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Great Family and Kids Movies about Horses

Updated on February 11, 2014

Great Family Movies with Horses

Our family has a Sunday afternoon tradition where we all sit down together and watch a movie on my wife's laptop. It's been a great chance for us to all spend time together and slow down a bit. The girls keep requesting horse movies, so I started this list of the best horse movies we have found.

Dreamer Trailer

Dreamer with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning

This is a heart wrench-er of a story where a racing mare breaks its leg in a race and the trainer rescues it by taking it in to rehabilitate in the hopes of breeding it. The underlying story is between a father and a daughter and following dreams.

Seabiscuit Trailer

Seabiscuit with Toby Maquire and Jeff Bridges

This is the story of an eccentric owner that suffers the cruel loss of a child back dropped against the depression with a class of characters fighting against the odds. The horse is undersized, the orphan jockey is oversized, but has a ton of fight, and the trainer is a bit of a horse whisperer. The story is triumphant and great (Even if Toby Maguire is too skinny to comfortably look at). Also, note the PG-13 Rating, so it's not appropriate for small children.

The Black Stallion Trailer

The Black Stallion

A young boy and a horse are passengers on a ship that sinks and washed a shore of a desert island. The wild horse and the boy develop a relationship and once they are rescued, the black stallion and the boy train to race the horse against the fastest horses in the world. The boat scene is a little scary for small kids, but a classic.

National Velvet

National Velvet starring Elizabeth Taylor is one of the most classic horse movies ever made. It's about a girl that isn't aloud to race, but she dresses up like a boy and enters. You'll have to watch the movie to know how it ends. Our girls loved this one.


The story of the greatest racehorse of all time. It won the triple crown for the first time in 25 years. An inspirational story about a family, and long odds to save a farm comes the true story of a horse with the biggest heart of all time. Great for the entire family.

Secretariat Trailer

Other great family horse movies?

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      6 years ago

      I guess it depends how old your kids are, but my 15 year old horse loving teenage daughter loved War Horse. I wouldn't show it to my four year old though.

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      Paul Edmondson 

      6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Secretariat is a great one. We've seen that. I'll add it to the list.

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      6 years ago from New York, NY

      Great Horse movies listed here but my favorite has to be the story of Secretariat. In 1973 this race horse became a Triple Crown champion and a racing legend that the world will never forget. What I especially love about the movie is that not only was it was a good story, it was one that did not need tragedy or abuse to make it interesting.

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      Jason Menayan 

      12 years ago from San Francisco

      Australian friends of the family always recommended "Phar Lap". (My brother & I were bored by horses, unfortunately)


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