horse, known for his incredible jumping skills.

Also read: 20 Best Horse Movies of All Time

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