Hollywood

The Great Mystery of the Horse-Human Connection

by Nicole Miller

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I fell in love with horses the way most young girls fall in love with horses — through movies, cartoons, horse figurines and even a wooden rocking horse. I couldn’t get enough. Every company picnic, I’d spend all day on the pony rides. Needless to say, my dad knew this wasn’t a childhood phase. My mother had owned horses, and it must have been in the blood.

When we moved onto property, I was given my very first horse, and it was all over for me. A dozen years, two rodeo queen titles, and eight horses later, I’m still as obsessed, though I’m confined to city limits most days. I now get a lot of my horse fix through blogs such as this one, which is how I’ve come to be the voice in front of you.

Since the day I started cleaning stalls at the age of 12 simply to be around horses, the horse-human connection has fascinated me. It seems to have captured quite a few folks:

Nicole Miller & Grunnion

Nicole Miller & Grunnion

In “Hollywoodland”* and beyond, there are many celebs known for their love of horses:

  • Selma Blair
  • Gisele Bundchen
  • Madonna
  • Christine Brinkley
  • Johnny Depp
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Viggo Mortensen
  • Joe Perry
  • Robert Redford
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Jewel
  • Lucy Liu

My own list:

  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Patrick Swayze (was a champion for the Arabian breed)
  • Russell Crowe
  • Jamie Foxx (anyone catch the fact that he did his own horse stunts in Django Unchained?)
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Queen Elizabeth (she’s still riding!)
  • Captain Kirk – I mean – William Shatner

There are so many more… What is that spark that draws some people to horses (and not others?)

Readers: What is it about horses that draws you in? How would you define the horse-human connection?

*I’m reading a great book about the cowboys who shaped the early movies and I just love calling it Hollywoodland.