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.

Not applicable

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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?


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
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Horses and farm animals
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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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.
Teen, 13 years old Written byLaChaton April 9, 2008

Tarnishes the ood name of horseland

It's a good show, it has its flaws, but it's really been a dissapointment to loyal Website players. I've been playing for over a year. when i started the home pgae was neat and proffessional. Now when you go on you hear "let's go to Horseland..." as an obnoxious song and you are bombarded with pretty ponies and unrealistically skinny characters. The characters are not very fun or relateable, but the fact that there are horses make it more enjoyable. They aren't very good at teaching lessons and so try to use the lame pig-dog-cat thing to sum it up at the begginning and end of each episode. Liek I said, the characters are very skinny and all around unrealistic. Yound kids may like it but it's just another of those cartoon shows on Saturday morning, nothing special. I DO however suggest that if your kid likes the show that they join HL online. The JR game is great for little kids and the HL world, though it may have some mean people that play, is thoroughly enjoyable and has entertained me everyday for about a year. I also suggest, that, if your kid like the game, that they upgrade, it's well worth the money. :)
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

You need to watch this show....even if you don't love horses!

I really like this show and I play both sites for it. It's isn't girly, and the girls aren't gah gah about boys I haven't seen one episode with that stuff in it. Same with the makeup.


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