Next to the teddy bear, a horse plush toy is one very popular stuffed animal. Given most children (and even some adults) wish for a pony when they’re young, that is one wish that often doesn’t come true simply given the expense of both purchasing and keeping a horse. Even though a horse plush toy can never take the place of the real thing, it sure does its best to come as close as it can.
If you’re a true horse lover, then you are likely quite familiar with some of the famous equines that have appeared over the years in both television and film (Black Beauty, Trigger, Buttermilk, Mister Ed, Flicka). While some of these horses are more ‘notorious’ than others, there is only one that began it all and subsequently carved a path for all other famous horses to follow.
Silver the horse, first became known to the public in 1933 when The Lone Ranger series was broadcast on the radio. In that same year, The Lone Ranger himself, along with his trusted steed Silver, were to make their first ever public appearance; for the event, a horse named Hero was the horse that went on to portray Silver. Following that, in 1949, a televised series of the radio version of The Lone Ranger was about to make its debut and the star of the show Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger) personally chose the horse which would go on to play the role of Silver; White Cloud was a Morab Tennessee Walking Horse cross stallion from the Hugh Hooker Ranch in the San Fernando Valley, California. When selected for the role of Silver, he was 12 years old and stood 17 hands tall.
While a horse plush toy will undoubtedly go on to be a life-long companion and friend, it is also makes one terrific play pal. A horse plush toy can fill in for the real thing on all those adventures you always dreamed you might have on a horse of your very own.
Angeline Hope is a collector of big plush toy animals. You can view a selection of big plush toys including plush horse toys at MyBigPlush.