Horses That Old Western Stars of B-Films and Their Sidekicks Rode

Updated on August 4, 2017


Trigger first appeared in the film, The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938 starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland under the name, Golden Cloud. He was Miss de Havilland's horse in the film. Roy Rogers bought the Palomino stallion and renamed him Trigger.

Trigger was never bred as many think. Therefore, Trigger, Jr. was not his descendant. Roy rode Trigger in many of his films and in his television series. He is the most famous horse in film history.

Trigger died in 1965.


Silver made 73 films from 1922 until 1942 and was Buck Jones' horse in approximately 50 of those films.

Buck died in a tragic fire along with 491 others in the 1942 Coconut Grove fire in Boston. A party was being hosted at the club for Jones.


Black Jack was originally called Thunder and was ridden by Will Bill Elliott when Elliott was making films as Red Ryder. Lane would take over the part played by Elliott with the same horse.

When Lane became Rocky Lane, he bought the horse and renamed him Black Jack. They appeared in almost 100 films together.


Buttermilk lived from 1941 until 1972. He was a buckskin quarter horse and appeared with Dale in many of her films and throughout her television series.

Many sites on the internet list Dale's horse as Buttercup. Buttercup is a flower that will kill a horse if eaten.


Champion appeared in over 70 films with Gene from 1935 until 1953 as well as Gene's television series.

Champion had his own television series following Gene's titled, The Adventures of Champion in 1955.

However, there were three Champions. The first died in 1947. The third lived to be 42 and died in 1991.


Koko performed in over 30 films as Allen's horse and Rex took him with him to his ranch when he retired.

Koko lived from 1940-1967.


Loco only appeared in just two films with Pancho in 1949 and 1950, but continued to be his horse in the television series, The Cisco Kid from 1950-1956.


Silver was in the only two films as the Lone Ranger's horse that can still be found. More were filmed on the back lots of Republic Pictures, but are not available. Silver would continue to be the Ranger's horse in the television series of the same name.


I can not find the dates of the horse's birth, or death. However, I can tell you that LaRue's horse was Black Diamond and at a later date the name was changed to Rush.


Johnny started out on a white steed called Scout. Later, he changed to a Palomino first named Reno and then changed to Rebel.


Smiley made over 62 films with Gene Autry. He left Gene to make 56 films with the Durango Kid and came back for Autry's final six films. He also spent time with Roy Rogers and Sunset Carson. His horse through all this went through three name changes; Black-eyed Nellie, Ring-eyed Nellie and finally just Ring Eye.


Tony made his debut with Tom Mix in 1917 and they would make 181 films together. Tony did his own tricks and was referred to as, The Wonder Horse.

Tony was the most famous horse in the world until Trigger came along. Tony was born in 1899 and died on October 12, 1942.


White Flash appeared in 20 films with Tex. In Tex's later films, they used different white horses and still referred to them as White Flash, but the real White Flash was too old to play the part. He was put to sleep in 1961.


Will Bill played Red Ryder in the 40's with his black horse, Thunder. Later, Allan Lane would ride the same horse when he took over the role of Red Ryder. Later, when Allen became Rocky Lane, he changed the horse's name to Black Jack.


Cactus was actually Buck Jones' horse, Silver. Jones died in a tragic fire and Carson decided to change the name from Silver to Cactus.

The two made dozens of films together in the 40's before Sunset was fired for showing up at the studio drunk with an under-aged girl. He would never gain back his popularity.


Bob actually used dozens of horses of different colors. Brownie was just one of many. Others were Flambow, Boy, Shiek and Sacks. Brownie may have been his favorite. One can only guess.


When dressed in disguise as the Durango Kid, he rode a white horse named Raider. When out of disguise as Charles Starrett his brown horse was Bullet.

There were two horses playing Raider. One was the real Raider; the other was backup, El Granito.

Raider made 20 films from 1940 to 1952.


Hoppy's original horse, King Nappy was injured in 1939 and replaced by his double, Topper. Topper would be with Cassidy throughout his film and television career until 1954.


Whip's horse, Silver Bullet was later shortened to Bullet and then changed to Rocket because Roy Rogers had a dog in his films named Bullet.

Whip and Bullet only lasted three years as a western film cowboy.


Gabby didn't even learn to ride until age 40. In his films, he rode three horses including Calico pictured here, Eddie and Blossom.

Gabby Hayes was the most famous sidekick in western film history. Since he did not ride that much, his horses were never that famous.


I never could find a photo of Andy on a horse in his western films and to tell you the truth, I don't remember ever seeing him on horseback in any of the films that I watched.

This is a picture of his horse, Joker in the television series, Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok. This article is about horses ridden by stars and sidekicks in the old B westerns, but since Andy was a major part of that genre, I could not leave him out.


There were as many as 4 backups for the real Tarzan who was a trick horse and called Wonder Horse by Ken.

He worked with Ken during the 20's and 30's in films and into the 40's in a circus tour.


Tim rode Duke prior to his entering the military. When he returned to pictures, he rode Shiek, Lightning, Steel and Sundance.

The horses pictured here are Duke and below, Steel.


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      WILLIAM EVANS 3 days ago from GARLAND, TEXAS might have a treasure there in your hands. Take it to an expert pawn shop to get a value. They may have on call someone that is in the business of authentic photos.

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      Dawn 4M8wN5 3 days ago

      I was going through some of my mother's old family photos and found a small old trunk that belonged to my grandfather. He carried it during WWll, among the love letters form my grandmother I found a lot of pictures. One of these pictures is a black and white photo of a cowboy on what appears to be a solid black horse. The horse has a beautiful saddle and head gear. On the back of the photo in my grandmother's handwriting is Lash Larue 1948 -1955, for his acting career I'm assuming. This is not a publicity photo it was in an envelope with a bunch of other b/w that they got developed. I send you a photo shot of it to confirm that it's him.

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      Discovery2020 2 months ago

      Thanks, Con. Been busy writing novels.

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      Con griffin 3 months ago

      more of the same brilent

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      janice mallard 5 months ago

      what was Joe Cartwrights horse name

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      Jerry Noble 5 months ago

      The Lone Ranger had two white horses. The first silver was large, slow, and gentle. The second horse was smaller, faster, but harder to ride. It had a mole on his face. That is how I realized there were two. So I emailed the Lone Ranger Website and was informed I was right.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 10 months ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      John Shultz, thank you for your comment. However, this Hub is about the stars of the B Western films. Randolph Scott and others mentioned above were A film actors. I agree with some of the people referring to Scott and Duke and Newman, etc.. They left out my favorite Western actor as did I....Joel McCrea who made films with Randolph Scott. But, like I said, those were A films and A actors. If Joel McCrea only made westerns that showed up at the Saturday morning theaters along with serials and yo-yo contests then he would have been the first one I mention.

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      WHERE is Randolph Scott's "main" horse??

      Mr. Scott was a hell-a-va better "cowboy / westerner" than many of the "pretends" you featured here,


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      melvinmdo 11 months ago

      what about the Zorro ??

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      charles overton 12 months ago

      in watching tales of wells fargo, i've noticed Dale riding three different horses with a blaze face. Which one was Jubilee?

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      Pat osburn 13 months ago

      I do know that in the movie "the Shootist" John Wayne refers to his horse as "Ol' Dollar "

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      Frank 13 months ago

      But the riding horse style in western movies was not as modern western riding,true?,Could you give me some of information about it?

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      WILLIAM EVANS 16 months ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Well I can no longer find a place to reply at the bottom underneath last comment so will put it here. Question was about a horse named, 'Cyclone'. Don "Red" Barry rode Cyclone when he was the very first Red Ryder on tv. Thank you for your question.

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      Alan Purslow 17 months ago

      Cisco Kid house El diaplo

      Tonto's horse was Scout

      Jack Perrin horse was white and named Twilight

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      Nels 17 months ago

      Wasn't White Cloud the horse used by on of the Indian chiefs? Also who can forget Tonto's Scout?

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      Kir Rich 22 months ago


      “Horse Whisperer” (movie): High Tower, Pie and Rimrock

      “Unforgiven”: Rocket

      Alexander the Great: Bucephalus

      Allen “Rocky” Lane (Voice of Mr. Ed [ Bamboo Harvester was registered name and was a 4-time winner of the Patsy Award aka: Animal Oscar] Was fed peanut butter to make his mouth move. Double was Pumpkin) : Black Jack was originally called Thunder and ridden by Wild Bill Elliott (as Red Ryder). Mesquite, Feather and Banner.

      Andrew Jackson: Truxton

      Andy “Jingles” Devine: Joker had a deep swayback.

      Art Acord in the “White Horseman” : Raven

      Audie Murphy: Rebel

      Barbara Stanwyck as Victoria Barkley in Big Valley: Misty Girl

      Ben Johnson: Bear. Country Gentleman (had a white face). Bingo (galloping stunt double), Steel, both in Wagon Master. Steel also ridden by John Wayne (Tall in the Saddle and The Conqueror), Gregory Peck (Yellow Sky) and Randolph Scott (The Tall T). Ben Johnson also on Steel winning World Champion Calf Roping Title at Pendleton, OR in 1949 in 12.5 sec. Ben Johnson as Sgt. Tyree in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon: Laddie played by Country Gentleman who also played Smoky in The Wild Stallion.

      Bill Boyd (singer) Texas

      Bill Cody: Chico, King

      Bill Tumbleweed Baker: Apache

      Bill Williams as Christopher Kit Carson in Adv. of Kit Carson: Apache, Buckskin

      Billy the Kid: Kid Stewart Moore changed to Dandy Dick by Pat Garrett. Don

      Billy Crystal: in City Slickers: Beechnut

      Black Beauty Movies: Highland Dale 1946, later named Fury for the TV series. Was also in Giant, Wild is the wind, Bonanza, Lassie, My Friend Flicka and Rin Tin Tin. Docs Keepin Time, a Quarter Horse played Black Beauty in the 1994 version and also played a rearing horse in the Busch Beer commercials, in a rock video and was the star of the television series, “The Black Stallion”, “Gulliver” in the film, The Horse Whisperer.

      Bob Baker: Apache

      Bob Denver as Dusty in Dusty’s Trail: Freckles

      Bob Steele: Brownie, Ginger, Rusty, Flambow, Boy, Sheik, Zane and Sacks

      Bob Wills: Clover

      Bobby Diamond as Joey Newton in “Fury”: Highland Dale

      Brenden Frazier as Dudley DoRight: Horse (real name McFly) Brown Horse was Bullet

      Broncho Billy Anderson: Ranger

      Bruce Campbell as Brisco County Jr.: Comet (real name Copper)

      Buck Benny: Cyclone

      Buck Jones: Silver (Doubles were White Eagle and Sandy and two others who also played Silver)

      Buddy Roosevelt: Pardner and Tommy

      Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody): Isham was white horse ridden in the wild west shows. Charlie was his hunting horse who was buried in the Atlantic on the way back from Europe.

      Burt Lancaster in the Scalphunters: Old Fooler who also appeared in the Rounders

      Buster “Flash Gordon” Crabbe: Falcon

      Cameron Mitchell as Buck Cannon in “High Chaparral”: Rebel (aka: Prince)

      Cammie King in “Gone With the Wind” on pony: Mister Butler or Blackie??

      Capt. Miles W. Keogh: Comanche (this horse was the only survivor of the Little Big Horn, aka: Tonka)

      Charles Starrett as the Durango Kid: White Horse was Raider (Backup horse was El Granito). (Brown horse) Bullet.

      Charlton Heston: Domino. As El Cid: Doit played Babieca. As Ben Hur: Altair, Rigel, Antares and Aldebaran.

      Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain in the “Rifleman”: Razor

      Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger: Silver Chief, (Originally called Dusty until Silver Cup Bread took over as sponsor, renamed Silver). Two horses played Silver--the Clayton Moore hand-picked Tennessee Walking Horse White Cloud and the Morab half-Arabian/half-Saddlebred stallion Tarzen’s White Banner, renamed Hi-Yo Silver by the show's owner George Trendle. In 1952 “Hi-Yo Silver” became Silver #2 taking the place of Silver #1 in the television series while John Hart briefly stepped into the role of The Lone Ranger. Silver #2 was trained by the famous trainer and handler, Glenn Randall who also trained Roy Roger’s Trigger. Silver #2 had an opposite temperament from the first Silver being a high strung stallion who was quite skittish of camera sounds. The following year, Clayton Moore returned to take his place as the Lone Ranger and continued to use Silver #2 but Silver #1 would often return to fill the role when scenes required a calm and obedient horse. One such scene in which Silver #1 received the Animal Award of Excellence required Silver to drag The Lone Ranger to water. Silver #1 was used for fear that Silver #2 might shy from the camera sounds and step on Clayton. But for all his skittishness, Silver #2 was the horse that Clayton always toured with and used for publicity events. Silver's TV show stunt double Traveler eventually had a stint as the University of Southern California Trojan horse. Silver was horse ridden by Thomas Mitchell in “Gone With the Wind”

      Chuck Courtney as Dan Reid (Lone Ranger’s nephew) in The Lone Ranger: Victor

      Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates in “Rawhide”: Midnight. In “Bronco Billy”: Buster

      Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie in Cheyenne: Brandy

      Dale Evans: A palomino called Pal in movies, but Buttermilk on TV

      Dale Robertson as Jim Hardie in “Tales of Wells Fargo”: Fargo, Jubilee, Leo Jr., Hannibal

      Dan Blocker as Hoss Cartwright in “Bonanza”: Chub, Ginger, Piute

      Dan Reid: Victor

      Daniel Reed in “Legend of the Lone Ranger: Tex

      David Carradine in TV series “Shane”: Candy

      Dick Foran: Smoke

      Disney’s Spin & Marty: Skyrocket (Ma Rick)

      Don “Red” Barry: Cyclone

      Don Durant as Johnny Ringo: Bingo

      Duke of Wellington: Copenhagen

      Duncan Reynaldo as Cisco Kid: Diablo had two backups. (Reynaldo was born in Romania)

      Eddie Dean: Flash, War Paint, White Cloud and Copper

      Elizabeth Taylor in “National Velvet” (movie): Pie

      Elvis: Rising Sun

      Errol Flynn in Charge of the Light Brigade: Onyx. Twenty five horses were killed during the charge due to the trip wires. Flynn was outraged and notified the papers, but nothing was done.

      Forrest Tucker as Mr. Callahan in Dusty’s Trails: Blarney

      Fred Scott: White Dust

      Fred Scott: White Flash

      Fred Thomson: Silver King

      Gail Davis as Annie Oakley: Target (Daisy was the double). Little bro Tagg: Amigo colt Pixie

      Gary Cooper “The Westerner” Old Blue. Buck

      Gen. Philip Sheridan: Rienzi and Winchester

      Gene Autry: Champion, Champion Jr.and Little Champion (Gene has FIVE stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame) Champion’s hoof prints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

      Gene Barry as Bat Masterson: Stardust

      George “Gabby” Hayes: Calico, Eddie and Blossom (Hayes learned to ride when he was 40!)

      George Armstrong Custer: Vic (died at the Little Big Horn)

      George Houston as the Lone Rider: Shamrock

      George O’Brien: Mike

      George Washington: Nelson

      Glenn Ford: Jelly

      Gregory Peck: “Big Country” Old Thunder. “Duel in the Sun” Dice

      Guy Madison as Wild Bill Hickok: Buckshot

      Guy Williams as TV Zorro: Tornado (black horse). Phantom (white horse, real name Dynamite). Daisey the mule was also a regular on the show.

      Harry Carey Jr.: Billy

      Harry Carey: Sunny

      Harry Morgan as Col. Sherman Potter in “MASH”: Sophie

      Henry Darrow as Manolito Montoya in “High Chaparral”: Diablo, Makado, Flax

      Hoot Gibson: Mutt, Goldie (All Around Champion Cowboy Pendleton Rodeo 1912)

      Hugh O’Brian as Wyatt Earp in “Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp”: Candy

      Jack (Addison) Randall: Rusty

      Jack Holt: Robin Hood

      Jack Hoxie: Scout, Fender, Dynamite

      Jack Luden: Pal

      Jack Nicholson in “Goin’ South” Old Speed

      Jack Perrin: Starlight

      Jack Randall (brother of Robert Livingston) Rusty

      James Arness as Marshall Dillon in “Gunsmoke”: Buck (aka: Dunny Waggoner) (See Lorne Greene in “Bonanza” Horse sold to Greene

      James Brolin “Bad Jim”: Bad Jim (Billy the Kid’s horse in movie)

      James Garner as Bret Maverick: El Loaner. “Maverick” (1994 movie) had a horse named Ollie and a burro named Arthur.

      James Sikking as Lt. Howard Hunter in “Hill Street Blues”: Apollo

      James Stacy as Johnny Lancer in “Lancer”: Barranca

      Jan Merlin as Lt. Cullen Kirby in “Rough Riders”: Joker

      Jay Silverheels (Mohawk Indian) as Tonto in the “Lone Ranger”: Scout, White Feller and Paint. Scout could outrun Silver.

      Jeanette Nolan as Dirty Sally Fergus in Dirty Sally: Worthless (mule)

      Jesse James: Red Fox

      Jim Bannon: Thunder

      Jimmy Stewart: “The Six Shooter” Scar. Pie

      Jimmy Wakely: Lucky (real name Tex) - Sonny, Sunset

      Joel McCrea: Outlaw, Dollar

      John Payne as Vint Bonne

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      Discovery2020 23 months ago

      Don't recall that, pete

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      Discovery2020 23 months ago

      Jimmy JN

      I personally read a quote from Randolph Scott where he said that Stardust was his favorite horse. It was not second hand info. I read it myself. Sorry I don't remember when and where the article was.

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      pete 23 months ago

      was there a horse with guns on there bridel ?

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      Jan C 23 months ago

      aclakshmana3 years ago asked about a movie about a champion jumping horse called "Little Thief." Walt Disney produced a movie (filmed in Mexico with a mostly Mexican cast) called "The Littlest Outlaw" (1955). Pablito, a stable boy, steals "Conquistador," a jumping horse who is going to be killed because his owner's daughter fell while riding him. (The fall happened because the horse was abused by the trainer, Pablito's evil uncle). Pablito and the horse are helped by many people including a village priest. Eventually, in a dramatic scene where Pablito saves the horse by jumping him out of a bull ring, the truth is revealed. The owner and hisdaughter give Conquistador to Pablito.

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      Dot 23 months ago

      Grew up with westerns, still love them to this day. Loved all the horses some were great characters. My favourite being the Lone Ranger's horse Silver.

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      JimmyJN 23 months ago

      Thanks discovery2020. "Hey Jimmy, in Randolph's own words Stardust was his favorite horse" Where can I find that verification?

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      JimmJN 23 months ago

      Thanks discovery2020. "Hey Jimmy, in Randolph's own words Stardust was his favorite horse" Where can I find that verification?

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      WILLIAM EVANS 2 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Hey Jimmy, in Randolph's own words Stardust was his favorite horse.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 2 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Lynda, after extensive research it appears that the horse's name was the same as the title. I would assume they named him that in respect to his dynamic role in the film. No word on the trainer but would not be surprised if it were Audi since he would always use his own horses in his films. He mostly used Joe Queen.

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      JimmyJN 2 years ago

      I need help concerning Randolph Scott's favorite horse in his movies. I think it was Stardust but someone else is telling me it was a horse named Tony? I know Stardust was not his own horse but he rode Stardust in many of his movies. Can anyone confirm this for me? Thanks, Jim

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      Lynda 2 years ago

      Audie Murphy's horse in Tumbleweed was so much fun. I recently saw the movie again and was reminded what a good job that little horse did to make the movie work. Any information on him or who was the trainer?

      The movie is great fun becuase of that little horse's interaction with Murphy. thank you

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      WILLIAM EVANS 2 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      I beg your pardon Robert........Tornado actually was in the Mark of Zorro. Sorry I left him out. Great looking horse!

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      WILLIAM EVANS 2 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      This is a Hub about horses that belonged to FILM stars. You are referring to a tv series. Thanks for your interest.

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      Robert 2 years ago

      Why does nobody mention zoro and toronado?

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      WILLIAM EVANS 2 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      That is Andy, Mike. I was saying in the above article that I never saw him on a horse in any of his FILMS which this article is about. The photo you are referring to is not from a film, but rather from a tv series, Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok. Thanks for the heads up however and thanks for reading my articles.

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      Mike 2 years ago

      The 4th picture from the end is Andy if not he sure looks like him?

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      WILLIAM EVANS 2 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Remember him and the jeep well. Thanks for the memory!

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      applejacket 2 years ago

      Loved this article on cowboy and sidekick horse's names so I thought i'd through in a teaser. Roy Rogers had a sidekick on tv named Pat Brady. Does anyone remember what he rode? It was a Jeep and was named Nelly Belle. How's that for trivia?

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      WILLIAM EVANS 2 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Hi BlackWolf.........the horse was an Andelusian which is a pure Spanish horse. Don't have a name for you.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      BlackWolf2121 2 years ago

      This is for a different era. What about the horse Clint Eastwood rode in Pale Rider? Can only find pictures but nothing about he name or breed.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 2 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Wow! that is great trivia! Appreciate so much letting me know after all this time.

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      Nola Crenshaw 2 years ago

      Thanks, Leigh, but I don't get the connection between Silver and Vivien Leigh. Enlighten me.

      "jen 2 years ago

      Lone Rangers "Silver" was originally seen in the movie "Gone with the Wind" he was Scarlet O'Hara's, father's horse."

      I provided that for you so you could see why she commented, and while the horse wasn't ridden by Vivien Leigh herself, well I can see where the correlation was made. This was so much fun to read thank you for your time and effort in putting it up for us to enjoy.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 3 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Yes, Ann..........Diablo was played by three different paint horses. One was for close up shots, another for stunt work and a third simply as a backup.

      Thanks for stopping by......

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      Ann Engel 3 years ago

      I remember seeing Andy Devine as Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick in some of the earlier TV series and there were plenty of riding scenes. The COZI channel started running the series and movies last year so I've been able to catch up on a lot that I missed in my earlier years. The one that I would like to know about is the Cisco Kid series - Pancho rode Loco but Cisco's paint horses kept changing from scene to scene within each episode. I definitely saw three different ones but it might have been four as there were slight differences in the markings from one to the other. One of them even resembled a horse ridden by Chuck Connors in his Branded series but not 100% sure because of the wide time gap.

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      Bella herera 3 years ago

      I love all the western movies I whished I could see every singal character an picks one of their favirite horses to come to my town stockton

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      WILLIAM EVANS 3 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Thanks for viewing and for the info provided.

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      Jeanne 3 years ago

      Randolph Scott rode a flashy sorrel with a white mane and tail. Such a beautiful site. The same horse appeared in almost all his movies

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      WILLIAM EVANS 3 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Michele, I just ran across this accidentally. So sorry it took me 17 months to respond. If you still don't know, Randolph Scott's horse was Stardust. His horse died at 29 years of age in '73.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 3 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Hey, Lew

      That is a great story! I just wish I had the answer, but I would assume like you do that he removed them to stay in character.

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      Lew Larsen 3 years ago

      I had a good friend who hitch-hiked to California in 1941. He took a landscaper helpers job and one day while working in the yard of a large residence, the owner exited the house and made small talk with the crew. MY friend didn't recognize the homeowner until one of his crew mates told him that it was Gabby Hayes. My friend said he didn't recognize him right off because the owner had teeth and he always thought that Gabby acted without teeth. I have always wondered if Gabby purposely removed his dentures in order to give more personality to the character he was portraying or whether his acting ust didn't show his teeth.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 3 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Sgt. Preston's horse, Rex was Richard Simmons's (actor portraying Sgt. Preston)personal horse.

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      Marylee 3 years ago

      I would love to know more about the TV horses such as Fury and Flicka, Sgt. Preston's horse, the only survivor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Comanche, also the white horse in the movie Snowfire. and of course the Black Stallion. Basically anything horses. I saw a Disney movie once called "The Calypso Pony" and another called "Chester: the story of a horse, " about a horse that was trained to pull in order to win a contest against a tractor. Would love to have these two movies in my collection, but can't find out anything about them.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 3 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Thanks, Leigh, but I don't get the connection between Silver and Vivien Leigh. Enlighten me.

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      Pamela Leigh 3 years ago

      My middle name, Leigh, is after GWTW star Vivien Leigh, therefore appreciate the info about Silver, above. LOVE this Hub & anything about horses (& dogs). PLEASE do one on horses

      Of TV stars! Great work!Thanks!

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      WILLIAM EVANS 3 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Maybe I will do a Hub on horses of tv stars in the future. Thanks for sharing.

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      st.nightmad 3 years ago

      I would just LOVE to have more info/pics of "Stormy Night" the greatest appaloosa ridden in Wagon Train by Robert Horton as Flint McColough,

      I just loved that horse!!

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      WILLIAM EVANS 4 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      I have to add Joel McCrea to your list.

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      Fifties Kid 4 years ago

      Growing up in the fifties westerns were my first choice. My favourite cowboys were John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart & Randolph Scott. As their horses go Scott's horse stood out the most! And I agree that the other actors really weren't know for their horses. But I realised then and confirmed it later that Wayne always rode a very tall horse! Great hub!

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      WILLIAM EVANS 4 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Thanks for your comment, Elaine, but the title is "Horses of Famous Western Movie Stars".

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      Elaine Johnson 4 years ago

      What about the kids show Fury? I loved that horse that was part of my Saturday morning line up.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 4 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Great info, JT!

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      Jt parker 4 years ago

      There were actually two horses who played silver on the Lone Ranger series. I first noticed that in one show silver had a mole under one of his eyes. In another show he didn't. I wrote the Lone Ranger website and was told that when Clayton Moore came back after going on strike the owner of the original silver had removed him from the show. I also read where they used two white horses for several years. One of them was less friendly and did not take well to having a lot of commotion around him. Therefore in certain scenes they used the smaller mild tapered silver

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      Ronnie Owens 4 years ago

      This has been some good reading & remembering therphy for me. I knew most of everything said (not all) but good to be re-insured. Thanks Folks

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "Yes, but I loved them as a kid, Will."

      And so did I. In fact, I still do!

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yes, but I loved them as a kid, Will. It's tough to grow up and realize everything is not so clear cut as it appeared in the old westerns. Not enough guys wearing white hats in the real world today. It is what it is....

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      You got it, Randy! It was Scout.

      The Lone Ranger would say, "Hi-yo Silver, away", and Tonto would respond with, "Get 'em up, Scout."

      The old westerns were not PC at all. Indians spoke with broken English.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Didn't Tonto-- the Lone Ranger's Indian sidekick--have a horse named Scout? Or am I mistaken? I bet Will knows.

      Great hub, by the way. :)

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Randolph Scott's favorite horse was Stardust, a palomino:

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      Michele 4 years ago

      I have always liked the horse that Randolph Scott rode. So beautiful! I can't find out anything about him. Please help!?

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      WILLIAM EVANS 4 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      That is correct, Jen. Thanks for sharing.

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      jen 4 years ago

      Lone Rangers "Silver" was originally seen in the movie "Gone with the Wind" he was Scarlet O'Hara's, father's horse.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 5 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Great trivia, Michael! Thanks for sharing.

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      Michael Nolan 5 years ago

      Just a bit more on Buck Jones's horse, Silver. Buck actually had three light gray horses, Silver and his two doubles, Eagle and Sandy. All three lived in a barn behind Buck's house in Hollywood, and were treated as members of the family by Buck, his wife Dell, and their daughter Maxine. According to Dell, after Buck passed away in late 1942, Silver was so saddened that he stopped eating, and then passed away himself in 1943. (All this is from Buck Rainey's wonderful books on Jones, as well as his interviews with Buck's widow, Dell.)

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      amandajoyshapiro 5 years ago

      This would be great for film trivia.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 5 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Yes, I saw a photo of the stuffed Trigger on Roy's ranch many years ago.

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      Jmillis2006 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Loved this hub, an interesting fact about Roy Rodgers horse trigger, when he died he was stuffed and posed in his iconic rearing pose, I believe the TV station RFD has him displayed somewhere in Missouri.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 5 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Thanks, Diana. I miss the good old days!

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Well, done. I love the classic westerns. Voted up.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 5 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Well, thank you Will! Glad you enjoyed it.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What a super Hub! I remember quite a few of those names, and enjoyed learning the rest.

      Voted up and superb!

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      WILLIAM EVANS 5 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Thank you for the well wishes. Sorry, I do not know anything about Little Thief. Wish I could help.

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      aclakshmana 5 years ago

      First I would like to wish you a speedy recovery.

      I am delighted to go through your writing on films based on horses.It is very interesting and takes us back to our younger days. Some of them are older than that.In 1961 I had seen a movie based on an army champion jumping horse "little thief". I t was a beautiful movie and I am not getting any news about this movie. Can you or any one of you throw some light on this most touching movie I have ever seen.


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      WILLIAM EVANS 5 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      You lost me there, Melanie. Wish I knew.

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      Melanie 5 years ago

      How about the palomino horse White cloud can't remember who his rider was

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      WILLIAM EVANS 5 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Thanks to Silverviolet for your comments. I probably should have named this "Horses of Famous Western B-Film Stars and their Sidekicks. That was my intention. The super stars like Wayne and Newman generally were not know for their sidekicks and horses. However, super stars and tv stars and their horses could be another Hub.

      Thank you, BabyPalomino for your comments as well.

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      Gale 5 years ago

      I love old movies about horses wonderful ..

      Would like collects movies ..

      I'm deaf woman live in Green Bay, va.


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      Silverviolet 5 years ago

      You have mentioned some that I have wondered about for years, and there are many more that aren't mentioned, like the horses ridden by John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, Paul Newman and Robert the many differet television series with some awesome horses used.... I guess most folks didn't think much would be made over "just" another horse, but some of them were really some very fantastic animals and finding out their histories is very informative and fun to learn. Thanks so much for these and the effort to obtain same!!!!


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