I think it's a nice movie when I'm in the mood for an animated kid movie. However, I really didn't like the eyebrow and human eye/expression thing. I would have liked to see the horses act more like horses than people. My favorite horse movie is DEFINITELY the Black Stallion, but I also like Hidalgo.
My favorite scene from the Black Stallion, if not all movies, is the desert scene. No dialogue and tacky effects, just a boy and a horse (better to start around 5 minutes in this clip).
I thought this scene was very well done. The backdrop and lighting is gorgeous, and the music complements it perfectly. It is very apparent that the makers of this movie did their homework to understand how horses act as this scene is quite realistic to what an actual horse might do.