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Synopsis: Horse Shelter Diaries is a new documentary by filmmaker, Donna Wells, whose purpose was to make the public aware that there are healthy viable horses for adoption out at The Horse Shelter in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Nine horse trainers took 9 horses that had never been saddled and ridden and trained them for 100 days then competed at the Gimme Shelter: Trainers’ Rally for Rescues event at the National Day of the Cowboy celebration. Over 1200 people witnessed what a difference a little training can make in the lives of these horse. The individual personalities of the rescue horses and the role of the trainers in their lives is the focus of the new documentary. Most horses end up at the Shelter because they have never been taught boundaries or skills. Wells said she was touched to see that all the trainers were genuinely invested in the welfare of the horses. “These horses are priceless,” trainer Erica Hess told the filmmaker, “and I feel like we’re just mining the gold that is in each of them.”


Equestrian, Documentary





Run Time

65 minutes


Kirsten Clegg
Michelle DeCanditis
Clint Mortenson
Ginger Gaffney
Karen Evans
Rogelio Enriquez
Erica Hess
Joost Lammers

Directed by

Donna Wells

Written by

Donna Wells

Produced by

Donna Wells

Official selection

EQUUS Film Festival - USA

Country of Origin

United States

Production Year


Aspect Ratio



HD Digital

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