The Lone Ranger was a former Texas Ranger who donned a black mask and rode a white stallion in his quest for justice in the Old West, with his trusty Native American sidekick, Tonto at his side.
So maybe thats why the horse who played the Lone Rangers horse, Silver, in the new Disney remake came to Houston to be honored by fellow equine upholders of the law, the horses of the Houston Police Department Mounted Patrol, on Wednesday morning. Maybe.
Either way, Silver, the 11-year-old quarter horse who plays the Lone Rangers horse – also named Silver – in the film, was a sight to see. It was hot in that glittering Houston summer way, but Silver took it all in stride, so to speak, as the stallion stood before an impressive row of the HPD Mounted Patrol on Discovery Green and was inducted as an honorary member of the force. (Fingers crossed that they actually gave Silver a badge. And that the HPD horses have badges, because that would be pretty cool.)
Silver was one of four horses used in the movie, and he was in about 60 percent of the filming, according to trainer Bobby Lovgren. The horse and his trainers were coming through Houston on a Disney publicity tour before the July 3 release of the movie. Silver was the star of the show, but Lovgren did most of the talking.
Lovgren has been working training horses for the movies for the past 25 years. He started out apprenticing with the famed Hollywood trainer Glen Randall. If the name doesnt ring a bell, the fact that this was the trainer who worked on Ben Hur and The Black Stallion. Randall also worked with Trigger, the horse Roy Rogers rode in his films, and was known as one of the best horse trainers in the business. (Trigger was known as “the smartest horse in the movies” and Rogers loved him so much, he had the horse stuffed when he died.)
In short, Lovgren apprenticed with the best and hes been working with the horses who appear in the movies like War Horse for years. Last year, he and his son, Tanner Lovgren, worked as a team on The Lone Ranger to give Tanner a taste of the business.
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Shoehorned-in origin story aside, Silver played a huge role in the identifying elements of the radio show – the show’s introduction first kicked off with a bit about “the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver!” that eventually became the now-iconic line, “From out of the west with the speed of light and a hearty hi-yo Silver” which then turned into a long-form combo that included a combo that told us, “A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! The Lone Ranger!” and then ended with a big ol’ “Come on, Silver! Let’s go, big fellow! Hi-yo Silver! Away!”
Silver also eventually sires a foal (you go, Silver!) named Victor who becomes Dan Reid, Jr.’s own horse.
Finally! The notorious movie disaster may have been a complete bust, but at least the Klinton Spilsbury-starring flop featured a new twist on Silver’s origin. This time around, the Lone Ranger doesn’t save the proud steed from an enraged buffalo (this description just never gets old), but from a trap! Again, Silver can’t catch a break.
Played by Silver King and then Silver Chief in the hard-to-find serials, this is a traditionally-seeming Silver that doesn’t get much of a backstory. Still a great sidekick. (Sidehorse.) Amusingly enough, while we know the name of the horse who played Silver in the first serial (just The Lone Ranger), we don’t even know the name of the actual guy who played the goddamn Lone Ranger in the serial. Robert Livingston played him in the second serial (The Lone Ranger Rides Again), but who cares? Silver’s cool points are already sky high.
We are talking, of course, about Silver. (Who did you think we were talking about? Oh. Oh, that’s awkward.)
According to a member of the Randall family, of the late Glenn Randall Sr., the famous horse trainer, Silvers owner lived in the eastern part of United States. Silver was transported to California by another person. Glenn, Silver, Silvers owner, and transporter have sinced passed away. Silver stayed in the barn at the Randall Ranch in Newhall, California during the process of filming the Lone Ranger television series starring actor Clayton Moore who was Silvers rider.
stuffed animal of the 1950s The head is flexible rubber plastic 10 inches from top of ears to tip of nose Emblems on the saddle made of unknown material possibly imitation shoe leather Lone Ranger (INC.) Length: 30 inches long from tip of legs end to end 19 inches long from chest to tail
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