Synopsis: Horses and human beings have been connected by a special relationship for over 5000 years. Besides their obvious uses in battle, as means of transport, a source of food, and as working animals, horses have always played an important part in the ancient myths of human culture. Unfortunately, the joy horses bring to equestrians of our time gets diminished through violent behavior with horses. Some that result in blood traces out of the horses’ mouths. Injuries displayed during world class riding competitions caused through torture tools that can stab, pressurize, slice and suffocate a horse, lead global regulators to discuss but not put any stop to the torture. Instead they debate how much blood may be allowed before disqualifying a contestant.
This film leads us through the life of a foal from birth to six months old. It shows us how perfect the senses of a horse are after its very first breathe in order to survive in the wilderness. It shows us the importance of the mother and daughter relationship. Horses give us humans so much.
So why do thousands of domesticated horses worldwide not surpass the age of five?
Jolanda Ellenberger is a writer and director, known for Sea Level Rising (2009), The Freedom of the Heart – La Liberté du Coeur – The Whole Story and Displacement (2010).
EQUUS Film Festival - USA - 2015