Horse People with Alexandra Tolstoy

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Culture Documentary hosted by Alexandra Tolstoy, published by BBC in 2009 - English narration

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Alexandra Tolstoy, a passionate horse-rider and adventurer, explores very different cultures round the world that all depend on and share a deep love of the horse.

[edit] Siberia

Alexandra spends three weeks living with a group of herders, whose long-haired Yakut horses are specially bred to survive the extreme cold. The horse herders live in basic huts in sub-zero temperatures. Their lives revolve around looking after their horses. While they care for them, ultimately they breed them for food. Alexandra has to face up to the brutal reality of how they butcher their horses, which later up on the dinner plate. The programme is a remarkable window into a world seldom seen on camera. Alexandra helps prepare horse intestines for tea, but also enjoys riding through snow-covered forests checking the traps for hares and wolves. She discovers the community's belief in horse spirits as she shares in their ceremonies and daily routines.

[edit] Andalusia

Alexandra journeys to the area around Jerez in Andalusia, where she discovers a world behind the tourist image of Spain. She has a lesson in dressage technique, which she says is the best hour she has ever had horseriding, and meets a family who excel in fighting bulls from horseback. Alexandra also learns how artificial insemination and even surrogate motherhood are now used in horsebreeding. At the Jerez horsefair, she finds herself transformed into a true Spanish lady and finally she undertakes a remarkable horseback religious pilgrimage. The culture Alexandra finds is proud, colourful and traditional - yet full of surprises.

[edit] Montana

Montana is a classic 'cowboys and Indians' country. Alexandra sets off to explore the vibrant horse culture of this area and finds that both communities still share a passion for the horse. She lives on a ranch with a cowboy family and joins in the daily tasks including rounding up and branding cattle, and breaking in horses. Native American Kenny introduces her to bareback riding and the fast and furious world of Indian relay racing. She arrives in time for the Crow Fair - the largest gathering of Native American peoples - and finally faces up to the challenge of taking part in a professional rodeo.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 20 (~3403Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: Q=0.45 VBR 48KHz (~126Kbps)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Number of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 1.46 GB (average)
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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