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American Saddlebred: Weird Facts Did You Know?

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  • A famous Saddlebred of the 60's was "Fury." He was a star of the television series "Brave Stallion" along with Alan Hale JR who played a railroad engineer named Casey Jones. He was raised on a farm in Missouri and then was later discovered by Hollywood animal trainer Ralph McCutecheon. He played many roles; some of them include "Black Beauty" and "Gypsy." His off-screen name was "Highland Dale." This horse accomplished many movie credits to his name as well as some TV time; some of the movie titles included "Wild is the Wind", "The Return of Wildfire" and "My Friend Flicka." Some of his TV time was spent on the classic television series "Lassie" as a wild stallion. Also in his movie "Giant," he had a famous co-star, the very well known Elizabeth Taylor.

  • One Saddlebred that is mentioned often when it comes to famous show horses is "Wing Commander", born in 1943 and passing away in 1969. He is a six time World Grand Champion and is the leading sire horse producing many show horses.

  • There was an American Saddlebred used in popular film "Gone with the Wind," its name was "Anacacho Revel."

  • The famous Davy Crockett owned a Saddlebred by the name of "Fury," just like the movie character.

  • Roy Roger's Saddlebred horse "Trigger," famous for his TV time and his hoof prints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre in downtown Hollywood. He is accompanied by Tom Mix's horse "Tony," another famous Saddlebred.

  • American Saddlebreds were famous for being used as warhorses in the civil war, many under the command of famous generals; such generals were General Lee, John Hunt Morgan, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

  • In the year 1903, the American Royal in Kansas City was the first witness to American Saddlebreds in the show world. The horse was a man named Tom Bass, born into slavery he became one most well-known and greatest horse trainers. He was responsible for the entertainment to a few famous people at that time including the United States President at the time Theodore Roosevelt and comedian Will Rogers.

  • Probably one of the smartest horses to ever live was a horse by the name of "Jim Key" (1889-1912; owned by Dr. William Key. He didn't display much promise when he was first born, but after a while he could perform a number of tricks, he started off stealing apples but he covered his tracks by closing the drawer. Later he was able to let himself out of his pasture and insisting on staying in the house with William Key. The many tricks and intelligence the horse displayed included: read, write, spell, do math, tell time, sort mail, cite passages from the bible and debate politics, all by tapping his foot or shaking or nodding his head. After Dr. William Key discovered the trick his horse could already do, he didn't waste any time teaching him others. He taught this horse all these tricks by showing kindness, patience and rewarding him. They spent the next seven years on the road performing in front of ten million people.

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