Western Horses and Their Riders

I was always partial to the horses. When I was a kid I had all these toy horses and each had a name. To this day, I can’t stand it if some idiot movie director decides it’s necessary to “hurt” an animal to achieve some dramatic effect. “Turner and Hooch” and “Dances With Wolves” come quickly to mind. You can kill off all the bad guys. You can even kill off some of the good guys. Just stay away from all four legged creatures!

What came as a total surprise is how many of you felt the same way. About the horses, anyway. Several kind souls contributed horse names which have been added over time to the preceding TV Western Page. But no one can compare to Loren Knapp.

And thanks to all of you have added to this list over the years.

GIDDEY-YAP, YIPPEE! and all of that!
AlamoJohn SmithSlim Sherman in Laramie (Horse had been John Wayne’s)
Altair(Also Rigel,
Antares and Aldebaran)
Ben Hur
AmigoPeter BrownChad Cooper (Laredo)
ApacheBob Baker
ApacheKit Carson
ArgoXena, Princess Warrior
BarancaJames StacyJohnny Madrid (Lancer)(Thanks again Deanne Bertram)
BearPriscilla Presley
Beauty (Also Sport)Pernell RobertsAdam Cartwright (Bonanza)
BingoDon DurantJohnny Ringo
Black DiamondLash LaRue
Black JackRocky Lane
Blaze KingLori MartinNational Velvet (TV)
BlueboyJohnny CrawfordMark McCain (The Rifleman)
BrandyClint WalkerCheyenne (thanks to Patricia Lippold for this)
Brown BettyPaul Revere
BucephalusAlexander the Great
BuckJames ArnessMarshall Dillon (Gunsmoke)(Same horse as below! )
Real name: Dunny Waggoner
BuckLorne GreeneBen Cartwright (Bonanza)(Same as above. Greene bought the horse at end of series!)
BuckDoug McClureTrampas in The Virginian (thank you Teresa Powers)
BuckshotGiuy MadisonWild Bill Hickok
BulletCharles Starrett as Durango KidDurango Kid (thanks to Albert Skinner)
ButtermilkDale Evans
CactusNeville BrandReese Bennett (Laredo)
CactusSunset Carson
ChampionGene Autry
ChargerLee MajorsHeath (Big Valley)(Courtesy of Deanne Bertram)
Chub (Also Ginger and Piute)Dan BlockerHoss Cartwright (Bonanza)
CincinnatiUlysses S. Grant
Cochise (Also Paint)Michael LandonLittle Joe Cartwright (Bonanza)
CochiseJohn WayneCole Thornton(El Dorado) (thanks to Anita Flibble)
CocoPeter BreckNick Barkley (Big Valley)(Courtesy of Deanne Bertram)
ComancheCapt. Miles W. KeoghThis Horse Was the Only Survivor of the Little Big Horn
Comet (Real name Copper)Bruce CampbellBrisco County Jr.
CopenhagenThe Duke of Wellington
DandyGen. George Armstrong Custernot ridden at Little Big Horn
DiabloDuncan RenaldoThe Cisco Kid
DiceRichard Dix
Dick NaylorWyatt EarpThe real guy – when he was in Tombstone
Docs Keepin’ TimeBlack Beauty movie
DoitEl Cid
DominoRory CalhounThe Texan (thanks to Linda for this one!)
DominoCharlton Heston
Duke (Also Handsome Boy and Dollar)John Wayne
EddieGabby Hayes
El LoanerJames GarnerBret Maverick (Maverick)
FalconBuster Crabbe
FargoDale RobertsonJim Hardie (Tales of Wells Fargo)
GamblerRobert FullerCooper Smith (Wagon Train)
GingerBob SteeleA million movies!
GoldieHoot Gibson
HeroThe Phantom
Highland DaleBobby DiamondJoey Newton on Fury
Hightower(stunt)Julia Roberts – Runaway Bride
HootRobert FullerHis own horse – that’s the real name
JingoRichard LongJarrod Barkley (Big Valley)(Courtesy of Deanne Bertram)
Joe DJames DruryThe Virginian (thanks to Teresa Powers for this one!)
Johnny (John Dancer)Julia RobertsConspiracy Theory (thanks to Athena Nasmyth for this one!)
JokerAndy DevineWild Bill Hickok
JokerJan MerlinLt. Cullen Kirby in Rough Riders
JousterClint EastwoodRowdy Yates (Rawhide)
JubileeDale RobertsonJim Hardie in Tales of Wells Fargo
KnightRod Cameron
KokoRex Allen
Leo Jr. (Also Hannibal)Dale RobertsonJim Hardie (Wells Fargo)
LightningTim Holt
Little BuckRobert HortonFlint McCullough (Wagon Train) (Early seasons)
Man Called Shenandoah
Little SorrelThomas Stonewall Jackson
LocoLeo CarrilloPancho (The Cisco Kid )
LuckyDickie JonesDick West (Range Rider)
MakadooHenry DarrowManolito Montoya on High Chaparral
ManitouTeddy Roosevelt
MarengoNapoleon Bonaparte
MesquiteAllen Rocky Lane
MidnightEric FlemingGil Favor (Rawhide)
CLICK HERE for a heartwarming story of Midnight’s rescue and life after Rawhide
Mr. EdAlan YoungWilbur Post (Mister Ed) (Allan Lane was the voice)
Bamboo Harvester was the horse’s registered name
NelsonGeorge Washington
Old WhiteyWilliam Henry Harrison
Old CharlieBuffalo Bill (William F. Cody)The white horse ridden in all the Wild West Shows was Isham. – Charlie was his hunting horse who was buried in the Atlantic on the way back from Europe.
Old WhipSanta Anna
OutlawJoel McCrea
PapooseRobert BlakeLittle Beaver on “Red Ryder’ (courtesy of Terry Arenz)
PeteGary CooperCole Hardin (“Westerner) (courtesy of Anita Flibble)
PhantomGuy WilliamsZorro (Tornado is the better known)
PieElizabeth TaylorNational Velvet (Movie)
PieJimmy StewartThe Far Country and more (read this story)(tons of thanks to Linda Gilliland)
Pilgrim(stunt)Horse Whisperer movie
PennyWill HutchinsSugarfoot
RaiderCharles Starrett as Bill LowryThe Durango Kid (thank you Albert Skinner)
RafterRichard BoonePalladin (Have Gun Will Travel)
RawhideJock MahoneyRange Rider
RazorChuck ConnorsLucas McCain (Rifleman)
RebelJohnny Mack Brown
RebelCameron MitchellBuck Cannon on High Chaparral
RexMonte Montana
Rex (also Blackie)Richard SimmonsSgt. Preston of the Yukon (the dog was King!)
RienziGen. Philip Sheridan
Rimrock(stunt)Horse Whisperer movie
Ring EyeSmiley BurnettSunset Carson movies
RingoSteve McQueenJosh Randall (Wanted: Dead or Alive)
Rising SunElvis Presley
RosinanteDon Quixote de la Mancha
RushLash Larue
Ruth (maybe Rufus?)Ken CurtisFestus (Gunsmoke) A Mule!
RustyBob Steele
SailorTim ConsidineSpin Evans (Spin & Marty )
ScarJohn PayneVint Bonner (Restless Gun) Horse’s real name: John Henry
Scout (Also White Feller and Paint)Jay SilverheelsTonto (The Lone Ranger)
Siete Leguas (Seven Leagues)Pancho Villa
SilverClayton MooreThe Lone Ranger – Originally called “Dusty” until Silver Cup Bread took over as sponsor.
SkyrocketDavid StolleryMarty Markham (Spin & Marty )
SmokeyLee MarvinIn Cat Balou
SoapyMark SladeBlue Cannon on High Chaparral
SophieHarry MorganCol. Sherman Potter (M*A*S*H)
SportPernell RobertsAdam Cartwright (Bonanza)
Spumador LarmiKing Arthur
StardustGene BarryBat Masterson
StarlightTim McCoy
Stormy NightRobert HortonFlint McCullough (Wagon Train) (later seasons)
SunsetJimmy Wakely
TargetGail DavisAnnie Oakley
TarzanKen Maynard
TeddyWill RogersTeddy in Vaudeville & Comanche For Riding Engagments
TexasBill BoydSinger
ThunderJim Bannon, Allen Lane, Bill ElliotRed Ryder portrayed by three different actors, name changed to Black Jack (courtesy of Terry Arenz)
TonyTom Mixa/k/a “The Wonder Horse” many movies (thanks to Terry Arenz)
TopperWilliam BoydHopalong Cassidy
TornadoGuy WilliamsZorro
TravelerRobert E. Lee
TravelerRobert FullerJess Harper (Laramie) Named after Robert E. Lee’s
TriggerRoy RogersTrigger’s Registered Name -Golden Cloud
TruxtonAndrew Jackson
VicGeorge Armstrong CusterSlain at Little Big Horn along with Custer
VictorDan Reid
White FlashFred Scott
White FlashTex Ritter
Widow MakerPecos Bill
WinchesterGen.Philip Sheridan