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!
Alamo John Smith Slim Sherman in Laramie (Horse had been John Wayne’s)
Altair(Also Rigel,
Antares and Aldebaran)
Ben Hur
Amigo Peter Brown Chad Cooper (Laredo)
Apache Bob Baker
Apache Kit Carson
Argo Xena, Princess Warrior
Baranca James Stacy Johnny Madrid (Lancer)(Thanks again Deanne Bertram)
Bear Priscilla Presley
Beauty (Also Sport) Pernell Roberts Adam Cartwright (Bonanza)
Bingo Don Durant Johnny Ringo
Black Diamond Lash LaRue
Black Jack Rocky Lane
Blaze King Lori Martin National Velvet (TV)
Blueboy Johnny Crawford Mark McCain (The Rifleman)
Brandy Clint Walker Cheyenne (thanks to Patricia Lippold for this)
Brown Betty Paul Revere
Bucephalus Alexander the Great
Buck James Arness Marshall Dillon (Gunsmoke)(Same horse as below! )
Real name: Dunny Waggoner
Buck Lorne Greene Ben Cartwright (Bonanza)(Same as above. Greene bought the horse at end of series!)
Buck Doug McClure Trampas in The Virginian (thank you Teresa Powers)
Buckshot Giuy Madison Wild Bill Hickok
Bullet Charles Starrett as Durango Kid Durango Kid (thanks to Albert Skinner)
Buttermilk Dale Evans
Cactus Neville Brand Reese Bennett (Laredo)
Cactus Sunset Carson
Champion Gene Autry
Charger Lee Majors Heath (Big Valley)(Courtesy of Deanne Bertram)
Chub (Also Ginger and Piute) Dan Blocker Hoss Cartwright (Bonanza)
Cincinnati Ulysses S. Grant
Cochise (Also Paint) Michael Landon Little Joe Cartwright (Bonanza)
Cochise John Wayne Cole Thornton(El Dorado) (thanks to Anita Flibble)
Coco Peter Breck Nick Barkley (Big Valley)(Courtesy of Deanne Bertram)
Comanche Capt. Miles W. Keogh This Horse Was the Only Survivor of the Little Big Horn
Comet (Real name Copper) Bruce Campbell Brisco County Jr.
Copenhagen The Duke of Wellington
Dandy Gen. George Armstrong Custer not ridden at Little Big Horn
Diablo Duncan Renaldo The Cisco Kid
Dice Richard Dix
Dick Naylor Wyatt Earp The real guy – when he was in Tombstone
Docs Keepin’ Time Black Beauty movie
Doit El Cid
Domino Rory Calhoun
Domino Charlton Heston
Duke (Also Handsome Boy and Dollar) John Wayne
Eddie Gabby Hayes
El Loaner James Garner Bret Maverick (Maverick)
Falcon Buster Crabbe
Fargo Dale Robertson Jim Hardie (Tales of Wells Fargo)
Gambler Robert Fuller Cooper Smith (Wagon Train)
Ginger Bob Steele A million movies!
Goldie Hoot Gibson
Hero The Phantom
Highland Dale Bobby Diamond Joey Newton on Fury
Hightower (stunt) Julia Roberts – Runaway Bride
Hoot Robert Fuller His own horse – that’s the real name
Jingo Richard Long Jarrod Barkley (Big Valley)(Courtesy of Deanne Bertram)
Joe D James Drury The Virginian (thanks to Teresa Powers for this one!)
Johnny (John Dancer) Julia Roberts Conspiracy Theory (thanks to Athena Nasmyth for this one!)
Joker Andy Devine Wild Bill Hickok
Joker Jan Merlin Lt. Cullen Kirby in Rough Riders
Jouster Clint Eastwood Rowdy Yates (Rawhide)
Jubilee Dale Robertson Jim Hardie in Tales of Wells Fargo
Knight Rod Cameron
Koko Rex Allen
Leo Jr. (Also Hannibal) Dale Robertson Jim Hardie (Wells Fargo)
Lightning Tim Holt
Little Buck Robert Horton Flint McCullough (Wagon Train) (Early seasons)
Man Called Shenandoah
Little Sorrel Thomas Stonewall Jackson
Loco Leo Carrillo Pancho (The Cisco Kid )
Lucky Dickie Jones Dick West (Range Rider)
Makadoo Henry Darrow Manolito Montoya on High Chaparral
Manitou Teddy Roosevelt
Marengo Napoleon Bonaparte
Mesquite Allen Rocky Lane
Midnight Eric Fleming Gil Favor (Rawhide)
CLICK HERE for a heartwarming story of Midnight’s rescue and life after Rawhide
Mr. Ed Alan Young Wilbur Post (Mister Ed) (Allan Lane was the voice)
Bamboo Harvester was the horse’s registered name
Nelson George Washington
Old Whitey William Henry Harrison
Old Charlie Buffalo 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 Whip Santa Anna
Outlaw Joel McCrea
Papoose Robert Blake Little Beaver on “Red Ryder’ (courtesy of Terry Arenz)
Pete Gary Cooper Cole Hardin (“Westerner) (courtesy of Anita Flibble)
Phantom Guy Williams Zorro (Tornado is the better known)
Pie Elizabeth Taylor National Velvet (Movie)
Pie Jimmy Stewart The Far Country and more (read this story)(tons of thanks to Linda Gilliland)
Pilgrim (stunt) Horse Whisperer movie
Penny Will Hutchins Sugarfoot
Raider Charles Starrett as Bill Lowry The Durango Kid (thank you Albert Skinner)
Rafter Richard Boone Palladin (Have Gun Will Travel)
Rawhide Jock Mahoney Range Rider
Razor Chuck Connors Lucas McCain (Rifleman)
Rebel Johnny Mack Brown
Rebel Cameron Mitchell Buck Cannon on High Chaparral
Rex Monte Montana
Rex (also Blackie) Richard Simmons Sgt. Preston of the Yukon (the dog was King!)
Rienzi Gen. Philip Sheridan
Rimrock (stunt) Horse Whisperer movie
Ring Eye Smiley Burnett Sunset Carson movies
Ringo Steve McQueen Josh Randall (Wanted: Dead or Alive)
Rising Sun Elvis Presley
Rosinante Don Quixote de la Mancha
Rush Lash Larue
Ruth (maybe Rufus?) Ken Curtis Festus (Gunsmoke) A Mule!
Rusty Bob Steele
Sailor Tim Considine Spin Evans (Spin & Marty )
Scar John Payne Vint Bonner (Restless Gun) Horse’s real name: John Henry
Scout (Also White Feller and Paint) Jay Silverheels Tonto (The Lone Ranger)
Siete Leguas (Seven Leagues) Pancho Villa
Silver Clayton Moore The Lone Ranger – Originally called “Dusty” until Silver Cup Bread took over as sponsor.
Skyrocket David Stollery Marty Markham (Spin & Marty )
Smokey Lee Marvin In Cat Balou
Soapy Mark Slade Blue Cannon on High Chaparral
Sophie Harry Morgan Col. Sherman Potter (M*A*S*H)
Sport Pernell Roberts Adam Cartwright (Bonanza)
Spumador Larmi King Arthur
Stardust Gene Barry Bat Masterson
Starlight Tim McCoy
Stormy Night Robert Horton Flint McCullough (Wagon Train) (later seasons)
Sunset Jimmy Wakely
Target Gail Davis Annie Oakley
Tarzan Ken Maynard
Teddy Will Rogers Teddy in Vaudeville & Comanche For Riding Engagments
Texas Bill Boyd Singer
Thunder Jim Bannon, Allen Lane, Bill Elliot Red Ryder portrayed by three different actors, name changed to Black Jack (courtesy of Terry Arenz)
Tony Tom Mix a/k/a “The Wonder Horse” many movies (thanks to Terry Arenz)
Topper William Boyd Hopalong Cassidy
Tornado Guy Williams Zorro
Traveler Robert E. Lee
Traveler Robert Fuller Jess Harper (Laramie) Named after Robert E. Lee’s
Trigger Roy Rogers Trigger’s Registered Name -Golden Cloud
Truxton Andrew Jackson
Vic George Armstrong Custer Slain at Little Big Horn along with Custer
Victor Dan Reid
White Flash Fred Scott
White Flash Tex Ritter
Widow Maker Pecos Bill
Winchester Gen.Philip Sheridan
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