Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  47 minutes
Date:  1999
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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Horses of Suffield

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A chronicle of the emotional story of the environmental factors and decisions that spelled the end for Canada's largest herd of wild horses.

Horses of Suffield

For over half a century, the Canadian Army and a herd of wild horses shared a home at CFB Suffield, a sprawling military base near Medicine Hat, Alberta. An odd arrangement, perhaps, but one that seemed to work. The animals and the military managed to stay out of each other's way on the 1600 square kilometre base, which often served as a training ground for the troops, tanks and artillery of the British Army. Today, however, the horses are gone -- victims not of bullets or exploding shells, but of the limited ability of the endangered short-grass environment to sustain their increasing numbers. After much controversy and protest, the 1200 wild horses were rounded up and dispersed across the country in a horse adoption program. Horses of Suffield chronicles the dramatic and emotional story of their fate and explores the environmental factors and decisions that spelled the end for Canada's largest herd of wild horses.

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Citation

Main credits

Bakyta, Nick (film director)
Rankin, Katherine (film producer)
Krepakevich, Jerry (film producer)
Alevizakis, Christine (screenwriter)
Gibson, Elan Ross (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Michel Lalonde; camera, Doug Cole, Ken Hewlett, Michel Ouellette; original music, Rob Hewes.


Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Animals and Animal Rights
Canada
Ecology
Environmental Health
Environmental Geography

Distributor subjects

Animals - Mammals, Environment and Conservation - Animal Life, Environment and Conservation - Pests and Pest Control, Environment and Conservation - Prairies, Geography - Environmental Issues, Geography - Territory: Regional, National Security and Defence - Military Perspectives, Science - Life Systems/Ecology, Documentary

Keywords

Animals - Mammals, Environment and Conservation - Animal Life, Environment and Conservation - Pests and Pest Control, Environment and Conservation - Prairies, Geography - Environmental Issues, Geography - Territory: Regional, National Security and Defence - Military Perspectives, Science - Life Systems/Ecology, Documentary; "Horses of Suffield"; National Film Board of Canada

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