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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Trigger - The Smartest Horse in the Movies

In Behind the Mist, Book One of The Mist Trilogy, the reader learns that the Noble and Great horses are given the training and skills needed to become unicorns in the after-life and earn their horns. This blog is dedicated to the Noble and Great horses in our lives and throughout history.

1953This was Roy RogerRs favorite poem, it was written by his friend Mike Bright.

Trigger by Mike Bright

You've heard the tales of man and beast
Of how they rose to fame
Here's the story of a horse, that's true,
And Trigger was his name.

A Stable horse - that's what he was;
Just a horse on a movie lot.
But he caught the eye of a cowboy star,
And that horse won't be forgot.

He was a steed of rarest beauty
As he raced across the plain;
That golden palomino
With the flowing tail and mane.

We watched him at the rodeo
As he would rear and bow and prance
You've never seen a horse like that.
Why, that horse could even dance.

We watched him on the movie screen;
The greatest horse of all.
With the king of the cowboys on his back,
He held his head so tall.

When the outlaws got the upper hand
And there seemed to be no hope in sight;
When it seemed his master's doom was sure.
Ole Trigger took up the fight...

The smartest horse in the movies,
that's what they used to say.
But he's the smartest horse that ever lived

And ever came our way...
The Golden Palimino that was owned and ridden by Roy Rogers in his western movies was born in 1932. He was 15.3 hands (a hand is four inches and the measurement is taken at the withers-where the shoulders meet.) He was originally named Golden Cloud. He made his movie debut as Maid Marion's mount in The Adventures of Robin Hood. Roy Rogers bought him in 1938, renamed him "Trigger," and they were together ever since. Rogers even proposed to his wife, Dale Evans while riding Trigger.
Trigger had 150 trick cues and could walk on his hind legs for 50 feet. There was also a Dell comic book made for him and a Breyer horse as well!
Of interest: when Trigger died in 1965, his hide was stretched over a plaster cast and placed in the Roy Rogers, Dale Evans museum in Victorville, CA and latter moved to Branson, MO. When the museum was closed in late 2009, Christi's Auction House sold it in July 2010 for $266,500 to RFD-TV. (If you haven't found this cable station yet, look for it. It has some cool horse programing!) RFD-TV is planning to make a western museum.
Shema, one of the unicorns in Behind the Mist - Book One of The Mist Trilogy, is a beautiful palimino. A palimino is a color of various breed (although they have started their own registry, now.) Trigger was sired by a thoroughbred out of a palimono mare of mixed breed (called a grade.)
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