Johnny Depp – horseback rider and owner

Johnny Depp riding in the movie Dead Man
Johnny Depp riding in the movie Dead Man

If you have watched any of Johnny Depp’s historical action movies you would have noticed that he rides and rides pretty good at that.

Johnny Depp riding Goldeneye his mount in the movie Sleepy Hollow
Johnny Depp riding Goldeneye his mount in the movie Sleepy Hollow

In the movie Sleepy Hollow , Depp rode a grey horse named Goldeneye (the horse was called Gunpowder in the movie). He later bought or adopted the horse (depending on which story you read). The rumor mill had it that he heard that the horse was going to be put down (or be sent to the glue factory, again depending on which story) so he adopted it. I find that story strange since horses trained for the movies are rarely treated as throw away items once a movie has finished filming. There are just too many people lining up to buy a horse that a famous actor rode or that the horses are so well trained they are booked for another movie. I have done some deep searching on the internet but I still can’t find out what ever happened to Goldeneye. Incidentally, Goldeneye was reported to only have one eye. I’ll have to watch Sleepy Hollow again to see if that was true or not.

Below is a video of behind the scenes of the making of Sleepy Hollow with Johnny riding.

Trivia – Johnny’s mother has a horse farm in Kentucky that Johnny bought for her in 1995.

In the movie The Man Who Cried Johnny rides a beautiful white horse. He plays the part of a gypsy.

Here is an old Johnny Depp biography of his life story

Of course you have heard of his riding accident on The Lone Ranger set. Here, in his own words, is how Johnny explains the whole incident in great detail to David Letterman. He also mentions that he has ridden a lot in his movies.

Here is a list of some of the movies that Johnny rides a horse.

Dead Man
Sleepy Hollow
The Man Who Cried
The Lone Ranger


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