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Synopsis: Robert Vavra, with his artist’s eye and his Hemmingway-type explorer attitude, ventured into the Cammargne of France to film a feral herd of Andalusians, resulting in the film “Such is the Real Nature of Horses.”

This is no “Flicka” or Hollywood movie, although it feels like it because of the quality of the film and the music score. This is a true documentary of horse culture. Social bonding, stallion posturing, courtship behaviors, spatial awareness, dominance and play behaviors are all demonstrated with grace and beauty.

“Such is the Real Nature of Horses” should be seen by every human who loves horses because it will open your eyes to how horses really live, think, feel, and interact. You will better understand the creatures you love in ways that will make you think the next time you go to kiss a nose or put a foot in a stirrup.







Run Time

67 minutes



Directed by

Robert Vavra

Director's Statement

Documentary on the behavior of horses in their natural environment.

Director's Bio

Robert Vavra was born in California and lived there until he was twenty-three years old. In 1958 he went to Europe where he has since spent most of his time. One of the world’s finest photographers, he provided the photographs for James Michener’s Iberia, which became the number one New York Times best-seller. Vavra’s 40 books, translated into eight languages, have sold more than 3 million copies. Vavra divides his time between his ranch near Sevilla, Spain, and the Kenyan Highlands. He lives in El Cajon, CA.

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EQUUS Film Festival - USA - 2015

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