5 Fun Facts About Dale Evan’s Horse, Buttermilk


Those who enjoy old western films will recognize the famous horse, Buttermilk. Him and his cowgirl rider, Dale Evans, appeared in many 1950s movies. They rode alongside Roy Rogers and his horse, Trigger. Buttermilk and Evans were a wonderful duo, beloved by many!

Facts About Buttermilk

  1. It was said that Buttermilk was rescued by a cattle farmer on his way to a slaughter house. He had been severely abused by his horse trader owner. This resulted in him being difficult and hard to handle. His new owner gave him lots of love and care, which gradually improved his temperament.
  2. It was love at first sight when Dale Evans saw Buttermilk. She needed a new horse to ride alongside Roy Rogers and Trigger. Though Buttermilk was quick and athletic, Evans was a tough cowgirl and kept at it. In time, the two developed a close bond, even off-screen.
  3. Buttermilk could outrun Trigger. On galloping shots, he had to be held back to let Trigger hold the spotlight.
  4. This handsome buckskin appeared in almost all of Roy Rogers movies. He also starred in The Roy Rogers Show, which ran from 1951 to 1957.
  5. He passed on October 7th in 1972 at the age of 31. Buttermilk had a huge fanbase! Adults and children were eager to purchase merchandise of the horse. For many years, a model of him was displayed in the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Victorville, California.

What a fun flashback into history!

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