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Wild Horse Redemption


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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: John Zaritsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E1822W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,642 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wild Horse Redemption" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Wild horses have long roamed the American West. To keep populations stable and sustainable on public lands, thousands of these magnificent creatures are taken from their herds each year and trained, sold, or put out to pasture.

Some of the horses end up in the Wild Horse Inmate Program, through which inmates at the East Canon Correctional Complex (East Canon, CO) learn the non-coercive methods of horse whisperers to tame and train the horses for adoption. THE WILD HORSE REDEMPTION traces the incredible stories of both the horses and the inmates, masterfully intertwining their parallel fates and their mutual struggle towards rehabilitation. The inmates' progress with their horses depends upon their ability to cultivate patience, fortitude, and empathy; interestingly, too, it is through the recognition of themselves in these wild animals that they better understand their own lives. The most stirring moments of this film capture the intimacy forged between beast and man in the dramatic space of the training ring, where both undergo extraordinary transformations.

Beautifully shot in the rugged foothills and big skies of southern Colorado, THE WILD HORSE REDEMPTION takes viewers on an intimate and uplifting journey of freedom, discipline, and redemption.

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As a mustang owner, there is no other horse breed like a mustang.
Nicole M.
Very well done documentry on a very special program for adopting the Wild Horse...The American Mustang.
Thomas Dugan
They have such a strong survival instinct, yet they can be taught to trust and overcome their fear.
Kathryn L. Weaver

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Q. Marchetti on March 8, 2009
Format: DVD
"The Wild Horse Redemption" is a must-see for anyone. I showed this documentary to my high school English classes, and they loved it! The film follows five inmates at the East Canyon Correctional Facility as they tame and train five wild mustangs. By the end of the documentary, the audience feels compassion and hope for both the horses and their trainers. The parallels between man and horse are uncanny, and it is the inmates who actually learn more from the horses even though it is the horses that are being "trained" by the inmates. "The Wild Horse Redemption" warms the heart and shows that we all have the capacity for great goodness if given a second chance.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Koehler on April 29, 2009
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This Documentary brought tears to my eyes!! A must see for every Mustang advocate!!!!!!!.. I hope they make another, and follow up on the men shown in the DVD... The BLM should offer this program to every prison that is capable of doing it...It could take a lot of the unwanted mustangs out of the Holding facilities...This Documentary is right up there with the Cloud Series....If not better, because it shows, in a very humane way that these men and horses are worth something!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 1, 2009
Format: DVD
The Wild Horse Redemption (John Zaritsky, 2007)

Colorado has an excess of wild mustangs. Rather than killing them, the rangers out there round them up in the hopes that people and organizations will adopt them. In order for them to do so, however, the horses have to be domesticated. Someone came up with the rather intelligent idea of having inmates at Colorado's largest prison do some of the breaking work; not only does the State not have to do the work itself (or contract someone to do it at incredibly high prices), but the inmates get a marketable skill that's well outside the usual skills with which people leave prison. While the program has not been an unqualified success on either end of the equation, it has still done wonders. The Wild Horse Redemption looks at this phenomenon by tracing a few weeks in the lives of some of the prisoners and the horses they work with during that time.

The thing that really struck me about this is how stripped-down a documentary it is compared to most of the stuff we get these days; there's no attempt to delve into the past lives of any of the subjects (on either side of the law) beyond brief talks with them. The focus is on the present, the interaction of convicts and horses and how it transforms both. The documentary also doesn't whitewash the fact that this is not a program for everyone; we witness one convict's struggle to gain enough self-confidence to work with the horses over the course of the film. It is juxtaposed against the others, who all seem so comfortable around the animals they might as well have been born on them. It's a constant reminder that this isn't a cakewalk for these guys, and that was probably a necessary component to avoid this movie feeling like a rah-rah session.

Does have a few pacing problems here and there, but then many documentaries do. Good, solid filmmaking, though I'm guessing it's probably less interesting to those who aren't interested in horses. ***
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AVI PELEG on April 10, 2010
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I love this movie and I give it six stares out of five.
As a horse lover and being with horses for many years the relation the common behavior issues and the intimacy of inmates with horses struck me deeply.
From the beginning of Movie the message is conveyed (running the Mustang with Helicopter ,complete terror ) the issue of many horses/mustangs being slaughter in view of managing the population of Mustangs !!! policy which did not convinced me and still does not for many years as the optimal solution, time will tell.
We better give more land to the Horses and Buffalos and maybe control more human ,it is easier to control others ,we should start control ourselves
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Horselover on February 17, 2010
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Very inspiring movie.

Man learned to over come fear, learned patience. Learned they are afraid like a wild horse is afraid. Learned they can be somebody and do some good in the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. SADLER on August 4, 2008
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I was fortunate enough to see a special screening of this wonderful documentary and participate in a question and answer session with the director afterwards! It was a beautifully done movie and hit home on various levels how vital and important horses can be toward rehabilatating humans who have "lost their way". The humans began to have a purpose and more success with life as they "trained" the wild mustangs to become more viable adoptee candidates! As a psychotherapist who uses equine facilitated therapy with clients I can attest to the efficacy of equine and human rehabilitative work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Williams on July 21, 2013
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I had just adopted my mustang Doc from Canon City. This program is pretty amazing. It gives these mustangs a chance at good homes. they are amazing animals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michellesmojoeman on April 10, 2013
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I really liked this and think they should make a second one. i would buy it. Really good for horse people.
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