The Year Of The Horse: Who Would You Add To Our List Of 14 Favourite Fictional Horses?

27/01/2014 17:04 | Updated 27 January 2014
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It's Chinese New Year on 31 January - and 2014 is the Year Of The Horse. So to celebrate, here are 14 favourite fictional, four-hooved friends along with 14 fun facts. Take a trip down memory lane with our clip (clop)s below - and tell us, did your favourite trusty steed make our list?

  • 1 Black Beauty
    The book! The TV series! The theme tune! And at the centre of it all: a horse of many owners that really was beautiful. And black.

    Fun fact: Anna Sewell said that she didn't write the novel for children, but "to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses".
  • 2 Champion the Wonder Horse
    He rescued people (with the help of a boy called Ricky and a dog called Rebel) - and had a theme tune to rival Black Beauty's. He was.... Championnnn! The Wonnnnder Horrrrrse!

    Fun fact: From 1966, Champion the Wonder Horse was also a cartoon strip in 'Buster'.
  • 3 Joey from 'War Horse'
    The eponymous hero of Michael Morpurgo's book - portrayed by puppeteers for the National Theatre's stage adaptation and by 14 different horses for Steven Spielberg's film.

    Fun fact: Regarding the film version - it's the second time David Thewlis has acted in a movie whose star was a horse. The other was the 1994 version of 'Black Beauty'.
  • 4 The Pie from 'National Velvet'
    The stuff of every horsey girl's dreams: the story of a 12-year-old girl who wins "a race called the Grand National", disguised as a boy, riding a horse called The Pie.

    Fun fact: The 1978 sequel to the film version - 'International Velvet' - starred Tatum O'Neal as a girl competing in the Olympics on a horse called Arizona Pie.
  • 5 Mister Ed
    Altogether now! "A horse is a horse, of course, of course..." Yes, long before people were voicing animals on YouTube videos, Mister Ed ruled the roost. Or at least the stable.

    Fun fact: Mister Ed was played by a horse called Bamboo Harvester and an actor called Allan Lane.
  • 6 Shadowfax
    The "lord of all horses", Gandalf's steed in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy can run faster than any other horse in Middle-earth - and no one but Gandalf can ride him.

    Fun fact: His name means 'shadow-mane' ('fax' being the Old Norse word for mane).
  • 7 Thelwell's ponies
    A group entry for Norman Thelwell's creations: adorable, rotund little horses owned by often less adorable, rotund little girls.

    Fun fact: Norman Thelwell only ever rode once in his life. He said that horses were "great windy things that'll grab your coat off your back as soon as look at you".
  • 8 Silver (The Lone Ranger's horse)
    Yes, it's those three little words that mean so much. "Hi-yo, Silver, away!"

    Fun fact: According to an episode of the early radio show, The Lone Ranger saved Silver's life from an enraged buffalo and, in gratitude, Silver chooses to give up his wild life to carry him.
  • 9 Maximus from 'Tangled'
    "He's nothing but a big sweetheart," says Rapunzel upon meeting Maximus. And of course, she's right. Sort of.

    Fun fact: The actor who voiced Maximus also voiced Pascal, Rapunzel's pet chameleon.
  • 10 The Black Stallion
    "The story of a legendary horse who could only be tamed by a young boy's love" - as portrayed in the classic children's novel (by Walter Farley) and the 1979 film (by Francis Ford Coppola).

    Fun fact: Mickey Rooney plays a former jockey in the film version - just as he did in 'National Velvet'.
  • 11 Captain from '101 Dalmatians'
    The bossy horse who plays a small but vital role in the Disney adaptation of '101 Dalmatians' - not least because he fends off baddies Jasper and Horace with a boot of his hoof.

    Fun fact: Captain was voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft - who was also the voice of Tony the Tiger in Frosties adverts.
  • 12 Tornado (Zorro's horse)
    The steed that carries the masked swordsman - and the purveyor of possibly the most famous horse silhouette in TV and film history.

    Fun fact: The horse chosen to portray Tornado in 'The Legend Of Zorro' was a Friesian - a breed that isn't too large as Antonio Banderas isn't a very tall man.
  • 13 My Little Pony
    The first one appeared in 1983 - and as well as toys and spin-off merchandise, it's spawned cartoon series, comics and a feature-length film. Not band for a tubby, pastel-coloured plastic equine.

    Fun fact: The little symbol on a My Little Pony's rump is known as a 'cutie mark'.
  • 14 A Horse With No Name
    As embodied in the song by America. Altogether now: "Laaa la, la la la la la, la la la, laaa la..."

    Fun fact: Its original title was 'Desert Song'. Bonus fun fact: Walter White sings along with this on his car radio in season three, episode two of 'Breaking Bad'.

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