10 Most Famous Movie Horses

Sunday, March 27 by Jackie Barlow

The ten most famous movie  horses bring back many memories from youthful days long ago.  Growing up with the movies in which these horses starred was a joy, and those movies became classics which are still available to be seen and enjoyed on DVDs

  1. Trigger, ridden by Roy Rogers, was really three different horses that Roy used in his long movie and television career.  The first Trigger, foaled in 1934, was originally named Golden Cloud, but became Trigger when he was purchased in 1943 by Roy, who felt that he was "quick on the trigger".  Earlier in 1938 Olivia DeHaviland rode Golden Cloud when she played Maid Marion in the "Adventures on Robin Hood."  The first Trigger was the smartest horse in Hollywood and loved to perform in 80 films plus 101 television shows, and many personal appearances.  He died at age 33, and Roy had him mounted.  Trigger two  was a trick horse, and Trigger three was also mounted when he died at age 28.
  2. Buttermilk was Dale Evans' adored horse.  He was badly abused as a colt but was saved from the slaughterhouse and with love became an affectionate horse.  Buttermilk was in all but six of the "Roy Rogers" television series that were aired from 1951 through 1957.  He lived to the age of 31 and was also mounted like Trigger.
  3. Silver, Lone Ranger's horse, was also two horses.  Silver number was a very gentle horse and filled in when a calm and obedient horse was called for.  Silver two, renamed "Hi-Yo Silver" when purchased, was high strung and skittish, and was the one that Clayton Moore used for publicity events when he toured. 
  4. Champion was singing cowboy Gene Autry's "World's Wonder Horse".  Champion was really three major horses with the first one starring in the 1939 "Home on the Prairie".  Champion Jr. starred in movies until 1950.  Champion Three was in Autry's last films and also in the television series "The Gene Autry Show" and "The Adventures of Champion".  These amazing horses performed such tricks as jumping through a ring of fire and dancing the Charleston and the hula. 
  5. Topper was Hopalong Cassidy's white Arabian Stallion.  Topper first was a double in movies for the original mount, King Nappy, and took over when King Nappy was injured.  Topper and Hopalong appeared during a circus parade in the tent in "The Greatest Show on Earth." 
  6. Fury was only 26 months old when he starred in "Black Beauty", a movie based on a book written in the 1870's.  He was also the beautiful horse in "Giant", won a PATSY Award (similar to an Oscar) for "Gypsy Colt", another for the movie "Wild is the Wind", and another for the "Fury" series in 1960 and 1961. 
  7. Secretariat was the amazing large chestnut thoroughbred racehorse that in 1973 became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in 25 years and holds records that still exist today.  A recent movie was re-made about this outstanding horse.
  8. Seabiscuit is another amazing true story.  His movie was about a racing horse during the Depression that was not that remarkable at first, but later became a legend.  A bestseller by Laura Hillenbrandt made him famous, and the movie followed.
  9. Mister Ed was a dark-blonde Palomino horse who wanted to be human.  Children today are still familiar with this talking horse even though the show aired in the popular 1960s series.  Guest stars included Clint Eastwood, George Burns, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Donna Douglas, and even baseball player Leo Durocher.
  10. My Friend Flicka was first made into a movie in the 1940s, starring Roddy McDowell, after being introduced in a children's novel by Mary O'Hara.  It was remade as a movie in 2006 and was a television series from 1955 through 1958.  Flicka was Swedish for "Little Girl".
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