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Posters and stills for The Horse Healer
by | September 27, 2012 | 64 Comments

Here’s a look at the upcoming 50-episode medical historical drama The Horse Healer, starring Jo Seung-woo as a Joseon-era vet-turned-royal-physician. It’s the big anniversary drama from MBC (usually a sageuk but always a long-running banner drama that gets a big budget) from PD Lee Byung-hoon and writer Kim Yi-young of Dong Yi and Yi San. The posters are your standard fare, but everyone looks beautiful because, well, it’s a beautiful cast.

Jo Seung-woo stars as the affable hero who starts out as a lowly vet, rises to horse specialist, and then eventually to the highest medical profession of the time, as physician to the king. It’s got a pretty epic arc built into the premise, and though medical dramas aren’t my favorite thing, I do think the horse-to-king trajectory is pretty cool, and a nice twist on your regular ol’ doctoring-is-dramatic take in most dramas. It seems most like Dae Jang Geum (cook-to-first-female-royal-physician).

Lee Yo-won plays a woman who defies social norms and conventions, and spends a good deal of her youth dressed as a young man. She eventually becomes a doctor as well, and reunites with her first love (Jo Seung-woo). Lee Sang-woo is the wealthy son of a nobleman who also studies medicine. So poor hero who sleeps in stables and chaebol second lead, yeah? Lee Yo-won was his first love (of course) and he’s a mild-mannered progressive-thinking man. At least there are no jerks in this drama. Maybe there’s enough of those in the political wings of the cast that the doctor trio can be the nice guys.

Kim So-eun plays Princess Sook-hwi, fourth daughter of King Hyojong, little sister of King Hyunjong. She’s spoiled, but starts to change when Jo Seung-woo enters the palace as a physician, and falls in love with him. That’s our main love square, and the drama also stars Sohn Chang-min as Lee Sang-woo’s father and baddie, Yoo Sun and Lee Soon-jae as doctors, Han Sang-jin as King Hyunjong, and Jo Boa as a young widow and yet another love rival for Jo Seung-woo’s affections. That’s a lot of ladies, McHorsey. Well, if there’s anything I’ve learned from TV, it’s that doctors always make time for romance.

The Horse Healer premieres next Monday on MBC.

Via TV Report


64 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Kiara

    Jo Seung-woo <3.

  2. Steamy Bun

    Jo Seung-wooooooo!!!! <3 <3 (I had to one-up you Kiara. : D )

    These posters are gorgeous, and not just because of the beautiful people but because of the costumes (especially Kim So Eun's, wow!) Seriously, if the costumes look as luxurious and gorgeous in the show as they do in these posters, I may watch just for that.

    I'm with you on not being that interested in medical dramas, especially not of the veterinary sort, but there's always a lot of potential for epicness, engaging storylines and fate-defying romances when it's a sageuk. At the same time 50 episodes is so long! I hope this does exceedingly well so that I'll have a reason other than JSW to try watching it.

    • 2.1 Awe

      Steamy Bun: the thing about “one-upping” is that it can always be “one-upped”.

      Jo Seung-wooooooo!!! <3 <3 <3


      totally agree with you about the posters' costumes. if this drama consitently showcases this level of fashion…i'll invest in 50 episodes.

      • 2.1.1 Kiara

        Lol its all good, he deserve all the love he is getting :). I stayed up late last night watching some of his old movies,”The Sword With No Name” with Su Ae. I feel like a zoombie but happy to see his face on the small screen because I havent seen him in a drama and I dont want to watch “On Air”.

    • 2.2 Kiara

      Thats one lucky horse lol.

  3. Denali

    Lee Sang Woo! *0* <3

    • 3.1 jomo


      • 3.1.1 YY

        Hi jomo! The horse is pretty darn goodlooking too.

  4. yammy

    yay lee yo won!! she’s been amazing in all the dramas i’ve watched. I’m glad she’s coming back with such a huge/big drama! 😀

  5. Annie

    KSE looks adorable as does her cat. Is it wrong to watch the show just for her?

    • 5.1 danna

      no, because I totally did that with 1000 BS kisses (ffwded through everyone else’s scenes)

      • 5.1.1 camay

        count me in… ive only watch her part in 1ooo kisses…

  6. Alixana

    I’m probably the only one, but I find Yowon’s acting so bland. She’s not bad per se, but she lacks charisma imo. Her partners are always amazing though

    • 6.1 butterflylion

      No, you’re not the only one! She’s not a bad actress, but she lacks on screen presence + charisma. I want to like her, I just… can’t.

      • 6.1.1 Ara

        Agreed. She’s also not terribly beautiful so I wonder why, with so many pretty and talented actresses in the industry, she keeps getting some plum roles. Hmm.

        • hillah

          Lee Yo Won isn’t only gorgeous but also lucky that she always get a great role in a great drama and she always did her best. Some who didnt’t like her , it’s your problem guys/girls ! eat it !!! LOLLLLLLzzzzzzzzzz

        • AnnaBanana

          I don’t think looks should ever be considered as a requirement or a factor of a leading actress. Everyone has different standards of what “beautiful” should be. I personally think Lee Yo Won is charming in her own way.

          • Ara

            My comment came off as a bit shallow but what I meant is that people tend to be famous in the industry for two reasons: looks or talent. In my very humble and personal opinion, LYW isn’t all that talented. Usually, when that’s the case, beauty can be compensatory – unfair, but that’s life. It’s just hard to explain her career if you don’t see her falling in either category.

      • 6.1.2 Kiara

        Exactly, but Jo Seung-woo, Lee Sang woo and even Kim So-eun I dont wanna miss. I’m excited to see some veteran actors in the mix like Sohn Chang-min. It has been years since I last saw him in a drama.

    • 6.2 jk

      I’m glad the powers that be do not share your view because LYW is the main reason I will put myself through a 50 episode sageuk. I think she’s wonderful, acting and look wise. 🙂

      • 6.2.1 Kreska

        I will also watch only for her. I find her really beautiful and I can’t believe people say she isn’t.

        The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I guess it’s really true hehe

        • jk

          Exactly! Having seen her QSD and 49 days especially up close, the lady is beautiful.

      • 6.2.2 GJ

        same here! This will be my first time to watch a 50 episode sageuk and this is all because of LYW. I just so love her. haha!:)

  7. matinsoleil

    Jo Seung-woo!!! <3 Even if its a 50ep i'll give a try for him!

  8. danna

    Yeah I’m just incredibly torn, I love Jo Seung Woo and Kim So Eun but this premise is so much like every other PD Lee Byung Hoon drama ever…and this is 50 eps, possibly longer if it becomes a ratings hit….also there’s the fact that the Great Seer looks so much more exciting and interesting than this, making it the sageuk I’d much rather follow….darn it….this might be another Dong Yi like watch for me…watching the first 10-12 eps on ffwd and then giving up altogether

    • 8.1 danna

      Also that cat looks so much like Kim So Eun’s own cat, Komengi, I wonder if tis the same….both look incredibly adorable

      • 8.1.1 camay

        kim so eun cat’s name is Kuni.. ggomaenggi is 2pm junho’s cat… but right i guess kse is enjoying her time playing the cat while on break during filming 🙂

  9. canxi

    Those hanboks are soooooo gorgeoussss. Wow! I really like the posters too especially the first one.

  10. 10 girlatsea

    Am I the only one who has never seen Jo Seung-woo in anything before?

    I’m excited! The premise sounds interesting and I don’t mind Lee Yo-won. And who doesn’t love Lee Sang-woo? Crossing my fingers for lots of smiles~~

    • 10.1 Steamy Bun

      I’m sure you’re not the only one since he’s from a slightly older batch of actors as well as being more of a movie actor than a drama actor.

      Allow me to recommend The Classic if you’re at all interested in seeing what the fangirling is all about. I almost guarantee that that movie will make you fall in love with him!

      • 10.1.1 anu

        will recommend “The classic” too…one of my fav movies of all time!!! Still remember the tears I shed for him…lol 🙂

  11. 11 Elise

    Lee Yo-won!!! My favourite… loved her in all her drama. I like her acting because her acting is good… she doesn’t overdo things when she doesn’t need to. Like it’s obvious she’s held herself back when she was acting in 49 days because that’s what the role required.

    She has the most amazing luck! Always get the big roles in the anniversary drama…

    She doesn’t feature high in the looks department, but perhaps that’s why she is chosen for some lead roles… you can’t have the hot babes leading all the time…

  12. 12 Susan

    I’m not much of a sageuk fan, and I tend to stay away from these really long dramas, but with Jo Seung Woo and Lee Sang Woo in it, I may have to check it out.

  13. 13 estel

    I wish Kim So-eun would do a miniseries romcom. She’s been doing daily/family/weekend dramas since BBF, and I’m dying to see her in something more my style.

    • 13.1 grumpy

      You’re not alone! The girl is such a catch and has so much potential. Since I first saw her in Boys over Flowers, I thought she must be big star by now. But too bad, her roles and dramas after BOF sucks bigtime! She always plays a mother, a wife and her partners are always an ajhusshi.

      I’m also hoping that one day she will do a romcom miniseries and have a guy near her age. Maybe, Kim Bum perhaps! Its been ages and yeah! My SoEul heart never died. Haha! 😀

      • 13.1.1 belle

        I know. I hate the fact that she’s constantly being paired with older men. I wish she’d be paired with someone her age in her next project. And yeah, it’d be perfect if she and Kim Bum would play the leads in a drama. It doesn’t matter if it’s a rom-com, melodrama, or action as long as they’re in it together. I’m a SoEul die-hard fan as well. 🙂

  14. 14 jyyjc

    Omg the hanboks are gorgeous.

  15. 15 iluvsmores

    Ah, another sageuk on my to-watch list! Sadly, I probably would have to wait ages for it to be subbed. Kim So Eun looks so pretty in hanbok!

    • 15.1 Ara

      KSE has some really dedicated fans so you may see the drama subbed sooner than you think.

      • 15.1.1 ck1Oz

        Actually the viki subbers signed on for Jo Seung Woo. That guy is an awesome singer and stage actor. Plus film actor.

        That’s why we took on the project. Plus maybe a tiny few for Lee Sang Woo 🙂

  16. 16 topper

    Kim So Eun should get the guy in the end though from the premise her love is not gonna get requited. But it is Kim So Eun!

  17. 17 Noemi

    There’s a cat? I’m in! 😀 Seriously, though, hopefully this gets subbed somewhere in a timely manner because I’m in the mood for a good sageuk and this certainly looks promising.

  18. 18 minty710

    Lee Yo-won!!! <3333 Been waiting for a new project from her~~~! She's such an amazing actress! I really can't wait! TT^TT. <33

  19. 19 hillah

    Lee Yo Won isn’t only gorgeous but also lucky that she always get a great role in a great drama and she always did her best. Some who didnt’t like her , it’s your problem guys/girls ! eat it !!! LOL

  20. 20 YY

    They should take this to a whole new level and have the horse play the lead. Horse learns to talk from picking up speech patterns of the humans tending him. With sheer grit and determination, Horse gallops his way to success and into the heart of the leading lady.

  21. 21 Bella

    So Lee Sang Woo’s bound for heartache again? 🙁
    Sigh.. I’m just hoping this’ll be one of those dramas where 2nd leads can end up together after being rejected by the mains. I love Kim So Eun so I hope she’s not the usual irritating second female lead, a bit spoiled like Princess Minhwa maybe (minus the unrepentant desire to do almost ‘anything’ for the sake of landing the guy.. Lol).
    She and LSW would look great together..imo. 🙂

    • 21.1 grumpy

      I was also hoping that Lee Sang Woo and Kim So Eun will just end up together!! I saw a picture of them sitting side by side in the praying ceremony and they just too look cute!!

      I cant bear LSW bound for heartache again!

      • 21.1.1 mulan

        LSW and KSE ending up together might not possible. But hell yeah! I was also rooting for the two of them!!

  22. 22 alligator

    omg i love lee sang woo. Maybe I’ll watch it when it comes out 🙂

  23. 23 ck1Oz

    I was reading the character descriptions and there is some weighty topics in there. I am so looking forward to JSW since hearing him sing. Yay it’s finally coming after all the different starting dates.

  24. 24 halom





  25. 25 grumpy

    I’m not really a fan of a medical drama and a sageuk! And with these medical +sageuk + 50plus episodes = horse healer, is defenitely not my genre!

    But since Lee Yo Won, Lee Sang Woo and Kim So Eun are in it, I will definitely give it a try!

    The cast are all really pretty pretty!!

    But nooooo! Lee Sang Woo.. when he will ever get the girl? Aww. My poor boy. I’m so sad for him. 🙁

    I love Kim So Eun in Boys over Flowers! So cute and adorable! Can she and LSW just end up together? 🙁

    And it’s true that Lee Yo Won lacks charisma onscreen and her acting is bland but I don’t know but I think she’s pretty effective. I just love her in 49 days.

  26. 26 lily

    ahhhh the beautiful hanbok… i want one but too expensive 🙁

  27. 27 mulan

    I’ll check out on this!

    I’m not not really a fan of Lee Yo Won, but wait!! Did I just read Lee Sang Woo and Kim So Eun is in this drama?! Are they the second leads? Argghh. I don’t know but I’m always into the second leads more than the main actors! 😐

    Reading the characters description I think its impossible for LSW and KSE to end up together, but errr! Why they can’t just end up together!! I can’t bear LSW again in just one sided love and brokenhearted again!!

  28. 28 camay

    kim so eun <3

  29. 29 cocolatos

    lee yo won fighting,,,

  30. 30 geenah

    Lee sang Woo got the girl in Feast of the Gods though he was the second lead! That’s where I met him in the kdrama world.

  31. 31 athena

    Agree with geenah..Lee Sang Woo robbed the leading lady in Feast of the Gods and took the leading guy place. I watched it..more than once, if he is capable doing it once ,he could do it again..( that depends on the writer if he decides to follow the viewers review) Lee Yo Won is an actress that have very good chemistry with her co-star..She might not be able to win everyone heart but I simply love her..all her dramas is top in my list of must watch..Her character here is between Doekman and Bong Dal hee… love her in this 2 dramas. I am looking forward to watch Jo Seung Woo in action..for the very 1st time…Thanks for the beautiful pictures especially the grandiose Hanbok they put on Kim So Eun..hope this will be her breakthrough…

  32. 32 Rovi

    So now we have Lee Yo-won looking every inch as Jang-geum. It’s like “Surgeon Bong Dal-hee” Joseon times.

    And coincidentally, 2 years ago when SBDH was broadcasting here in my place, I watched an FMV of SS501’s “The Love That can’t Be Erased” in YT, and sketched Lee Yo-won’s poses there in uinyeo attire. Didn’t even think that Lee Yo-won would eventually be an uinyeo as her future role. XD

  33. 33 seorori

    Lee Yo Won and Kim So Eun…
    That’s enough to get me onboard !!
    (and I’m not mentioning the male leads here too.)

  34. 34 huama

    another reason why i love saeguks, the beautiful colours of their clothing….

  35. 35 wonderviewer

    Lee yo won make me pick this drama as new favoritte upcoomming
    Even i don’t like saeguk
    But like gong hyo jin . U don’t need tobe preety to be good actrees
    N le sang wooo. Yohooooo! U ar my best second lead
    I already ship u wit lee yo won

  36. 36 Nico

    Well, I can’t wait to see this series… As for LYW, she’s one of my favorites, maybe because Queen Seon Deok.
    I don’t think of her as very beautiful but she does have a very serious beauty fit for heroes, I think, princesses and important females.. I see her playing in Dae Jang Geum sequel.
    She could play both young and mature characters.. I have not seen her as Joseon queen just yet.. let’s see.

  37. 37 jh

    Lee Yowon.. love her very much!!!

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