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Sex & Nudity

  • Reference to pregnancy (horse giving birth), horses touching their noses to kiss, and the anatomy of the horses is sometimes seen when they roll over or fall (not intended to be sexual; real horses were used in the film), but otherwise there is no sexual content or nudity at all in the film.

Violence & Gore

  • Horses are whipped and beaten with sticks in short scenes throughout, detailing some of the main character's many owners.
  • A boy falls off a horse and hits his buttocks off of a stone bench (meant to be comedic).
  • A horse is seen giving birth.
  • Animal cruelty is a main subject in the film.
  • A horse falls and is later seen with bloody knees.


  • Mild scatological joke (a horse lifts its tail and breaks wind, offending a woman who is painting a portrait).
  • 1 damn

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man smokes a pipe. The ashes are seen falling on the floor of a stable.
  • Two drunk men stumble around and joke about how they need a few more drinks.
  • A horse is fed medicine after taking ill.
  • A man gets drunk and injures a horse.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man is made to stay outside during a blizzard. He is seen shivering and coughing violently, and is later said to have caught an illness.
  • A man nearly drowns after falling in a river, but his horse saves him.
  • A horse appears emaciated and dirty.
  • A horse is seen being carted away, dead by apparent exhaustion and starvation.
  • The entire film is quite gripping emotional and often scary to younger children and sensitive viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A stable is destroyed by a fire. Horses become trapped and are in distress; a young boy runs in to save them, and his own peril, as well as a horse who is friends with the main character, are heavily implied until they both escape minutes later.

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