The last part of the scene shows the actor pulling out a bloody prop sword covered in non-toxic paint.
For the first time in the race's history, a cowboy and his mustang matched wits and endurance against the world's greatest Arabian horses.
This film contains intense action involving horses, leopards and a falcon.
RJ proved to be the most agile trick horse; Oscar the best ride for actors; Doc took the lead as the main chase horse; and DC was the ultimate endurance racer.
The Wild West Show Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show begins with mounted Indians chasing and shooting at a stage coach pulled by four horses.
A slow moving truck towed the train car at approximately two miles per hour, and a stunt rider actually rode the horse off the train.
The camera angle made the jump look higher than it really was, and pick up riders as well as trainers on foot surrounded the train car.
For this part of the scene, a stunt man wearing a cable doubled as the actor.
He wore padding under his clothes as well as a harness attached to the saddle, which two vets checked out and approved.
Search for Hidalgo By the time the cameras rolled, head animal trainer Rex Peterson had selected five paint horses to play the role of the plucky mustang Hidalgo.
TJ, RJ, Oscar, Doc and DC each had their special talents and enough of a resemblance that makeup and hair specialists could create one seamless character.
On the trainer's cue, Hidalgo backs up gently and pulls on the actor, the weight of whom was supported by the horse's saddle—not his mouth.