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The Ten Greatest Horse Performances in Movie History

Well, Secretariat opens this week, and everybody’s talking about Diane Lane’s performance. Which is great, but a little part of us dies whenever a movie named after a horse opens and nobody talks about the horses’ acting. Film history is full of great, brave performances by horses. And it’s perhaps ironic that previous generations did a somewhat better job of recognizing the contributions of equine performers: “Wonder horses” like Trigger and Rex and Fritz and many others actually sometimes even starred in their own movies. So, herewith, our list of the Ten Greatest Movie Performances by Horses.

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures