Riding a Movie Horse

“You know, actors lie all the time. 'Can I ride on the horse? Are you kidding? Of course! I was born on a horse! It's the same with motorcycles.” William Lucking

We've all heard the old joke about how actors lie on their resume about their horse riding skills.It is easy for those who ride horses to see when someone cannot. Each horse has an individual personality. It is important that anyone required to ride a horse for filming has time to work with the animals prior to filming. A professional handler will know how to pair the right horse with the right person that will assist in ensuring a successful shoot. 

Wranglers should audition riders to make sure they can perform the necessary action. This should include the ability to control the horse safely, while accomplishing other tasks such as delivering lines, performing, and/or handling a prop such as a gun, sword, spear, etc. 

Professional wranglers are often the most capable riders and equestrians and are a good choice for riding doubles and background riders. Production should allow time before filming for enough riding lessons for all persons riding on film. 


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barbara casey

I run the Department of Everything at Movie Animals Protected (MAP), a nonprofit startup I created when I was laid off from a job I loved. With nothing but a cell phone and a computer, I said move over monopoly cause I know what I'm doing.

Somehow, in the midst of controlled chaos, I resolve conflict and solve unique problems. It's the complete opposite of "Hurry up and wait", better described as wait, wait and hurry up. I wear many hats, help staff realize personal potential, improve the company, and try to change the world. Lucky me, I am able to help animals. I mean, who doesn't want to help animals?

Originally from Boston, living in Los Angeles so long my family accuses me of "talking fake” The love of my life, my 230-month-old baby is in her second year of college. Silly, I feel like she is breaking up with me. Almost nothing makes me happier than a good vinaigrette. Dogs break my heart and cats make me laugh.