A Horse Tale

Synopsis: Uptight city accountant, Michael Thompson (Patrick Muldoon), is struggling to raise his teenage daughter Chloe (Mandalynn Carlson) all on his own. So when he gets a call from Cliff Harrison (Rick Herod) to help save their family stables before ruthless bank managers shut them down, he wonders if the country life is just what they need to start over. Michael takes the job, even though he quickly finds out that Cliff's daughter (Charisma Carpenter) is not as keen as the rest of the family (Dominique Swain, Jaren Lewison, Billy Tilk) for his help. But as they search for ways to save the family's legacy, they find a future that they never expected.
Genre: Family
85 min


What are you doing?

You want a burn

and a broken leg?

Goodness. You are as stubborn

as the horse you fell off of.

I thought I could at least

help you out with something

around here, you know.

Oh, Dad, is this

breakfast for dinner again?

You know, you know that.

That's my specialty.

Everybody knows I like

breakfast for dinner.

Besides, it's better

than watching everybody

else work around here.

Oh, well, nothing would take you

away from your real work, Dad.

Which is?

Barking orders at

everyone else, of course.


will you listen to me?

Even with your sister

coming down with Ben

to help out around here,

I don't know if we're going

to have enough help to take

care of the business.

Dad, we'll be fine.

You and Mama raised

me right.

That we did, you know.

But you can't take on

the whole organization

by yourself.

There's just too much to do.

You haven't got enough

arms and legs to take care

of it all.

Dad, we talked about that.

Bottom line, we're just

going to need some more

help here.

This a family operated

and owned business,

and I would like it

to stay that way.

Well, there's a wealthy

young man that could be

part of the family

if you'd just marry him.

You did not

just go there.

Go where?

Dad just wants to marry

me off to save the farm.

That might not be

such a bad idea.


Good morning, Nikki.

Good morning.

So, Mr. Hampton called.

He wants to reschedule

for after the holidays.

Oh, great. See, here we go.

The grand exodus.

Doesn't anybody like

to work anymore?

It's like the holidays

get here sooner

and sooner every year.

You say that like

it's a bad thing.

I can't even begin

to imagine,

what I'm supposed to get

a 12-year-old girl that's

going to make her happy.

Mmm. Maybe some freedom.

Oh, that's funny.

That's funny.

You took a funny pill

this morning, Nikki.

Chloe's school

is on the line.

Michael Thompson.

She did what?

Yes. Yes,

I'll be right down.


Chloe flushed a girl's

phone down the toilet.

Well, Chloe's got

an early holiday, too.

It appears so.

Okay... You know, maybe you

and Chloe need a holiday away,

an escape from all this.

Come on. People don't take

vacations during the holidays.

You know how

expensive that is?

Maybe you could make

a little extra income

while you're at it.

What are you getting at?

My cousins.

They own this horse farm.

Actually, I spent a lot

of time out there when

I was growing up,

and it is in the

middle of nowhere,

but it's great.

It's fresh air

and good food.

Maybe it's just the thing

you and Chloe need.

Are you actually suggesting

that I go do farm work?

Yeah... No.

But my uncle,

he called the other day,

asked if I could

recommend an accountant.

Maybe somebody from my

firm would be interested?

And I didn't think much

about it at the time.

Maybe you guys could

help each other out.

Nikki, you know how many

accounts I have. You know

I can't leave the office.

Aha! But you have this

amazing executive assistant

who knows all your accounts

and actually needs something

to do, since you forbade her

from going on coffee runs.

You send me

the information,

maybe I'll call them.

I promise you,

you won't regret it.

Thank you for

always looking out.

Somebody needs to.

This is beautiful.

Look at that horse.

I said, look

at the horse.

It's beautiful here.


I know I sprang this on

you at the last minute,

and I took you away

from your favorite

TV shows,

but this change is

going to do us good.

It's going to give us

some father-daughter time.

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