TRIVIA: Nelson calls his guitar Trigger after Roy Rogers’ horse.
Now in his late 80s, Nelson is a big supporter of Habitat for Horses, an organisation working to end horse slaughter. A few years ago, he saved 70 from the abattoirs which are now handfed twice daily and roam around his 700-acre property.
Redford, too, is committed to horse welfare and last year teamed with Bruce Springsteen to make The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses. This feature-length documentary tells the story about the country’s wild horses from their turbulent history to their uncertain future. It takes audiences on an odyssey throughout the States to places that few people have seen, with more than 80,000 wild horses on public lands and more than 50,000 in government corrals. It will shortly be showing in cinemas followed by a release to various online services.
“America’s wild horses are fighting their last stand,” says Redford, the documentary’s executive producer. “Increasing competition for our natural resources threatens our wilderness areas, our wild horses and other wildlife species. Horses are interwoven into the very fabric of what is America. What threatens them threatens us all.”
TRIVIA: When filming High C’s release into the wild to ensure he would be caught after this scene, a mare in heat was tied to an off-camera tree. Wranglers snatched the ardent stallion before romance could develop.
At the close of The Electric Horseman, Redford had taken Rising Star to his ranch in Sundance, Utah, where the stallion was cared for until his death at the age of 18.
Costing $12.5 million to make, the film did well at the box office making almost $62 million. EQ
Next month in Equestrian Life’s HORSES & MOVIES: ‘Seabiscuit’ (2003) starring Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges.
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