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365 Days in Horse Country – Equus

Blog by Michael Stuart Webb | January 10th, 2014

365 Days in Horse Country – Equus

Horse lovers initially rejoiced when they heard a play about horses called “Equus” had opened on Broadway in the early 1970s.  Their rejoicing was soon replaced with disgust when they found out that the play was about a seventeen year old boy who deliberately blinds horses.

“Equus” became a huge sensation, even though it was disturbing, especially for people who care about horses.  Playwrite Peter Schaffer came up with the story after hearing about a real incident where a teenaged boy blinded six horses at a stable just outside of London.

The result is a psychological thriller about a disturbed teenager, a psychiatrist in the midst of a career crisis, and a group of innocent, unsuspecting horses.

The play received the Tony Award for best play in 1975, and it was made into a movie starring Richard Burton.