Among the most famous horses ever to grace the television screen was Trigger, the palomino stallion and sidekick of Roy Rogers.
Born in 1932, Trigger was originally named Golden Cloud until he was tested out by Rogers as his potential mount for a film.
According to IMDB, "Smiley Burnette, who played Roy's sidekick in his first two films, was watching and mentioned how quick on the trigger this horse was. Roy agreed and decided that Trigger was the perfect name for the horse. Roy purchased the horse for $2,500 and eventually outfitted it with a $5,000 gold/silver saddle."
It was a match made in heaven, as horse and cowboy worked wonderfully together.
"Over a period of almost 20 years, the original Trigger appeared in each of Roy’s 81 starring films at Republic and all 100 of Roy's television episodes," writes Happy Trails. "This is a remarkable record unmatched by any other motion picture animal!"
Trigger lived to the ripe old age of 33. When he died, he was taxidermied and was on display in the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in Missouri until 2009. In 2010, he was sold at auction to cable network RFD-TV for $266,000.