It has been two years in the making and finally the movie Brother Nature, formerly known as Brother In-Laws, is debuting September 9, 2016. I had been contacted by a respected Hollywood animal trainer asking if I could provide horses for a Lorne Michaels film being shot at Lake of the Woods in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I had one week to find, work with, and deliver on-time two horses for this SNL cast of characters that includes actors Bill Pullman, and Rita Wilson. I got lucky tapping two horses already in Klamath Falls owned by two young men who happen to be my husband’s cousins – it was meant to be!! After two days on-set the final shoot with the horses had a midnight call which I freaked out about on the phone with the assistant producer “how am I supposed to walk the horses from the road down the long driveway to the lake in the black of night?” I protested. Well when we showed up the entire road and driveway were lit up with high voltage lighting to the hum of generators running – the horses unloaded and walked down to the set without a flinch.
We were on-set for 6 hours that night and had to move the horses from one location to the next keeping them out of the background between scenes, but what amazing horses these two mares were navigating expensive and complicated equipment, wires, cables, lights etc. with people and contraptions all around us. Both horses did their jobs beautifully in the All-In-One Bitless Bridle which you can see in the official trailer online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh-dTxPn9Pk at the 1:30 mark. The horses had difficult scenes at times as you’ll see in the trailer & movie, but the cast was wonderful gathering around afterwards to calm and nurture the horses letting them know they did a great job.