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Horse Doctor - Korean Drama 2012

Updated on October 12, 2014

Jo Seung Woo iis making his small screen debut after successfully wrapping his latest musical Doctor Zhivago.

Honestly, I was surprised when I first heard about his casting news, because Jo never ventures himself into a drama, he's very comfortable acting in movies and musicals.

Not to mention that The Horse Doctor is a sageuk drama and it's very lengthy (50 episodes, *jaw-dropped). Even though I shouldn't be surprised that this drama which is also known as The Great Healer is MBC's 51st anniversary drama; why do I get a feeling that this drama can be extended to more than 50 episodes?

The scriptwriter & PD duo are the team which gave us two MBC successful sageuk dramas: 77 episodes of Yi San and 60 episodes of Dong Yi; scriptwriter Kim Yi Young and PD Lee Byung Hoon. PD Lee Byung Hoon is King of Sageuk Drama PD, so I know that we're in for a great long ride.

The leading actress is Lee Yo Won, she left a footprint on my heart playing as Queen Seon Deok, I'm very excited to see her in another sageuk drama - most importantly this is her 2nd MBC Anniversary Special Planning Drama; Queen Seon Deok was MBC's 48th Anniversary Drama and aired in 2009.

Horse Doctor premieres in October 2012 following medical drama Golden Time.

Details, Synopsis & Casts

MBC Horse Doctor
MBC Horse Doctor
MBC Horse Doctor
MBC Horse Doctor


Number of Episodes: 50

Also Known As: The Horse Healer

Original run: October 1, 2012 - March 25, 2013 on MBC every Monday & Tuesday 21.55KST


- Jo Seung Woo as Baek Kwang Hyun

- Lee Yo Won as Kang Ji Nyung

- Lee Sang Woo as Lee Seong Ha

- Kim So Eun as Princess Sukhwi

- Yoo Sun as Jang In Joo

- Lee Soon Jae as Go Ju Man

- Jung Gyu Woon as Crown Prince Sohyeon

- Son Chang Min as Lee Myung Hwan

- Jo Bo Ah as Seo Eun Seo

- Jo Jin Mo as Guru Saam

- Han Sang Jin as King Hyun Jong

Director: Lee Byung Hoon (Dong Yi, Yi San, Dae Jang Geum) | Lee Byung Hoon Official Website

Scriptwriter: Kim Yi Young (Dong Yi, Yi San, Marrying a Millionaire)

Official Website: Horse Doctor

Brief Synopsis

Horse Doctor / Horse Healer is based on a true story of Baek Kwang Hyun. Born in a low class, he initially treats horse, he then gains respect & reputation as a veterinarian and due to his medical talents, he rises to be King's Royal Physician. He studies medical science and acupuncture with Guru Saam who has a deep medical knowledge.

While he's studying there, he develops a feeling for Kang Ji Nyung who is a carefree & compassionate young woman and later on becomes a general doctor. After Lee Myung Hoon sees her talents, he adopted her & it raises her status as a daughter of a noble family.

Unfortunately, fate separates this lovebird. Few years later, they cross path and Kwang Hyun who is in the mission to seek revenge for his father's death learns the sad truth that Lee Myung Hoon and his deceased father had some sort of dark history.

Lee Seong Ha, Lee Myung Hoon's son is a great compassionate Royal Physician and he also develops feeling for Kang Ji Nyung. Even though Ji Nyung has been adopted into his family and is his step-sister, his feeling doesn't disappear. In the beginning, he treats Kwang Hyun as his rival, but as he slowly discovers Kwang Hyun's medical skill, he respects him.

Horse Doctor Character Chart

Horse Doctor Character Chart
Horse Doctor Character Chart

Horse Doctor Press Conference Video

Horse Doctor Casts held their press conference on 24 September 2012 and the casts turned up wearing their beautiful hanbok.

OST List

Horse Doctor OST - Only One MV

Horse Doctor OST List

Horse Doctor OST Part 1 - Released October 10, 2012

1. Only One by Sohyang | English Lyric Translation

Horse Doctor - Awards


MBC Drama Awards - December 30, 2012

- Daesang (Grand Prize): Jo Seung Woo

- Best Actor (Special Project): Jo Seung Woo

- Excellence Actor (Special Project): Lee Sang Woo

- Best New Actress: Kim So Eun


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