The Best Horse Chase Ever

Some days you just have to watch people riding fast. The legendary “cliff ride” in the Man from Snow River (1982) still stands as the most impressive horse chase scene in the movies. While many people assumed the ride was faked, actor Tom Burlinson (Jim) has confirmed that he did the ride himself. Burlinson wasn’t […]

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If you had $53 million to spend on your horses . . .

All the Queen's Horses

What would you buy? That’s how much Rita Crundwell embezzled from the town of Dixon, Illinois over the 23 years she worked as the town’s comptroller. By day she was a civil servant. On her own time, she used that money to build a fantasy lifestyle replete with champion quarter horses, custom made saddles and […]

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Because Everyone Loves a Talking Horse

Mr. Ed, the talking horse, was a staple of my childhood. The series ran from 1961 to 1966 — so I must have watched it a bit later than that, but I was still young enough for it to be magical. And not entirely unbelievable. “A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and […]

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Harry & Snowman movie opens today

I’m hoping that this movie comes to Boston soon. Otherwise I’ll have to make a field trip. What a great story!  

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Hollywood Hoofbeats

In the days when westerns were big box office and TV attractions, cowboys and their horses often shared equal billing. Champion, wonder horse of the West, was Gene Autry’s mount. John Wayne rode Duke, his devil horse, and, of course, there was Roy Rogers and Trigger billed as the smartest horse in the movies. — […]

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A leap of faith

Tom Mix, born in Mix Run, Penn., on Jan. 6, 1880, was Hollywood’s first Western megastar and is credited with defining the genre for cowboy actors. He  appeared in more than 300 films (counting “shorts”) from 1909 to 1935 and was known for performing his own daredevil stunts. His most famous horse was Tony the […]

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