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Gator Bug
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2019-01-02 5:33 PM
Subject: Just For Fun....Actors Riding in Movies


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Okay...I am down with the Flu and watching way too much TV. I have always watched this in the Westerns and thought it would be a fun post.  

How many actors ride really good? I am watching High Plains Drifter for the hundredth time...and have always noticed that Clint Eastwood is a really good rider. He always had smooth horses, sits really good and doesn't yank the heads off of them. 

Keviin Costner is really great too. Brad Pitt seemed to be a natural too. To me, John Wayne was awful at riding. I saw one the other day (cannot remember which one) and thought when they did a somewhat close-up, it looked they were pulling him on a wagon and never showed the horse. LOL

Like I said... I'm sick, bored and have thought this many times before, but thought maybe there are more actors out there (were out there) that were 'natural' too that I haven't seen/thought of. 
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Dreamingofcans
Reg. Jan 2011
Posted 2019-01-02 9:08 PM
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Posted 2019-01-03 1:39 AM
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I think Sam Elliott has a good seat & dont remember him jerking on the horse. He's in Shadow Riders & The Sacketts & some other westerns also.
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Frodo
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2019-01-03 6:40 AM
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It's funny. I've thought of posting this same subject many times.   Tom Selleck, for a big man, sits a horse very well but is lucky to always be mounted on good horses (Quigley Down Under wonderful horse).  In the old westerns there were many outstanding riders like Audie Murphy (little rough on their heads), Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott.  When you see them ride bareback and it's obvious it isn't a double then you know they can ride pretty darn good.  Doug McClure from The Virginian was a team roper and it made me smile to see rubber tubing around his saddle horn in this western set in the 1800's (whoops). 
John Wayne had more trouble riding when he got older and heavier (I know the feeling).  He was a stunt double when he first started out in westerns and rode very well considering the awful saddles and usually not very good horses he had to ride. 

Get well, by the way.  We all know how miserable the flu is.  


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scwebster
Reg. Mar 2013
Posted 2019-01-03 8:11 AM
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Matt Damon sat one well in All the Pretty Horses. As does Lucas Black. He was in another horse movie, "Flash" when he was younger that required him to ride as well.
Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips and most all of the cast of Young Guns did well.
I saw that for Yellowstone, the actors had to go to Cowboy Boot Camp where they rode horses for days among other things to improve their skills for the show.
Viggo Mortensen is another good one.

ETA: At one time Kiefer took a break from acting and moved to a ranch. He team roped competitively during this time.

 

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scwebster
Reg. Mar 2013
Posted 2019-01-03 8:15 AM
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Heres an article of some actors who are horse lovers. I guess this doesnt automatically mean they ride well, but interesting to know.
https://www.doubledtrailers.com/youll-never-believe-these-famous-celebrities-that-love-horses/ 
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TrailGirl
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Posted 2019-01-03 10:36 AM
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I honestly don't know if it was a double or Kirk Douglas himself...but I love watching all of the slick, funny ways he mounts his horse in the War Wagon. Bonus of course is that it's a pretty good old western with John Wayne also.
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Frodo
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2019-01-03 12:18 PM
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scwebster - 2019-01-03 8:15 AM Heres an article of some actors who are horse lovers. I guess this doesnt automatically mean they ride well, but interesting to know.

https://www.doubledtrailers.com/youll-never-believe-these-famous-celebrities-that-love-horses/ 

Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory is also a horse lover and rides very well.
Robert DuVall.....goes without saying.  He rides hunter-jumpers and western.  Lonesome Dove, many good cowboys in that one.
 
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cloverleaf
Reg. May 2004
Posted 2019-01-03 1:07 PM
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I always felt sorry for that big, good-looking stocking-legged horse that John Wayne always rode. He was a little heavy-handed.

Ben Johnson was a real cowboy before he went to Hollywood; he won the World in Team Roping in 1953. He won an Oscar for his role in Last Picture Show in 1972.
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Gator Bug
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2019-01-03 1:29 PM
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Thank you so much for the replies....I am still sick and bored, but love reading all the replies.

I have been reminded of  many (Luke Grimes, the Young Guns, Ben Johnson, Sam Elliott, etc.) and learned more about others like John Wayne. I will definitely look for the older Westerns now too.

I cannot believe I forgot Luke Grimes as I am a big fan of Yellowstone and I noticed how he was from the beginning of that series. But, I didn't know much of him before. I also forgot to mention all the Young Guns guys... Keifer Sutherland and knew about/liked him. 

Thanks guys for alleviating some of the boredom from being down with the Flu. I am driving my husband nuts. LOL   I really do appreciate it and it is a fun/educating thread.  

Thanks too Frodo for the get well wishes...I am ready to be better.  
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horsesinharleton
Reg. Sep 2009
Posted 2019-01-03 1:45 PM
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I know it was a TV series, but Ms. Kitty (Amanda Blake) on Gunsmoke was riding sidesaddle when I was watching it the other day. It had close ups of her riding, so it wasn't a stunt double... it was actually her and I was impressed!
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della
Reg. Apr 2011
Posted 2019-01-03 1:54 PM
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I'd let just about the entire cast of lord of the rings ride my horses. Most of them rode very well.

Would not let andrew lincoln woth a duffle bag of guns (Rick Grimes) near one though LOL. Without the guns... Maybe ;)
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Posted 2019-01-03 2:47 PM
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My dad is a stuntman in the movies. Pretty much exclusively westerns and Johnny Depp is horrible rider but thinks he is just awesome. Usually almost gets killed.
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Gator Bug
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Posted 2019-01-03 2:56 PM
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FLITASTIC - 2019-01-03 2:47 PM My dad is a stuntman in the movies. Pretty much exclusively westerns and Johnny Depp is horrible rider but thinks he is just awesome. Usually almost gets killed.
That is too funny! I think, he thinks, he is just great at everything!  

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Gator Bug
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Posted 2019-01-03 3:02 PM
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horsesinharleton - 2019-01-03 1:45 PM I know it was a TV series, but Ms. Kitty (Amanda Blake) on Gunsmoke was riding sidesaddle when I was watching it the other day. It had close ups of her riding, so it wasn't a stunt double... it was actually her and I was impressed!

OMG....I just LOVE side saddle. I have always wanted to try. I might end up on my butt, but it still might be a lot of fun. I started out English and Jumpiing. But, I do still love my speed events.  Way too cool that Miss Kitty could do that. 
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SKM
Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2019-01-03 3:04 PM
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scwebster - 2019-01-03 7:11 AM

Matt Damon sat oneΒ well in All the Pretty Horses. AsΒ does Lucas Black. He was in another horse movie, "Flash" when he was younger that required him to ride as well.
Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips and most all of the cast of Young Guns did well.
I saw that for Yellowstone, the actors had to go to Cowboy Boot Camp where they rode horses for days among other things to improve their skills for the show.
Viggo Mortensen is another good one.

ETA: At one time Kiefer took a break from acting and moved to a ranch. He team roped competitively during this time.

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Lou Diamond Phillips broke his arm when he basically just fell off his horse at a walk while filming Young Guns. I know this because a great bareback rider from NM that did the stunt work for Young Guns and The Cowboy Way was on a rodeo team to Australia I was on back in 1990 and he told me all about it. He did say it was amazing to watch them do the peyote scene because they were all stone cold sober. But at the time Young Guns was filmed, the actors couldn’t ride their way out of a wet paper bag for the most part.

The people that do the stunts, particularly horse ones, make actors look way better than they really are. Especially today thanks to technology.

I’ve always been intrigued with trick riding and horse stunts after visiting the Griffith family when I was pretty little. The entire family was, and still are, heavily involved in horse stunts in particular. Any unbelievable horse and rider scene in a movie? One of the family was probably doing it.

One of Tad’s stunt reels:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hGnllU6sDxk&feature=youtu.be

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della
Reg. Apr 2011
Posted 2019-01-03 3:25 PM
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Gator Bug - 2019-01-03 1:56 PM

FLITASTIC - 2019-01-03 2:47 PM My dad is a stuntman in the movies. Pretty much exclusively westerns and Johnny Depp is horrible rider but thinks he is just awesome. Usually almost gets killed.
That is too funny! I think, he thinks, he is just great at everything! Β 

Im trying to think of what movies he rode in all thats coming to mind is sleepy hallow and yaaaaa not great comicly aweful lol.
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Gator Bug
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Posted 2019-01-03 3:37 PM
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della - 2019-01-03 3:25 PM
Gator Bug - 2019-01-03 1:56 PM
FLITASTIC - 2019-01-03 2:47 PM My dad is a stuntman in the movies. Pretty much exclusively westerns and Johnny Depp is horrible rider but thinks he is just awesome. Usually almost gets killed.
That is too funny! I think, he thinks, he is just great at everything! Β 
Im trying to think of what movies he rode in all thats coming to mind is sleepy hallow and yaaaaa not great comicly aweful lol.
He also rode in the re-make of The Lone Ranger with Armie Hammer. Β Depp was Tonto. He wasn't great in that; but then again, the film wasn't great either. LOLΒ 

Thanks again guys...this is fun. I enjoy thinking of which movies, which actors were in and what; and all the old movies and actors and trying to remember all that. Lots of fun when you're bored sick on the couch during the day.Β 


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jbhoot
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Posted 2019-01-03 5:41 PM
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I have to add Tommy Lee Jones to the list. He is a highly ranked polo player and owns a couple of polo teams that he plays on.
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Gator Bug
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Posted 2019-01-03 6:03 PM
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jbhoot - 2019-01-03 5:41 PM I have to add Tommy Lee Jones to the list. He is a highly ranked polo player and owns a couple of polo teams that he plays on.

I didn't know that either about Polo and Tommy Lee Jones. Cool. He did ride really good in what Lonesome Dove episodes I saw (I have never seen the whole entire series through).  

Thank you for the new knowledge of the Polo part and the reminder of his riding in film. 
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