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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
9:10 pm - Hi! I'm new!

Hi! I'm Lauena and i LOVE horses! My favorite horse movies are Dreamer, Flicka, Longshot, Virginia's Run and Moondance Alexander. I LOVE Dreamer, Longshot and Virginia's Run the best though so far. I also love writing stories about horses. One of my best friends and i just got done writing our first book together. Horses play a huge part in it. I hope to make some new horse fan frends here!

current mood: happy

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Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
12:32 pm - Happy Holidays

The employees of Horse On Course wishes everyone a wonderful Holiday Season.

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Monday, October 1st, 2007
2:18 am

I am cleaning out my Grandparent's basement and came across these old albums and have them up on auction.
CLick the pic for more info:

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Thursday, September 27th, 2007
9:38 pm - 91 WILD HEARTS CAN'T BE BROKEN Icons

I've been making these for a while, not trying to rush on them. I made them in alot of different ways, trying different styles and what not. But I had to give some credit to this movie. It's one of those that you have history with and no every line and every scene of. I grew up watching this in awe. Because it's a true story and the girl who came from that small town, is the same town I grew up in and love still now. It doesn't matter how old I'll ever get, when I see a horse I turn back into that nine year old girl whose fascination with horses was the only matter in the world. That's why I love this movie, it brings back wonderful memories...even now.

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+91 Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken Icons


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Sunday, February 11th, 2007
2:52 am - Great Game
hajincgirl Definately worth checking out, Great members and the owner is always on. Plus it takes very little time to play, maybe 10 minutes a week!

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Sunday, November 19th, 2006
6:30 pm - Icons?

Hey everybody!
I'm a newbie here. I want to know about icons. Do people post horse-movie icons here? Or do you guys know of a community that is designated for such icons? I'm really looking for more horse-icons. I'd also looove to find a "Black Beauty" community... Anyways, this community sounds really awesome. I'm glad I found you guys!

/ Black Beauty fan

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Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
8:43 pm - Lump of Sugar

New Korean horse racing movie:


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Sunday, June 18th, 2006
9:45 am

Horse Lovers UNITE! haha checkthisout! -->


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Sunday, May 21st, 2006
10:29 am - Ruffian movie

A movie about Ruffian is being produced by ESPN!


Coming in second quarter 2007, date and time TBA

Ruffian is the story of the fearless filly who tried her guts out every time she raced. She captured the hearts of thousand of fans who came to the racetrack specifically to see her. In one of racing's greatest decades, the 70's, Ruffian emerged as a true hero. Ruffian was arguably the best thoroughbred filly that ever raced: the horse won all five of the events it entered as a two-year-old in 1973, frequently setting or tying track records, and duplicated that string of successes the following year, taking the filly triple crown. On July 6, 1975, Ruffian was entered in a match race against Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure; partway through the race Ruffian broke a front leg and, despite an operation, had to be destroyed.

May not be uplifting, but it is an amazing story and ESPN will do her justice.

current mood: cheerful

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Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
4:01 pm - Dreamer: thumbs up

Dreamer, by Roger Ebert

One of the most important stories in Sports Illustrated's history was written by William Nack, the great writer about horses and boxing. Nack grew up around racetracks, served in Vietnam, and when he returned noticed something new: A lot of horses were breaking down. In earlier years, it was rare for a horse to break a leg during a race. His investigation met a wall of silence, until one vet talked to him off the record, confirming his suspicions: Owners were using cortisone to deaden the pain of horses that should not be racing, and the broken bones were the result.

When a racehorse breaks a leg on the track, it is invariably put down. Nack's story "Breakdowns" told of the death of one such filly. I heard Nack read it once, at a signing for his book My Turf, and people in the audience were crying. The movie "Dreamer" is based on a true story of the unthinkable: A horse that broke a bone and came back to race again. She was Mariah's Storm, winner of the 1995 Breeders' Cup.

The movie is a well-made use of familiar materials, including the loyalty between a child and a horse that goes back to "National Velvet" (1944) and "The Black Stallion" (1979). It's aimed at an audience of teenagers who may never have heard of those films, and for them, "Dreamer" will be an exciting experience. It has a first-rate cast: Dakota Fanning as young Cale Crane, Kurt Russell as her father Ben, and Kris Kristofferson as her grandfather Pop.

Ben is a trainer for the rich and supercilious Palmer (David Morse). He likes the prospects of a filly named Sonador, which is Spanish for "dreamy"-- close enough to Dreamer, especially since the title refers to Cale. She's at the track one day when her dad tells Palmer he doesn't think Sonador should run: "She doesn't want to race today." Palmer overrules him, the horse runs, and she breaks a leg.

Ben later admits, "If Cale hadn't been with me that night, I'd have left that horse on the track." But Cale is there, and looking at her big sad eyes, her father has the leg splinted and wrapped, and brings the horse back to the stable. This inspires an argument with Palmer, who is forced to regard the results of his own bad judgment. Ben resigns, taking a pay-out -- and the horse.

This is not something he can afford to do. Their farm, which is already "the only horse farm in Lexington, Ky., without any horses," is facing foreclosure. But Sonador mends, and Ben and Pop think maybe she can be bred. That's before Cale gives Sonador her head one day, and the two men watch Cale and the horse flying across the turf.

"We could see if she perks up in a real race," Ben says, almost to himself.

"Could be easy money," says Pop.

This is a long conversation for them, since they weren't on speaking terms, Pop living on his own in a cabin on the property. The saga of Sonador has broken the ice, and now they're talking together and daring to dream. As for Cale, she knows the horse can run and win. And Pop is right: There would be long odds on a horse making a comeback after an injury.

What happens next I will leave for you to discover, including the subplot involving the two Arab brothers who are rival horse owners. What is central is young Dakota Fanning's performance, as a mite of a girl who stands up to be counted. Fanning it is said, appears in every third movie nowadays; she's busy, all right, but that's because she's good, and here she plays Cale as a girl who has watched horses and trainers and grown up around the track and tempers her sentiment for Sonador with an instinct that the horse has more race left in her.

They say girls discover horses right before they discover boys. Whether that represents progress is a question every parent of a teenager must sometimes ponder, but certainly any girl (and a lot of boys) in the target age group are going to make "Dreamer" one of their favorite films.

For adults, the movie offers the appeal of solid, understated performances by Russell, Kristofferson and David Morse, whose villain doesn't gnash but simply calculates heartlessly. And then of course there is the horse racing. If your horse might win but might break the same leg again, you have so much riding on the race that the odds don't really come into it.


current mood: cheerful

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3:38 pm - My Friend Flicka news

Interesting My Friend Flicka Fact: The horse used in the movies for "Flicka" was also a registered American Saddlebred named "Country Encino." She went directly from filming one year to showing in the 5-gaited classes at Santa Barbara National.

My Dead FlickaCollapse )

So, basically, the consequences for the horses dying was that they could no longer use wild horses or film a stampede scene. Protesting of this movie may be found at www.MyDeadFlicka.com

Honestly, if I can find a midnight viewing of this movie I'm going. Although sad that horses have died, anything with animals is unpredictable. It happens. I'm sure that the intent of moviemakers is not to harm animals. I mean, if they do hurt animals, look at all this negative attention, setbacks and money loss they'll receive!


By the way, Ken is now a girl named Katie. I suppose they had to find ways to make it different than the original.

current mood: hopeful

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Friday, July 22nd, 2005
1:25 pm

I was surfing the web when I came across a horse message board. A girl had posted on it, and said that she got to be an extra in the upcoming horse film, Dreamer. She wrote that one of the horses that played Seabiscuit is in it! We'll have to look for horses in it that look like Seabiscuit now. :]

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
4:30 pm

Mr. Ed on the menu

...Why attack Mr. Ed? He's a sweety!!!!

current mood: gloomy

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Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
9:18 am - Dreamer: Inspired by a true story

Hey everyone! Look forward to a new horse movie being released Oct. 21! Dreamer: Inspired by a true story is starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning (a popular child star, who's in War of the Worlds and several other movies).

here is the official website:

It looks well made, which is all I ask for in recent horse movies. Breyer is also making a model of the horse.

The StoryCollapse )

current mood: excited

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Saturday, July 2nd, 2005
5:19 pm - Horsefeathers!

Mr. Ed was a zebra.

Without network backing in the beginning, however, the show's budget was extremely tight. During the filming of the pilot episode, production costs mounted as the recalcitrant horse cast as Mister Ed refused to perform on cue (if it performed at all), resulting in large expenditures to cover the costs of additional training fees and wasted footage.

The producers of the show were ready to throw in the towel and write off the venture when one of the putative Mister Ed's trainers came up with a solution: the nearby Jungleland animal park in Thousand Oaks, California, had a trained Grevy's zebra that was being used in live shows for the park's daily tour visitors. The zebra (a female, called "Amelia" by its Jungleland handlers) was trained to perform many of the same actions (e.g., opening and closing its mouth, stamping its feet on cue) required in the Mr. Ed role, and Jungleland consented to lend her out for a few days' filming.

Amelia worked out fantastically well, exceeding everyone's expectations, and the pilot was quickly wrapped up and sold to the syndication market. The producers made a generous donation to Jungleland in exchange for continued use of Amelia, and she appeared in all the syndicated episodes as well as all the shows comprising the series' entire five-year run on CBS. Amelia retired to Jungleland when Mr. Ed was cancelled after the 1965-66 season, where she lived for three years before being sold at auction when Jungleland closed in 1969.


- So, they're saying that because a zebra is black and white, it wouldn't show up on black and white film? Horsefeathers! You'd still be able to tell if he was a zebra, even in black and white, just like you can tell shading and distinctions.
- You can tell Mister Ed has a blaze, which is impossible for a zebra to have.
- Ed is undoubtedly a palomino. Did they paint the zebra?
- Mr. Ed is obviously taller than an average zebra. (Heavier, too. Zebras can commonly be an average 500lbs while a horse is well over 1,000lbs.)
- His ears are smaller than a zebra's.
- Mr. Ed's head was too dished to be a zebra's.
- Notice a zebra's mane versus a horse's. Zebras do not have forelocks, and their mane stands straight up like a mohawk.
- Notice the difference between the tails of a zebra and a horse.
- Zebras ARE wild animals; one has yet to be truly domesticated. Recently, they filmed a movie called Racing Stripes about a racing zebra. They used a real zebra for a few scenes, but they eventually had to paint a pony because the zebras were so mean. If you stand by a zebra at his shoulder, they can still reach with their hindlegs to kick you.
- A zebra would be much more expensive and need strictly expertise handling.
- The horse that played Ed was Bamboo Harvester.
- There isn't even a picture to show of Ed as a zebra.
- They say the zebra that played Ed was a mare. Ed has a penis!!!!!

The logic is inconsistant. They were on an extremely tight budget, yet a zebra is less expensive than a horse? Please.

And why would they would hire Bamboo Harvester (that happened to look exactly like Ed) just for promotions (instead of training him to paw and move his mouth to replace the zebra)?

The only way I'd find this story feasible is that he was a zorse (horse/zebra cross), which were popular in the 60s. Yet even then they'd have to paint Ed to get his untarnished (and unstriped) palomino coat.

Mr. Ed compared to a zebraCollapse )

current mood: annoyed

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4:01 pm - This is kind of late, but I just found it.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 8) - I Two Step Too, one of 10 horses that
portrayed Seabiscuit in the 2003 movie about the famed thoroughbred,
died Monday at the Kentucky Horse Park. He was 11.

I Two Step Too was euthanized because of a tumor in his nasal
cavity, according to a release from the Horse Park. He had undergone
surgery in December to remove the tumor, but it regenerated itself.

The horse was buried at one of the cemeteries at the Horse Park,
where he'd lived since July 2003.

``This horse was not only very popular with our visitors, but was
greatly loved by everyone who worked with him,'' said John
Nicholson, the Horse Park's executive director. ``The only good
thing about this is that we will continue to see him every time the
movie is shown.''

The Hollywood film about the scrappy racehorse Seabiscuit was
nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture last year.

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3:56 pm - x-posted

Yesterday, I went to the Lake Oswego Riding Club (Oregon) for a level evaluation. The horse I rode there was a Kiger Mustang, and the girl told me that her brother was the model mustang for the Hildago movie! I saw that horse on TV, and he was released into the wild once the film and promoting wrapped. Next time I go to the Hunt Club I'll take pictures.

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3:52 pm - Mr. Ed

I posted recently about theories of getting Mr. Ed to talk. Here are some other supposed methods:

"Peanut-Butter Theory" - Attributed to Alan Young that claims that a piece of soft nylon covered with peanut-butter was shoved under Ed's lip and his attempts to dislodged it caused the lip movement.

"Marionette Theory"
- Claims that an invisible nylon fish-line tied to the horse halter and the horse's lips was pulled to get the equine conversing.

"Shocking Theory"
- Believes that Ed talked because his lips were zapped with short bursts of electricity that irritated his mouth just enough to make his lips move. But, since Lester "Les" Hilton, Ed's trainer was reported to be a very gentle and attentive caretaker, this theory can be put to rest.

Some lesser theories included the lips were animated cartoons; Mister Ed was actually two actors in a horse suit; and Wilbur Post was a ventriloquist and did magical things with his hand.


I still think it was a trick with his halter because I had read that in a book. Also notice that Ed doesn't ever move his tongue as if to lick up the peanut butter.

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
11:20 am - Wildfire

Did anyone see "Wildfire" on ABCFamily last night? They replayed it a couple of times. It was pretty cute, and well made -- especially for being a horse movie. AND it included some hotties.

Honestly, I only watched the first half hour before I began to just tune in and out. I'm 16 and I think it was directed more to tweens. Yet if it's on again, I'll watch it...

In the beginning, a girl was learning to ride, and the guy was like, "You need to learn to talk to the horse not only with your voice, but your hands, legs, and butt..." and she's like, "You want me to talk to this thing with my butt?!?!"

I laughed so hard!

current mood: cheerful

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Thursday, June 16th, 2005
2:39 pm - Mr. Ed

My friend and I had an argument in my truck about how they got Mr. Ed to talk. She insisted it was peanut butter, but I've read that that is just a rumor. My old school had a book about horses in Hollywood, and it said to notice that whenever Mr. Ed talked he had on his halter. Apparently they had put pressure on him through his halter which got him to open his mouth. Knowing this, I was watching an episode and noticed that the halter is always a bit snug around his bridlepath and ears.

Have you heard any other rumors? Peanutbutter is the only one I know of.

<3 Mr. Ed.

current mood: complacent

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