A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Discipline and hard work pay off. Respect for animals. Perseverance in the face of challenges.
Positive Role Models
Subjects are strongly dedicated to the art of befriending and training horses, with a goal of getting every horse adopted to the right family.
Violence & Scariness
Early fearful moments as horses buck, kick, and resist being trained. Some minor discussions about and footage of people being thrown from horses.
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"You little s--t," "Jesus," "God," "kick your ass," "hell, yeah."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wild Horse, Wild Ride is a documentary about training wild mustangs for competition and adoption. There are some fearful moments as horses resist training, a couple brief instances of profanity ("s--t"), and mostly footage of humans slowly winning the trust of these wild majestic beasts as they gear up for the big day. It's an informative and sometimes moving look at the bonding and psychology of horse training, ideal for horse lovers but interesting enough for a general audience. Still, the waxing philosophical and emotional about breaking wild horses could bore younger kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is a remarkable look at the art of training a wild mustang. It reveals how humans and undomesticated animals forge a relationship in an incredibly short amount of time -- that is to say, very cautiously. It's well-shot and provides an intimate picture of the vast reservoirs of patience and hard daily work in earning an animal's trust, to say nothing of the hardship in letting go after all the work is done. There's a lot to appreciate here for anyone who loves horses or simply finds them fascinating. Not addressed is the controversial practice of rounding up wild horses from federal public spaces to be trained in the first place, so animal-rights-leaning parents may wish to discuss the practice's benefits and risks; toward the documentary's end, competition scenes wherein trainers stand on animals and show them off are a bit of a shift from the warm, gentle respect in the first three quarters. But overall Wild Horse, Wild Ride is a heartwarming look at the bonds between people and animals, with a diverse cast of characters of different ages and backgrounds all of whom seem to respect the animals and want the best for them.
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