Wild horses often symbolize the uncontrollable instinctive drives that can erupt from the unconsciousness—and that many people try to repress. In the film, the horse and a boy form a strong attachment (though the horse still runs wild with his herd.) But local horsemen set out to capture the wild horses. The stallion and his boy rider are pursued for miles; finally they are cornered on the seashore. Rather than submit to capture, the boy and horse plunge into the sea to be swept away. Symbolically, the story’s end seems to represent an escape into the unconsciousness (the sea) as a way to avoid facing reality in the outside world.
—Marie-Louise von Franz on the 1953 French film, Crin Blanc
Jung, Carl. Man and His Symbols. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1964. 174. Print.