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Famous People and The Horses They Love: Daryl Hannah

Perhaps best known for her role as the blonde mermaid in Ron Howard’s film, Splash,” Daryl Hannah appeared in many films throughout the 1980’s, includingRoxanne,” “Blade Runner and Wall Street.”

However, unlike many beautiful Hollywood actresses, Hannah not only lives a life off the grid, but also in harmony with many things, not in the least of which is horses.

In one of her web videos, Hannah demonstrates the safety of her vegetable oil-powered car by licking the gas cap, as her solar-powered ranch hums along quietly. But one thing she is not quiet about is environmental issues.

She has been arrested many times for her protests of mountaintop removal, urban farm demolition and the planned Keystone Oil Pipeline.

But for all of her activism, it seems that the actress feels most at home among her horses.

And to that end, she has been outspoken as well, advocating for the horse’s role as active teacher in equine therapy programs. Additionally, Hannah participated with Moving Cloud Productions and Congressmen Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) to announce and promote the ground-breaking film Wild Horses & Renegades,” which advocated for the preservation of the American wild horse.

The actress’s personal horses are mainly Andalusians and Fresians, and she has practiced liberty and natural horsemanship with the breeds for years.

To see how Hannah works at liberty with an Andalusian stallion herself, watch this video:

And here is a video from, Daryl’s Hannah’s youtube channel, which encompasses all of her sustainable life efforts, and focuses specifically on her work helping preserve and protect horses:

Thanks to the efforts of Hannah and others like her, attention has been brought to the value of sustainability, and human treatment of not only the planet, but those who inhabit it as well, especially the four legged ones.

Famous People and The Horses They Love: Daryl Hannah

Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT

Claire Dorotik-Nana LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in post-traumatic growth, leveraging adversity, and other epic human achievements. Claire has written multiple continuing education courses for Professional Development Resources, Zur Institute, and International Sport Science Association. Claire has also authored multiple books, including:
Leverage: The Science of Turning Setbacks into Springboards and On The Back Of A Horse: Harnessing The Healing Power Of The Human-Equine Bond. For more information about Leveraging Adversity or Claire, visit

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Dorotik-Nana, C. (2012). Famous People and The Horses They Love: Daryl Hannah. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 6, 2020, from


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