Recently I have had increased interest in my Free Rein series, a horse book series for 8 – 12 year olds. It just so happens that in July a television series named Free Rein was released. This television series features horses and appears to be aimed at teenagers. And I got to thinking – why not acting with horses as a career? Surely there is the possibility for an acting career with a focus on horses?
This I believe is a niche market, but there are plenty of horse movies out there with young and mature aged actors. Riding may be necessary, or ground work with horses in the movies.
Of course here in Australia, there was the televised version of the Saddle Club, and now it seems a new series in Free Rein is on offer via Netflix. And even shows like Australia’s McCleod’s Daughters featured horses and riding.
Consider too, classic horse movies that have shown on our screens over time:
- National Velvet
- Phar Lap
- The Silver Brumby
- The Man from Snowy River
- The Black Stallion
- War Horse
Acting with Horses as a Career
If you have a love of horses and enjoy acting, then perhaps it may be worth considering combining the two. Obviously acting skills would be required, but to have skills in the area of riding horses and handling them would also be beneficial.
There is nothing more annoying than watching a show with horses in it and to have the acting or the horse riding appear unrealistic! For someone who can act and act capably around horses, that would be appealing for horse related movies and series. And of course, there is always the option of going into work as an equine stunt rider in movies. This is a unique way in which you could turn riding horses into a career.