Tom Selleck’s Horse From Two of His Most Popular Westerns Spent the Rest of Its Days on His Ranch

by Matthew Wilson

Like dogs, horses are man’s best friend and constant companion. Actor Tom Selleck made sure one of his co-stars lived the life of luxury.

Audiences may remember Selleck for his vast array of Hawaiian shirts on “Magnum P.I.” in the 1980s. But the actor also starred in a number of westerns as well. In fact, Selleck ended up becoming well acquainted with his horse, Spike, from the film “Quigley Down Under” in 1990. After the film, Selleck and Spike reunited for the film “Last Stand at Saber River,” further strengthening their bond.

The production company for “Quigley” gave Selleck the horse as a gift. After their two movies, Selleck allowed the animal to live out its life on his own personal ranch. Selleck and Spike ended up spending the next 30 years together.

This comes from a man who couldn’t ride when he first starred in “The Sacketts” in 1979. But Selleck quickly picked up horse riding. After all, he had to if he wanted to become the leading man of several westerns. The actor worked with the stunt team closely on his films.

“Tom’s always such a stickler for having the right saddle, the right gun, the right horse,” stuntman Walter Scott told True West Magazine. Scott worked with Selleck on several films including the aforementioned “The Sacketts” and more. “We got along great, and when I quit doing stunts, he would call me to coordinate his stuff.”

Tom Selleck Follows Several Famous Cowboy Actors

Cowboys and their horses form an unbreakable bond. Even if it’s just actors playing cowboys. Tom Selleck took a page from other on-screen cowboys in adopting his horse. For instance, John Wayne also starred in numerous westerns throughout his career. But he also had a steed that he considered his favorite.

That steed was named Dollor and featured in several of the actor’s movies in his late-career. Dollor even starred in Wayne’s last film “The Shootist” as well. The Duke loved the horse so much that he had a clause built into his contract preventing other actors from riding the horse. After Wayne passed away from cancer, Dollor retired to live on a ranch in relative peace.

Likewise, Lorne Greene from “Bonanza” also bought his horse as well. Greene spent years riding Buck for the TV show. When “Bonanza” came to an end, Greene worried about his co-star’s future. He ended up buying the animal, who found a second career at a therapeutic horseback riding facility.

As Tom Selleck, and clearly other Western icons would attest to, there’s nothing like the bond between a man and his horse.