Famed for its thoroughbreds, Ireland is the birthplace of some of horseracing’s most celebrated steeds. Horses portrays this tradition through the eyes of its hooved protagonists, the people that surround them taking on secondary roles in the narrative. An exploration of equine character, this film paints an intimate picture of a racehorse’s daily life. Training veteran Paul Nolan guides the small but swift Ardalan, the potentially record-breaking Joncol, and the difficult Cuan na Graí on their paths to greatness. Full of grace and promise, these beasts are as charismatic as they are quirky. Blurring the lines of perception between human and animal, Mermin delves into the age-old bond between people and horses.