Robert Taylor, Horseman: Updated

In February 2013 I published a post called “Robert Taylor, Horseman” taken from a book by the late horse trainer Don Burt.  Since that time, I have been informed that the book contains numerous inaccuracies and fabrications.  For this reason, I have removed the post.

Nonetheless, here is a selection of photos of Robert Taylor and horses:

With horsewoman, stunt double and trainer Martha Crawford Cantarini:

At his ranch in the 1930s:
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First photo: with Barbara Stanwyck


In England for the making of A Yank at Oxford:
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3rd from left: Riding in a World War II victory parade with General Butler Miltonberger and Arthur P. Storz.

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Billy the Kid (1940):
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Ambush (1950)
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The Devil’s Doorway (1950)

Westward the Women (1951)

Quo Vadis (1951)
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Ride Vaquero (1953)

The Last Hunt (1956)
With Stewart Granger

The Law and Jake Wade (1958)
With Richard Widmark.


Saddle the Wind (1958)
With Julie London; 4th photo, Ursula Thiess.

Cattle King (1963)
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With Robert Loggia.

Miracle of the White Stallions (1963)


Return of the Gunfighter (1967)
With Ana Martin.


About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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8 Responses to Robert Taylor, Horseman: Updated

  1. What a treat to see such a marvelous collection of Taylor horse photos. I will spend hours going over them. I last saw Bob in the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas in 1963. I believe he was there on a Weatherby Rifle promotion. I do know it just after I had seen The Miracle of the White Stallions. Bob chuckled as he told me that on his first day on the set he had arrived in a nice suede jacket, new ‘creased’ levi’s and new jodhpur boots. Col. Podhajsky (director of the Spanish Riding School) took one look at him and would not let him in with the horses in the ‘levis’. Sigh . . .


    • Hi Martha & giraffe44,

      Which movies did Robert Taylor use his own horses?Looks like Ambush & The Devils Doorway was his horse & same horse…

      Also who much time did it take for Robert Taylor to drive those chariots?

      Thank you,



      • giraffe44 says:

        Hi, Becky, Mr. Taylor used his favorite horse, Tommy, in The Law and Jake Wade and probably Saddle the Wind. Martha Cantarini, a former stuntwoman, would know more. Judith


      • giraffe44 says:

        Becky, about the chariots, he did his own driving in the triumphal parade. Otherwise, it was stunt men and he was filmed in front of a green screen. I don’t know long it took. Judith


  2. Hi Judith,
    Thank you for the info on the Chariots & Robert Taylor



  3. Hi Judith,

    Watching > Return of the Gunfighter (1967) #RobertTaylor…. finally found it on the web….


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