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Synopsis: The spirit of the horse is powerful force leading the way in this inspiring tale of Native Traditions honoring horses and how an epic journey of hope for the Horse Nation begins when an old broken-down saddle finds its way to a Kentucky barn.


equine rescue





Run Time

17:33 minutes

Directed by

Neta Rhyne

Director's Statement

As a Cherokee elder I understand the important role we play in protecting our planet and all life for the next seven generations. Knowledge is power and education is key to our survival. Filmmaking has provided me the necessary tools to educate and bring awareness to the hard truths we are facing today.

My mission is to shed light on these difficult subjects in a way to encourage audiences to take action and help bring about the change needed for the next seven generations. ~ Neta Rhyne

Director's Bio

Neta Rhyne, an award winning director, producer, and writer, is a proud enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, Direct Descendent of the ‘Trail Of Tears’. Through her Cherokee heritage Neta has a deep rooted connection to the Earth and holds a special bond to the spirit of the horse. Neta founded Thundering Hooves 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2011 to bring awareness to the many hardships horses face today, and the important role we play in protecting the environment.

Through film, art projects, and special events, Neta is able to bring awareness to the plight of horses and the destruction of the environment by the fossil fuel industry. Netas’ Award Winning Documentary Films have garnered the attention of audiences all over the world. The Official Trailer to her most recent Documentary Short Film, “A Horses’ Prayer”, is currently airing nationally as a Public Service Announcement for the SAFE Act 961/S2006, a Bill in Congress that would protect the Global Food Supply and close our borders to Horse Slaughter.

Today Neta continues to be a tireless advocate for the Horses both Wild and Domestic, and stays active in her mission to help protect and save a series of artesian springs that have flowed for over 11,000 years in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. These Springs are now in danger of disappearing forever.

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