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El Caballo (Short Version)

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


A printer-friendly version of this page 30 minutes
Directed by Doug Hawes-Davis
Produced by High Plains Films
Associate Producer and Editor: Drury Gunn Carr
Sponsored by the Fund for Animals
Music by Ned Mudd



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?

Note: This version is shortened from the director's original 54-minute cut and was edited with educational and group screenings in mind, where length is an important factor. The director describes the difference between the two versions as follows:

"The 54-minute version of EL CABALLO includes a more significant discussion about the origins and evolution of horses in North America. It also includes a more in-depth history beginning with the 're-introduction' of Equus cabalus to North America, acquisition and use by Native Americans, and eventual capture and sale by wild horse 'mustangers.' Current management of wild horse populations on public lands is covered fairly well in both versions, but the longer version contains a somewhat more complete picture of BLM management." Doug Hawes-Davis

The short version is included on the DVD of the original version.



Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2002     Copyright Date: 2001
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-914-2




Reviews
"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

"A level-headed but powerful presentation... El Caballo provides a quick education on wild horses, with


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El Caballo (Short Version)


"This is what independent documentary filmmaking is all about." Missoula Independent


Links
www.highplainsfilms.org (The producers' web site)


Awards and Festivals
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival

Subjects
American Studies
American West
Animal Behavior/Communication
Animal Rights
Animals
Biology
Earth Science
Ecology
Environment
Environmental Ethics
Geography
Habitat
Life Science
Public Lands
Western US
Wildlife


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excellent footage and explanation of 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


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