Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  54 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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El Caballo

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The history, ecology, and current plight of the wild horse in North America.

El Caballo

When early Spanish settlers accidentally released wild horses (Equus cabalus) to the continent in the early 1500s, they returned an American original.

Although the remnants of the escaped Spanish horse are protected by the 1971 Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act, each year thousands are removed from public lands across the American West to reduce competition between horses and domestic livestock.

EL CABALLO documents one of the most complex wildlife management issues today. Where do modern wild horses fit in our view of the natural world?

'El Caballo isn't a call to action. It doesn't tell anyone what to think, and it doesn't stake out a high ground or 'right' way to manage. What it does is present a little-known controversy, backed up with a diverse array of opinionated experts, and package it with eye-candy footage that never lets your eyelids sag.' Missoula Independent

'Long considered an 'exotic' species, wild horses occupy a sort of borderland, caught between the mythology of their origins and the reality of their plight today. This is the subject of a new documentary, El Caballo, by Drury Gunn Carr and Doug Hawes-Davis. Known for their hard-hitting documentary films, Varmints and Killing Coyote, Carr and Hawes-Davis approach wild horses with a lighter, albeit no less powerful touch.' High Country News

'An award-winning beautifully videotaped documentary...(T)he history of the horse in America that this film presents is quite valuable...Highly recommended for libraries whose patrons have an interest in American prehistory, history of the West, wildlife, and horses.' Library Journal

'Simultaneously an engrossing exploration of the mysteries surrounding America's 'native vs. introduced' wild horses, as well as a blistering indictment of the BLM's pathetic land management policy.' Prof. Timothy McGettigan, PhD, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University-Pueblo

'A level-headed but powerful presentation... El Caballo provides a quick education on wild horses, with excellent footage and explanation of all aspects of the wild horse issue...El Caballo is timely and portrays an accurate picture of the torment these horses have endured, and still do, at the hands of man... El Caballo is a realistic call to action - A MUST SEE.' Natural Horse


Bronze Plaque Award, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
Finalist Award, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula
Honorable Mention, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
Vermont International Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Big Muddy Film Festival
Artivist Film Festival


Main credits

Kirkpatrick, Jay F. (commentator)
Flores, Dan L (commentator)
Alison, Bob (commentator)
Hawes-Davis, Doug (film producer)
Hawes-Davis, Doug (film director)
Hawes-Davis, Doug (cinematographer)

Other credits

Camera & sound, Drury Gunn Carr, Doug Hawes-Davis; editor, Drury Gunn Carr; music, Ned Mudd.

Distributor credits

High Plains Films

Doug Hawes-Davis

High Plains Films
Doug Hawes-Davis
Associate Producer and Editor: Drury Gunn Carr
Sponsored by the Fund for Animals
Music by Ned Mudd

Docuseek2 subjects

The American West
Grasslands and Prairies
American Studies
Environmental Anthropology
U.S. Government and Politics
Late 20th Century (U.S. History)
American (U.S.) Studies

Distributor subjects

American Studies
American West
Animal Behavior/Communication
Animal Rights
Earth Science
Environmental Ethics
Life Science
Public Lands
Western US


wild horses, animal rights, el caballo, American West, public lands, native species, North America, animals, animal behavior; "El Caballo"; Bullfrog Films

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