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10 Best Horse TV Shows & Cartoons for Kids

10 Best Horse TV Shows & Cartoons for Kids

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If you have any horse-crazy kiddos in the family, they are bound to love these horse shows and cartoons. These TV shows are perfect for watching after a long day of horsin’ around.

From classics to new hits, these shows and cartoons are ideal for any kid that longs to spend their days in the saddle. With beautiful horses, great characters, and interesting storylines, they are all well worth watching.

Whether you have little kids or teenagers, there is something to watch for everyone.

Here are the 10 best horse shows and cartoons for kids that are binge-worthy.

1. Spirit Riding Free (2017-2000)

Spirit Riding Free, horse tv cartoon show for kids

Based on the 2002 hit movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Spirit Riding Free is the first TV series in the Spirit franchise. The show was released in 2017 and features eight seasons.

In the show, a 12-year-old girl named Fortuna “Lucky” Esperanza Navarro Prescott moves to the small western town of Miradero. While there, she encounters a wild Kiger Mustang named Spirit Jr., the son of Spirit and Rain. After Spirit Jr is caught, Lucky immediately bonds and frees him from his pen.

Throughout the show, Spirit and Lucky go on adventures with Pru, Abigail, and their horses. Known as the PALs, the girls bond over their love of horses and each other.

Where to Watch: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

2. Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales (2017-2019)

Spirit Riding Free pony tales

Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales is a mini-series that follows Spirit Riding Free in the Spirit franchise. It was released in 2019 and features two seasons.

The series features bite-sized adventures of the PALs and their beloved horses. From camping trips to birthday parties, there is plenty of fun and growing together among the girls. They face new journeys and challenges along the way.

In the second season, the PALs partake in the Frontier Fillies Summer Outdoor Jubilee. This exciting summer experience is full of action, horses, and even a bit of rivalry with the BUDs.

Where to Watch: Netflix

3. Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy (2000- )

Spirit Riding Free riding academy TV show

Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy is the next chapter in the Spirit franchise. It was released in 2020 and features two seasons.

The PALs set off on their next great adventure as they leave their hometown of Miradero behind. Together, the three girls journey to Palomino Bluffs Riding Academy, a prestigious boarding school. At the academy, they are set to learn and further their horsemanship skills.

The new journey brings on new challenges and responsibilities for the girls. From adjusting to school life to making new friends, the girls explore their talents and grow as individuals at their new academy.

Where to Watch: Netflix

4. Free Rein (2017-2019)

Free Rein tv series for kids

Free Rein is a great show for any horse-loving tween or teen. The series was released in 2017 and features three seasons.

In the show, 15-year-old Zoe Phillips, who lives in Los Angeles, spends the summer in England’s mother’s hometown. While there, she bonds with a horse named Raven, who has a wild and mysterious personality. Though Zoe had never ridden before, she learns to ride on Raven and becomes hooked.

Throughout the series, Zoe solves mysteries, makes friends, along with some frenemies and rides. Zoe grows as a person and as an equestrian, as she even competes at horse shows and learns the ups and downs of the sport.

Where to Watch: Netflix

5. Ponysitters Club (2007-2008)

Ponysitters Club tv show

From rescuing horses to friendship, the Ponysitters Club has it all. Released in 2018, the show features two seasons.

The series follows a group of young friends that rescues and rehabilitates horses in need. Skye, whose family owns the ranch, teams up with her friends to help care for the horses and other animals. When her parents are looking to sell Puzzle the pony, Skye and her friends come together to form the Ponysitters Club to help keep the pony at the ranch.

Throughout the show, there is plenty of adventure as the friend group works hard to help the rescue residents of the ranch. They are willing to do whatever it takes to help the animals out.

Where to Watch: Netflix

6. The Saddle Club (2001-2009)

The Saddle Club tv show

The Saddle Club is a classic TV show that many equestrians grew up watching. The show came out in 2001 and featured three seasons.

The iconic series follows three best friends, Stevie, Carole, and Lisa, who form the “Saddle Club.” The three girls ride at Pine Hollow Stables, and though they all have three distinct personalities, they all share a common love for horses. Through teamwork and dedication, they live out their riding goals.

Throughout the show, the girls navigate through life while facing challenges and adventure. There is never a dull moment with the Saddle Club girls, from competing at horse shows to facing their rival Veronica.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video and Peacock.

7. Horseland (2006-2008)

Horseland TV show

Horseland is an animated TV series that takes place at Horseland Stables. Released in 2006, the show features three seasons.

The series follows six girls, Sarah, Alma, Molly, Chloe, Zoey, Bailey, and their beloved horses. Throughout the show, the girls face different real-life situations, from horseback riding to friendship. The girls, though all different, share a mutual love of horses.

A wise collie named Shep, Teeny the pig, and Angora, the jealous cat, join the girls in their adventures. Whether they are at the stables or traveling to a show, life is never boring for the girls of Horseland.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Tubi.

8. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (2011-2019)

My Little Pony horse cartoon show

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a new take on the classic My Little Pony TV series. The show came out in 2010 and features eight seasons.

The show follows Twilight Sparkle as she learns all about friendship in Ponyville from her mentor, Princess Celestia. Twilight, accompanied by her dragon assistant Spike, befriends fellow ponies Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie. Each pony represents a different friendship aspect with magical artifacts known as the “Elements of Harmony.”

Together, the ponies travel all around Equestria to help others in need. In addition to helping others, they also work on strengthening their own friendships.

Where to Watch: Netflix and Hulu.

9. The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972-1974)

The Adventures of Black Beauty tv show

The Adventures of Black Beauty is inspired by the beloved novel Black Beauty. Released in 1972, the show ran for two seasons.

The series takes place in the late 19th century and follows the life of Beauty, a stunning black Thoroughbred. Beauty is adopted by James Gordon, a doctor, and widower. His children, Vicky, Jenny, Kevin, and their friends Albert and Robbie befriend Beauty.

Each week, the children go on different adventures with Beauty. They come across different scenarios and colorful characters, but fortunately, Beauty is always there to help save the day.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

10. Ride (2016-2017)

Ride horse TV series

Ride is sure to be a hit among horse-crazy tweens and teens. The show was first released in 2016 and has two seasons.

The series follows Kit, as she moves from America to England to attend Covington Academy, an equestrian boarding school where her dad has accepted a job. While at school, Kit must overcome her phobia of horseback riding.

While navigating her way through the new school, she makes a new friend TK, the school’s wildest and most stubborn horse.

Throughout the show, Kit faces the challenges of starting a new school in a new country. Fortunately, TK is there to help her grow and learn the art of horseback riding as she makes new friends along the way.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video