My husband and I have noticed that some of the big stars rode the same horses in a lot of their movies.

My husband and I have noticed that some of the big stars rode the same horses in a lot of their movies. Were these their own mounts, or did the film companies supply them?

Susan Short

Rothbury, Michigan

Most people know that Roy Rogers rode Trigger, Gene Autry rode Champion, Rex Allen rode Koko and Tom Mix rode Tony. In all of these cases, the actors owned their trusty steeds. Some studios did require that actors provide their own horses.

Yet you may not know the favorite horses of actors like John Wayne (Ol’ Dollor), Randolph Scott (Stardust) and James Stewart (Pie).

Sometimes an actor grew attached to the horse he was riding in a film and bought it from the owner. In other cases—like Jimmy Stewart—he required that the studio provide a specific horse for a movie. The Duke’s production company bought Ol’ Dollor and used him from True Grit to The Shootist, Wayne’s last film.

What do you think?

Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.