If you wish to live a life of adventure, you will undoubtedly need a trusty steed to accompany you along the way. If you are in the market a noble and valiant beast, you need to look for a few defining characteristics that will help you find the perfect horse. Even better would be to try and get your hands on one of these 5 amazing horses.
Frank Hopkins is one of the most controversial figures in American history. Although he achieved many remarkable feats, his life has mostly been shrouded in mystery. It is not surprising then that it has become impossible to separate the man from the myth. When Disney chose to make a movie about one of Frank Hopkins’ most legendary races, his horse Hidalgo, was thrust into the spotlight. A true American mustang, Hidalgo would go head-to-head against the best purebred Arabian horses designed for only thing: to win. Hopkins and Hidalgo ride 3000 miles in the desert to conquer the elements and emerge as winners, although it almost cost them their life in the process.
When the Disney Corporation were making the animated movie Tangled, they diverted from the traditional tale of Rapunzel and introduced many new characters. One of the most beloved characters from the movie is the horse Maximus. When Flynn Rider and the Stabbington brothers pull off a heist, the city guards go after them in pursuit. Leading the chase is none other than the captain of the guard and his intelligent steed, Maximus. Even after his rider falls over, Maximus continues on in his pursuit to nab the criminals and bring them to justice. Not only is Maximus highly intelligent and displays a strong moral character, he also has a nose that would put a greyhound’s sniffing abilities to shame.
Unlike other horses in this list, Seabiscuit actually existed in real life. However, Seabiscuit didn’t merely exist; he would race to win championships and ride into the hearts of Americans throughout the country. It was the time of the Great Depression and Americans were looking for a symbol of hope wherever they could find it. In this time of crises, the remarkable rise of Seabiscuit as an unlikely champion would capture hearts and minds throughout the world. Dismissed early on as an also ran, Seabiscuit’s fortunes turned in 1936 under a new trainer and jockey. The stallion that was once the butt of stable jokes would go on to become a grand champion and one of the most inspiring underdog stories in history.
The Lone Ranger is one of the most iconic figures in television history. Along with Tonto, his sidekick, the masked vigilante would foil and befuddle no-gooders and save the day. Being a former Texas Ranger, the Lone Ranger had all the know-how needed to round up criminals. However, even a former lawman needs a trusty steed to in order to help apprehend felons. This is where Silver is indispensable. After saving Silver from an angry buffalo, the wild horse decides to repay the favour by letting the Lone Ranger become its rider. Even when the Lone Ranger decides to let Silver go, the horse shows unbridled royalty and returns. “Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!” has become one of the most popular catchphrases associated with the western genre.
In J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings, there are many mythical creatures; among them are the Mearas of Rohan. The Mearas are no ordinary horses; they are a wild herd that roam through the kingdom of Rohan, led by a grey silver stallion, Shadowfax. To show his appreciation to Gandalf, King Theoden of Rohan gifted Shadowfax to the wise wizard. Although no one had ever ridden Shadowfax before, the king of the Mearas accepted Gandalf as his rider, but was not open to the thought of a saddle or bridle. Shadowfax rode with Gandalf into numerous battles and was instrumental in helping find the banished Eomer and his rebel riders. During the defense of Minas Tirith, Shadowfax performed amicably as Gandalf rode throughout the city, organizing its defense. At the end, Shadowfax accompanies Gandalf the White across the sea to the West.
Whether you are planning to cross the desert, hunt down outlaws or rescue the princess from the castle, a trusty and loyal steed will be there for you for every adventure you embark on.