Who rode which horse on Bonanza?

Which saddle carried Little Joe and Hoss?

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You can't be a rancher without the proper mode of transportation. There's no better way to get around the Ponderosa than on horseback – fast, efficient and readily available. 

The horses on the show Bonanza were famously rented from the Fat Jones Stables in North Hollywood. Because the show would be filmed in color, the horses had to be easily discernible on screen to viewers. Each one had a distinct color and pattern, reflecting the personalities of the riders. These horses were performers as much as Michael Landon or Lorne Greene, and were treated as such by the viewers and creators of Bonanza merchandise. 

It's time to test how closely you've paid attention; which horse belonged to which rider? Good luck! 

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  1. Cochise: a Paint horse with black and white markings all over. His rider is the youngest Cartwright in the bunch.
  2. Sport: a chestnut brown horse with a white stripe down his nose. His rider built that ranch with his own two hands!
  3. Chub: the dark-brown (almost black) beauty with 3 white socks on his hooves. He was specially chosen by his rider because of how strong he was.
  4. Buck: the aptly named buckskin, all tan with a dark mane and tail, with black socks near his hooves. His rider is the "head of the team" - and of the family!

Who rode which horse on Bonanza?

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RGPatt 8 days ago
Hoss Cartwright (Dan Blocker) was my Uncle Steve's teacher in Carlsbad N.M. before he went to Holywood. My Uncle said he was a gentle giant in real life.
KimJarvis 1 month ago
You got 4 out of 4
Good eye, cowboy! You sure know your horse-actors.

TonyGaudenti 1 month ago
I think Adam was too young to have built the ranch house.
JeffTanner 1 month ago
''You got 3 out of 4'' ------------Good eye, cowboy! You sure know your horse-actors. ---They said I got #2 wrong, That Adam Cartwright built the ranch with his own two hands, But it was Ben, the father who built the Ponderosa, not Adam.
Alanakt 1 month ago
Cochise: a Paint horse with black and white markings all over. His rider is the youngest Cartwright in the bunch. How easy did they make that, with such a big clue? Everybody knows who the youngest cartwright is, the oldest boy, middle son, etc.
Alanakt 1 month ago
3 of 4 for me, also. I thought Ben Cartwright built the ranch with his bare hands ?????
JeffTanner Alanakt 1 month ago
The two of us are right and MeTV is wrong with their answer for Number two.
KimJarvis Alanakt 1 month ago
Adam rode Sport but he did not build the house by himself. He designed it when he got home from college but helped his father build it.
Barry22 1 month ago
Adam built the ranch?
Adam was born in New England. When he got older, and the wanderlust struck him, he decided to go to back east to study engineering and architecture.
MaryMitch Barry22 1 month ago
In one episode, they say Adam helped design the ranch house. But he certainly didn't "build the ranch with his own two hands"!
MaryHelen Barry22 1 month ago
no he id not! that is a major error BEN did!!
MaryHelen MaryMitch 1 month ago
right like i said major error!!!
Alanakt MaryMitch 1 month ago
I got that one wrong, also, I figured it was Ben Cartwright that built the ponderosa.
Adam went back east to attend college because Marie convinced him to before she died. He left for Boston when he was 18. He designed the ranch house & helped his father build it, but the quiz has it wrong. He did not build the house by himself.
Billie 1 month ago
4 out of 4 never miss an episode. Love it!!
Stephen 1 month ago
You got 4 out of 4
Good eye, cowboy! You sure know your horse-actors.

James Arness owned and rode Buck in Gunsmoke.
teire 1 month ago
4/4, but they made it awfully easy. I knew Joe's for sure.
ndebrabant 1 month ago

You got 4 out of 4
Good eye, cowboy! You sure know your horse-actors.
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