NATURE explores the fascinating partnership between animal and human in Horse and Rider.
“Bet Yer Blue Boons” is one of the most agile and intelligent cutting horses in the world, a true champion.
“Rio,” a spectacular polo pony, is a gifted athlete able to sprint at 30 miles per hour, then stop suddenly and turn on a dime.
“Chamont” has the natural talent and physique of a great dressage horse, but also at times a timorous personality that puts a question mark on his future success.
Each of these remarkable animals shares an astonishing trait: the ability to implicitly trust, and perform complex tasks in tandem with, a human partner working toward a common goal. This teaming of horse and rider is arguably the most sophisticated and intriguing example of human-animal cooperation. NATURE explores and illuminates this absorbing phenomenon in Horse and Rider.
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Online content for Horse and Rider was originally posted October 2002.
Production Credits Print
Producer / Director
Music Composed and Produced by
EDDIE FREEMAN and MARTA VICTORIA
LINDA PATTERSON SHARPLEY
Betty, Bento and Martin
Horses In The Hood, Los Angeles
Kentucky Polo Horse Sales
Marcia S. Kulak
Colleen Murphy Logan
Palm Beach Polo & Country Club
Thumbs Up Riding Club, Los Angeles
United States Equestrian Team
United States Polo Association
Stock Footage Provided by:
Running J Productions
National Cutting Horse Association
COMMONWEALTH FILM SERVICES
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Executive In Charge
Working Dog Productions, Inc and Thirteen/WNET New York
This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.
RONNIE GODEANUDirector of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG
About the Writer
David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.
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