The book it was based upon was recommended to me by a children’s librarian friend who knows I write horse fiction and ride, but I haven’t read it yet. She’s not a horse person, though. Has anyone read the original book on which it was based? I’m disappointed if that’s the case about the film, because I was going to watch it if I ever resubscribed to Netflix.
I’d have to disagree that there isn’t wonderful horse fiction out there, though–the James Herriot books, Jean Slaughter Doty, The Horsemasters, the marvelous British pony genre, as well as plenty of other wonderful contemporary authors. I don’t want to derail the thread, though.
I do agree there are often logistical difficulties, however, in making FILMS about horses, which can be very expensive, and the audience of people who understand all the nuances is fairly small to justify the outlay. Racing films seem a bit easier, because they can always doctor track footage, and show the races from a distance (plus, the scoring of the sport is easier for an outsider to understand).