American horses are icons. Each breed has a unique story to tell, and each story is a deep part of the American experience. Grounded in historical moments, charismatic people, and singular places, this program takes us on a journey tracing the emergence of these remarkable horses.
Today, wild Mustangs roam Montana's rugged Pryor Mountains–descendants of those horses who arrived aboard ships of Spanish explorers–and are the closest genetic link to the original Spanish stock. From the Appaloosa, bred and revered by the Nez Perce tribe, to the American Quarter horse, perfectly engineered for work on the open range, to the Morgan Horse, whose underdog story is as legendary as they come. Alongside these signature horses are the vivid characters who bring their stories to life: the cowboy, the Mustang trainer, the elder, the breeder, and the naturalist. Whether galloping down the Pony Express trail, battling for mares in the Rocky Mountains, giving birth to new foals in Vermont, or honoring a sacred Native American tradition, these are the unforgettable moments along this journey.
Producer: Bill Murphy, Janet Hess, Thomas Winston
Executive Producer: Fred Kaufman
Production Company: Grizzly Creek Films; The WNET Group; Terra Mater Factual Studios
Production Year: 2022
Copyright Year: 2022
Director: Grizzly Creek Films, The WNET Group, Terra Mater Factual Studios
Narrator: Bill Pullman
Writers: Eric Bendic
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 55 minutes
Number of Episodes: 1
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen