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Top Famous Horses – Horses with Own Name

There are horses that are as famous as their owners, or even more. Whether for their historical role, for their characteristics these horses are famous in the world. Whether it’s because of their participation in poignant or exciting, real or fictional stories, many just by hearing their name, we know who they’re talking about.

These horses have inspired works of art, books and films and that’s why today we will talk about the Top of Famous Horses.

To do this we have classified the horses according to fiction, whether they have stood out for their role in the story or for some special skill.

These horses have played an important role in our history or in sports. Others have played an important role in our childhood through books, television or cinema. That is why their name is remembered and that is why we say that these famous horses have “their own name”.

It was very common for the horses of great military leaders to have a well-known name. And it is that a leader should have a horse with great physical and intellectual attributes. That is why these horses were not considered “one more of the heap”, but were held by their own name.

Horses like Bucephalus, the horse of Alexander the Great, or Babieca, the horse of “El Cid”, are an example of this. Also in fiction we have famous horses such as Rocinante or Tornado, the Zorros’s horse.

That is why today we will dedicate a large space to these important and famous horses.

Without more to say, let’s start meeting the most famous horses in history.

Top 10 Famous War Horses in History

Famous fictional horses in literature and the arts

Fiction, whether written or audiovisual, has had a fundamental impact on human society. Through their stories, values or stories with a didactic value are transmitted.

We find famous horses in mythology, such as Pegasus or Slepnir. Their stories tried to explain the existence of these beautiful animals or were linked to the values that the horse represented. For example, we have the horse as a representative of strength, nobility or fertility. Through their stories ancient civilizations tried to explain the world.

We also find famous horses in literature and cinema. In these cases, it is clearer that they wanted to strengthen the bond between the human being and the horse. In others give value to those values that the horse represents such as nobility, loyalty or friendship. This is the case of Tornado, the horse of Zorro or Rocinante, the horse of Don Quixote de la Mancha. Worthy representatives of the values associated with the horse.

Some horses have had an outstanding participation as companions of literary or audiovisual heroes. Today we will talk about the most popular horses in literature or the arts. They are horses whose gallop has been marked on the pages of our books or on the screens of our television.

Without a doubt, horses are a great protagonist or companion for any story. Their presence revalues any story we wish to tell. Below, we will introduce you to some of the most famous representatives of famous horses from fiction. Without further ate, let’s get started.

Tornado, Zorro’s Horse

Tornado is one of the most famous horses on television. Thanks to the fame of Zorro and his 1970s TV series Tornado became famous. Tornado, Zorro’s horse, became a character in his own right as it does not appear in the original play.

Zorro is a hero born of Johnston McCulley’s imagination by creating a hero on horseback dressed in black. This hero fights the government’s injustices against poor citizens. A hero located in the time of colonization and the old west reminiscent of Robin Hood.

But the funniest thing is that Tornado doesn’t appear among the pages written by Johnston McCulley. It is Walt Disney himself when he decides to make a television series when he incorporates the role of Tornado, Zorro’s Horse.

There were so many attributes that gave tornadoes that it took 3 horses to play the role. Tornado became Zorro’s best ally in his quest for justice. A strong, fast and very intelligent horse. Definitely the best of horses.

Tornado and Zorro - Famous Horses
Tornado and Zorro – Famous Horses

Pegasus, The Mythological Horse

Pegasus is a mythological horse whose distinctive feature is that it had wings. Definitely quite a curiosity. Pegasus’ wings allowed him to fly and even travel to Olympus, home to the Greek gods.

The horse of Zeus, the greatest of the Greek gods, was Pegasus. Pegasus appears in the mythology associated with the Greek hero Belerofonte and the adventure to defeat chimera.

As a curiosity, one of the constellations of stars is named Pegasus.

Pegasus has been one of the mythological horses with the greatest cinematic presence. He appeared in the Disney animation Hercules, in both versions of Fury of Titans, and in Wrath of Titans.

Pegasus - Famous Horses
Pegasus – Famous Horses

Rocinante, the horse of Don Quixote de la Mancha

Don Quixote de la Mancha is the published book translated into more languages. It is also on the list of the 100 best literary works in history.

Miguel de Saavedra’s work tells us the story of a man who in his obsession with cavalry novels decides to become a knight. Don Quixote takes his big dreams, ramshackle armor and skinny horse, Rocinante, and embarks on his mission.

Rocinante is one of the most famous horses. His fame comes from a work in which mediocre works of the cavalry genre that flooded bookstores are ridiculed. A genre that became popular and reached the point that was filled with low-quality works.

Rocinante is the opposite of what a gentleman’s horse would be. A skinny horse for lack of food and not too strong. The play seeks to parody cavalry novels.

Thanks to his writing and his ability to play with words and ideas, the works of Miguel de Saavedra stand out. It is the best-selling and translated book behind the Bible.

Thus a skinny and weak horse became one of the most famous in history being the opposite of what a cavalry horse promises.

Famous horses of history

Throughout history, the horse has played a very important role. In principle, horse as an agricultural and transport tool played a key role. But when horses became war technology and the great leaders of history were associated with their role was recognized.

This is how the horses of military leaders are widely recognized. But because these horses were chosen from many, these horses earned the right to have a proper name.

These horses have shared the fame of their owners. That’s why today we’ll talk about the famous horses in history. Here we will find one of the most outstanding horses, Bucephalus.

Without further adding anything, let’s get started.

Bucephalus, Alexander the Great’s horse.

Alexander the Great is considered the ruler of the world’s greatest empire. The son of the king of Macedonia, Alexander the Great did not settle for his kingdom and began to expand to the rest of the world. Alexander the Great reached the following titles:

  • King of Macedonia
  • Hegemon of Greece,
  • Pharaoh of Egypt
  • Great King of Media and Persia

His victories would not have been such without the company of his great horse Bucophalo.

Legend has it that Bucephalus was a briste, strong horse that no one wanted to acquire. His bad character made no one able to ride him, however Alexander noticed that Bucephalus was frightened of his shadow. He asked his father that if he could ride it he would buy it and Alexander approaching him from a side where the shadow did not bother him, he rode it and made it his own.

The death of Alexander the greats horse Bucephalus - George Jones
The death of Alexander the greats horse Bucephalus – George Jones


The most famous horses in world equestrian

Next, we will make a small summary of the most famous horses in world equestrian. These horses have excelled in some sport. Whether it’s horse racing or equestrian jumping, the horses on our list are very special. Each of them has great followers and some of them leave us inspiring stories to make us better people. Here are the most famous horses in world equestrian:

  • Secretariat: Also known as the “Big Red” is one of the horses that has left its mark thanks to its results in the race and its history. Books and films have even been made in his name. The most famous film is the one made by the Disney studio. Its story inspires as its owner a woman and a retired coach turned Secretariat into a triple crown of the American cup. A story of faith, courage and perseverance. You will certainly want to know more after this.
  • Seabiscuit: This horse During the Great American Depression, Seabiscuit was a symbol of overcoming. Although his performance in the early races was spotty, soon Seabiscuit became the favorite. Grandson of the famous Man O’War, another very famous horse, he did justice to his legacy. He won the title of “horse of the year” in 1938 defeating the also great War Admiral. Without a doubt a horse that overcame any obstacle. There is also a film dedicated to this great horse among the famous horses.
  • Man O’War: Seabiscuit’s grandfather couldn’t be the exception. This horse won 20 of the 21 races he ran from 1919 to 1920. He is considered the best horse of the 20th century. As a curiosity he participated in a comedy film in 1925 that reflected a career from the point of view of the horse.

A spectacular list of famous horses

Without a doubt the incomparable list of famous horses. Each horse has its own personality and talents. Through the top of famous horses we seek to highlight the role of the horse in the history of humanity.

Every horse is very valuable and thanks to these examples we know what the potential of horses is. Protecting them so that they can accompany us is the task of all human beings.

Gustavo Mirabal seeks to promote awareness about the role of the horse in the development of humanity. In this way the horses will be treated with the love and respect they deserve. Undoubtedly an initiative to raise awareness and publicize your valuable contributions.