Famous Horses from the Silver Screen
There is a unique emotional bond between humans and horses ever
since the first man tried to mount this wonderful animal. Horses
seem to have the ability to sense a person's mood and react to
it. It is no wonder then that so many people enjoy books and
feature films with horses as the stars. Here are some of the
best known horses-actors.
The book "Black Beauty" was written in the 1870's by writer
Anna Sewell. She worked most of her life with horses and wrote
the book especially with the intent to report and correct abuse
against these animals. People all over the world know the story
of Black Beauty, even if they never read the book. Since the
1940's three movie films have been made about this animal,
telling his story in his own voice. Even a TV show was made
that run for several seasons.
My Friend Flicka
Flicka was the horse of a young rancher's son Ken McLaughlin in
Wyoming. At least it was so in the children's novel written by
Mary O'Hara that told of their incredible adventures together
around the Goosebar Ranch. The first movie was made in the
1940's and a remake in 2006 stars Alison Lohman as young farm
girl Katy ... A television series ran from 1955 - 1958.
The story of Seabiscuit is based on a true story. Seabiscuit
was a racing horse during the Great Depression, but not a very
good one at that. For some years he performed at the very
lowest levels of horse racing. But then three man saw the
talents that apparently were hidden. Author Laura Hillenbrandt
made him into a legend by writing a bestseller about him. The
consequent movie adaptation was inevitable.
Another real and living horse was Trigger. His fame came from
the actor Roy Rodgers, who always appeared in films as cowboy.
He bought Trigger in the 1930's. Since then the two became
virtually inseparable and Trigger was as popular if not more
popular than Roy Rodgers himself. Trigger died at age 33 and
when he died his hide was stretched over a plaster likeness.
Even today you can see Trigger in the "The Roy Rogers/Dale
Evans Museum". (Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum: 3950 Green
Mountain Dr, Branson, MO).The museum gets over 200,000 visitors
a year and not surprisingly most people come to see Trigger. .
Like Trigger, Mr. Ed was a dark-blonde
Palomino horse. And
although the show aired in the 1960's even children today are
familiar with the talking horse. Mr. Ed was not just another
horse, no, he wanted to be more human than man and this meant
that his owner, Wilbur got into all kinds of trouble very fast
whenever Mr. Ed got his "hands" on a phone or was able to get
out of his stable.
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