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Famous Horses From The Big 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.

Black Beauty

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..

Mr. Ed

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.


Cutter Bill (1955–1982) was a Quarter Horse stallion who was a famous cutting horse in the late 1950s as well as being an influential sire.

The product of R. L. Underwood’s linebreeding program for Copperbottom bloodlines, Cutter Bill was linebred to Golden Chief, a descendant of Copperbottom, a Thoroughbred foaled in 1828.His sire, Buddy Dexter, was extremely inbred, being the product of a father-daughter mating.To a lesser degree, Cutter Bill was also inbred to Tom (or Scooter) by Midnight.Registered with number 53,703 with the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA), Cutter Bill was a 1955 palomino stallion who was bred by R. L. Underwood of Wichita Falls, Texas and owned by Rex Cauble of Houston, Texas.Cauble bought Cutter Bill at Underwood’s dispersal sale in 1956 for $2500.

Cauble broke Cutter Bill himself, and for the first couple of years used him as a teaser stallion for Cauble’s more famous stallions like Wimpy P-1, Silver King, and Hard Twist. As a three year old, Cutter Bill was started on cutting and proved a natural at it.Cutter Bill was the National Cutting Horse Association (or NCHA), World Champion in 1962 and the NCHA Reserve World Champion in 1963, earning a total of $35,964.05 in NCHA competition.With the AQHA he earned the 1962 High Point Cutting Horse award along with AQHA Champion and Performance Register of Merit awards. He was also an AQHA Superior Cutting Horse.He was the second horse to win both the NCHA World Champion title and the AQHA High Point Cutting title, Poco Stampede was the first, but he was the first to do it in the same year.

Among his famous offspring were Cutters Indian who was the 1972 AQHA High Point Jr. Western Pleasure Stallion, the 1972 AQHA High Point 3 year old Halter Stallion, and the 1972 AQHA High Point Jr. Trail Stallion, Bill’s Highness, Cutter’s First, Bill’s Jazabell, Cutter’s Lad, Pecos Billie, Blaze Face Bill, Cutter’s Streak and Bill’s LocetaBill’s Lady Day won the 1987 AQHA Senior Calf Roping World Champion title and Cutter’s Rocket won two younth World Championships in working cowhorse in 1983 and 1985. Royal Cutter won the 1971 National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Snaffle Bit Futurity and then later won the hackamore and bridle sweepstakes held by the same organization

A neat little bit of trivia was when Rex Cauble lost Cutter Bill in a Seven Card Stud poker game at Stanmire Lake in Leon County, Texas to King T. Blake. The other attendees at the game were Joe Lee Thompson, Julian Wakefield, Ed Rutledge, Lee Thompson, and King’s two sons Bennett and Norman who were fishing most of the time. King, being the businessman/gentleman that he was gave the horse back after two weeks but not before his wife “Audrey” rode him so she could go berry picking which antagonized Rex to no end. They (Rex and King) decided to trade it off at Blake’s Farm and Ranch Supply on Highway 7.

He died in the fall of 1982.He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.