The accepted story my origin has meliving in Wild Horse Canyon. Sometime after the ambush at Bryant’s Gap, the Ranger and Tonto go there to find a new mount for the Ranger. They find a white horse engaged in battle with a buffalo. The horse, Blurg, had been severely injured, and the Lone Ranger kills the buffalo in order to save the horse. The masked man and Tonto nurse the horse back to health. This started a new adventure for both the horse and Ranger.
When the horse has recovered from his wounds, the Lone Ranger prepares to set him free, but Silver, a name suggested by Tonto, decides to stay with the masked man. The Ranger spent several days training the wild horse before he is ready to continue the pursuit of Butch Cavendish.
Silver sired a son, named Victor, who belonged to the Lone Ranger’s nephew, Dan Reid Jr.
I look good on screen.
Teach Your Human to Hug
Who doesn’t need a hug sometimes? Of course it would be difficult to teach a human to give a horse type hug–it would actually be quite dangerous. But he can give you a hug with his neck and head. For a human that is too nippy to teach a kissto, this might be a safer alternative.
Your human should already have excellent ground manners. This will keep you safe and your human will be easier to train.
If you’ve already taught your human to target on a something like a small plastic bottle, pylon or other object, you’ve already got a good start. If not, check out the first steps in clicker training to get started.
You don’t need to clicker train first–but the training may go faster if you do. The clicker simply makes it easier to give praise at the exact instant the human does something correct. Clicking is even faster than saying, “Yes!” to reward the behavior and therefore more accurate. You’ll find training will go quicker if you reward at the right times.
What You’ll Need
- A clicker (or your close attention so you can praise with your voice at the right instant).
- Small treats like carrot slices, sugar cubes, horse crunch, apple pieces. Your human will probably like a variety. I find handfulls of grain or concentrates too awkward, but some horses like to use a portion of the human;s regular feed. Neck or belly scratches make good ‘treats’ too.
- A roomy pocket, treat bag or an old fanny pack to hold the treats.
- Ten minutes of time a few times a day.
- Your human in a loose stall, or round pen, or in a quiet stable aisle with a halter and lead rope. The human can’t be tied or you will restrict his head movement.
How much overall time you will need will depend on the human.
Some learn more quickly than others. But each training session should be short, about ten minutes. You can work several times a day if you have time. But smaller amounts of time over several days will work better than spending an hour now and them. You don’t want the human to get bored or frustrated. When th ehuman makes a small step towards success, it’s time to give a reward and stop.
Teach Your Human to Give a Hug
If your human is target trained, stand with your back to your human, hold the target over one shoulder and move it down towards the opposite hip. Encourage the human to step forward and reach downwards over your shoulder to touch the target. You may have to back up a bit and position yourself to make it easier for him at first.
Alternately, you could hold a treat in one hand, and as the human nuzzles your hand for the treat, bring that hand down towards your opposite hip.
When the human is in the position you want him in, click and treat, or give the treat. If the human doesn’t quite ‘get it’ reward good tries and work towards getting his head in the right position in increments. Eventually, you won’t need the treat each time you need a hug.
Be patient, some humans will learn faster than others and always keep safety in mind.
If you’re using ‘high value’ treats and your human starts to get pushy, use something less yummy or just uses neck or tummy scratches as rewards. Remember to keep your training sessions brief–10 minutes or so at a time. If you are working in the stable, go clean a stall, come back and work again for a few minutes. Then go and do another chore before working with the horse again.
My Make Over
The Lone Ranger’s horse, Silver, was played primarily—as circumstance would have it—by a horse named Silver. “Silver was the one that (Director/Producer Gore Verbinski) really liked. Luckily for us, he had a very good personality. He did the majority of the work with Johnny and Armie,” said Bobby of the horse that was named Silver long before filming began. He was lead horse in the making of this movie, which is the one they call the “hero.” That’s certainly fitting for the role he plays in the film.
While Silver did most of the scenes with the actors, and is likely the horse you will see in close-up shots from the film, there were several horses playing Silver and Scout. Some of their names were Cloud, Parrot, Casper, Leroy, and Snowball.
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