Rest Home For Horses 1955

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    Home of Rest for Horses, Borehamwood (Boreham Wood), Hertfordshire.

    Film begins with shots of holidaymakers on the beach - including people asleep in deck chairs. Narrator states that not only people need holidays, so do animals. "The working horse, for example, dependable and willing, he needs a change too from the strains, noise, and bustle of City streets."

    L/S of a group of horses running around in a field. Various shots of the horses exercising and eating. The narrator observes that although the working horse is no longer a part of our everyday life but "even in the machine age, it can never completely die out." Machines can't replace the friendship and companionship that exist between a horse and its master. Various shots of horses being led through the grounds of the rest home. C/Us of horses and L/Ss.

    Secretary of the home Brigadier Kelly - who is himself a Veterinary Surgeon examines a horse's teeth. Various shots of a horse's hooves being checked. The home is also a hospital for sick horses. One of the horses (called Roger) "shakes hands" with his friend the stable-hand. The oldest resident is "Wilbur" and one of the holidaymakers is "Dolly" who is virtually blind but still working. "Tom" is a horse whose owner is a disabled war veteran. Shots of the various horses looking over their stable doors. L/S of barrow loads of hay being wheeled along beside the stables. C/Us of stable-hands putting hay into each stable. M/S of a mother and two small children feeding a donkey called "Judy" in a field. High angle shot of horses being led into a paddock. Narrator states that a holiday like this is an attempt to repay something of the debt we owe to the horse. Ends with a joke about how although the horses have made new friends they don't make rash promises to "keep in touch."

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    01:52:16:00 / 01:55:12:00
    CP 037
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