Horse Girls: Why do Girls Love Horses?
What is it about horses that intrigues little girls so much?
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A heartwarming story about a young girl and her father who adopt a severely injured race horse.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Recommended ages: 7 and older
Where to stream: Hulu, Prime Video, DIRECTV, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube
In this animated family film, a wild horse yearns to be free after he is captured.
Recommended ages: 8 and older
Where to stream: Prime Video, Google Play, Netflix, Vudu
As a young girl struggles with the loss of her mother, she must also work off her debt to a ranch where she cares for a wounded horse.
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Read a book about horses.
There are many kids’ books about horses—both classics and modern—available for children of all ages. A few of these include:
Recommended ages: 5-7
This award-winning picture book tells the touching story of Trixie, a mini horse who worries she’s not big enough to succeed at working on the ranch. A series of misadventures ensue before Trixie realizes how important her role on the ranch actually is.
Recommended ages: 9 and older
Written by Anna Sewell in 1877, this classic novel tells the story of the horse named Black Beauty and his experiences with different masters throughout his life. Told in the first person by Black Beauty himself, the book teaches children the importance of having compassion for both animals and humans.
Recommended ages: 10-14
This modern tale is about a young competitive horse rider who is given the chance to care for a troubled, damaged horse.