Famous horses in westerns of the 30's, 40's and fifties were Trigger, Buttermlk, Champion, Silver, Topper, and Mr. Ed.
Trigger was originally called Golden Cloud. He was quarter horse and thoroughbred and used by Roy Rogers in his movies. Rogers bought Trigger for $2500 and kept him until his death. Then the horse was stuffed and kept on display in the Roy Rogers Museum.
Buttermilk, a buckskin quarter horse, ridden by Dale Evans had been an abused horse. A trainer discovered the mare, trained her for cutting competitions, and it was at a competition that the horse was "discovered" and became Dale's horse in all but six of the Roy Rogers episodes.
Champion or "Wonder Horse of the West" was a sorrel gelding with a blaze and four white socks. He was ridden by Gene Autry and had stunt doubles for most of his tricks.
Silver in the Lone Ranger was actually two different horses. Silver #1 was a white stallion personally picked by Clayton Moore. He was gentle and could rear on command. Silver #2 was high strung and skittish and required a trainer to work with him.
Topper was a white Arabian stallion ridden by Hoppalong Cassidy (William Boyd).
Mr. Ed was a palomino named Bamboo Harvester.
Did you have a favorite horse from a TV show or western movie?