How they used to fake horseback riding scenes in the movies


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I’ll never trust Hollywood ever again.


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Thankfully the technology improved by the 1970’s.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=65j_3eIYWQM


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there goes that running tree again with someone holding on


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To be honest though, I was hoping for Ozzy on horseback…


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Ah, the music, the laugh, the whimsy! I am thus restored.


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They still use the old mechanical horses for some movies; they’re just kept out of frame.

The most notable instance that I can recall is Christopher Walken in Sleepy Hollow. Despite playing the Headless Horseman he apparently does not get on well with horses, so for close-ups on horseback he’s on the mechanical beast. Any time an actual horse is there the Horseman is the stunt rider.


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Or digitally replaced depending on the nature of the mount.

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It gets weird when they digitally replace the real horses though.


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Click through for the gif.


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