Martin Clunes (principal of the long-running Brit television series, Doc Martin) one-off narrative documentary kicked off by the need for his adolescent Clydesdales (two-year olds, Bruce and Ronnie) to begin their training to do what they're bred to do -- work. We begin with some scenes of his own lovely farm in Devon where his "boys" live, then their transport to Hoof Camp, to begin their training.
I learned a great deal from this seemingly casual, off-the cuff delivery and locations, things about working horses that I never knew, including foot reins, employed by mounted drummers in the Queen's Guard.
|An Amish 12-hitch team pulling a bottom plow.|
In between Clunes takes us back to his "boys" Hoof Camp to check in on their progress. By the end of the program they are ready to begin their work to keep his own farm operating on organic principles.
This was a complete joy to watch.
* The horse was a French breed, trained in France, thus the commands had to be given in French. This is the kind of thing I just love about horses and dogs -- they know their languages as much as humans do. Other horses help teach the new horse who doesn't know the language too.