O filme começa com a notícia de que um rapaz, no estábulo onde trabalhava, tinha cegado com uma foice os seis cavalos que lá estavam.
" the young man blinds the horses can only be partly answered, but a big part of it is that his parents never adequately teach the boy about sex. So, through a complex series of psychological transferences, the young man sublimates his masochistic sexual interests first onto images of the crucifixion of Christ, then onto horses. Something goes wrong when he finally tries to have sex with a human female, leading to the violence against the horses.
The therapist comes to believe that the young man's bizarre ceremony with horses really is a contact with God or "the gods". The therapist believes most people don't experience the divine or transcendent in contemporary life, so he worries about eradicating it from the boy, even though it is tied up with a perverse ritual that the boy has. Other themes include whether or not someone--even a psychiatrist-- can genuinely help someone who is afflicted with a unique form of inner turmoil.