‘The Lone Ranger’ gallops into theaters today atop Silver, his trusty steed. Heroes get all the credit, but Silver and his four-footed buddies defy the neigh-sayers (GET IT?) with tricks of their own.
In the 1971 film of the same name, the stallion’s idyllic life turns tough when his first handler dies. Black Beauty has to work in a circus, pull a cab and deal with the fact he has a really uncreative name.
In Steven Spielberg’s 2011 war-is-hell film “War Horse,” this farm horse travels the world and gets shot at a lot when he’s conscripted into the British Army in WWI. Suddenly, plowing fields back in Britain doesn’t look so bad.
Sonora (Gabrielle Anwar) takes her horse and runs away from home in 1991’s “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.” Instead of heading for the circus, she joins a horse diving show, which is exactly what it sounds like. We didn’t call the Humane Society for comment, but we can guess what they’d say.
In 2004’s “Hidalgo,” Viggo Mortensen plays a cowboy who figures, hey, might as well take my horse and enter an insanely difficult cross-desert horse race. No one, we noticed, asked Hidalgo what he thought of this idea.