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Horseland

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Giddy, girly 'toon doesn't quite hit full stride.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show offers some decent lessons about cooperation and the importance of respecting and caring for animals, but many of the girl characters are fairly shallow and predictably "girly" (boy crazy, into makeup, etc.).

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Some of the girls are a bit boy crazy.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The series is an off-shoot of a popular Web site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this perky cartoon series will appeal to most horse-loving tween girls (and probably a good portion of those who aren't on a pony kick, too), but many boys will probably roll their eyes and dismiss it as a "girl show." Some of the characters are a bit boy crazy and otherwise one dimensional, but young viewers will still walk away with a few decent life lessons.

What's the story?

HORSELAND, which started life as a homemade computer game in 1994 and eventually became a bona fide Web hit (millions of users have signed up to create and care for virtual dogs and horses), is now a full-grown TV colt. The series chronicles the adventures of a group of friends and their beloved horses; together they go on camping trips and other expeditions. Whenever trouble arises (and it inevitably does -- episodes have featured predicaments such as getting trapped in a forest fire) the friends rely on their horses to help save the day.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Many of the human characters are, unfortunately, a bit stereotypical -- the girls are obsessed with boys, makeup, and wisecracks. But they treat their horses with care and respect, which sets a good example for young viewers. And even though there are times when the horses shake their heads at human carelessness, when it comes down to it, they respect the girls right back.

Horseland doesn't exactly break any new tween cartoon ground, but it's a harmless show that kids (especially those infatuated with horses) can relate to, and it always offers a decent lesson or two.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about human and animal behavior. How are the humans and animals in Horseland similar? How are they different? How do humans and animals work together in real life? For kids who use the Web site: Why do you think the producers decided to make a TV show? What do the show and the site have in common? What is unique to each?

TV details

Cast:Bianca Heyward, Dana Donlan, Emily Hernandez
Network:CBS
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Horses and farm animals
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Parent Written byfionnualad November 22, 2014

HORRIBLE

The show I heard (that my daughter was watching) had a horse who was encouraged to diet to be "healthy". Then the horse decided dieting wasn't enough and she better not "eat any food at all". The horse then proceeded to go on an entire monologue rant about, "how if she could just distract herself from food.." The message was awful, the delivery was worse.
Parent of a 3 and 6 year old Written byljv3500 October 8, 2009

Straight from the Horse's mouth!

On one episode recently - talking horses discussing why one was tired and had no energy. The answer the horse gave was "I am trying to loose weight so the other horses won't laught at me in the competition!" OMG what a horrible message to send our children via horses. Will never allow this show to be watched again in my house.
Parent of a 4, 4, and 6 year old Written bycallie1 February 5, 2011

Cute show for kids, but not true to real horsemanship

This is a fun show for my kids to watch and they're four and six. The animal characters are great, and there are some good messages in the show. I would think with all the money that producers spend on these cartoons that they could actually show the kids riding correctly...even something as small as the kids holding the reins correctly. As a riding instructor, I am very disappointed in the horsemanship part of the show. I am watching it right now with my kids and the riding instructor just got off the wrong side of the horse! So it's not a show for kids to watch who actually want to learn about riding...but it could be if the producers paid attention and hired an actual horseman to help.
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