Almost every little kid dreams of someday owning a pony, but this childhood fantasy doesn’t always come to fruition. Luckily for celebrities, they’ve been gifted with the financial stability and freedom to have a pony (or in some cases ponies) of their own. With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, we think it’s a good time to take a look at which celebs love horsing around with their equine friends.
Being mega pregnant doesn’t stop Selma Blair from spending lots of time and energy with her beloved horse, Taffy.
Supermodel Gisele first learned to ride a horse in Brazil when she was just 9 years old. Though she regularly jet-sets around the world, she has been quoted as saying that all she really wants to do is “live in the countryside, ride on horses and live among cows, chickens and dogs.”
Getting bucked off a horse doesn’t faze Madge’s lover for her equine friends. The pop singer suffered broken bones after a horse-riding accident in 2005, but she continues to ride. She owns two horses and has taken private lessons with British trainer Daisy Trayford in the past.
Former supermodel Brinkley is more than just a leisurely horseback rider. She is also an award-winning rider in cutting horse exercises, in which a rider must separate one cow from the rest of the herd. Though she has largely retired from this often dangerous sport since having her kids, Brinkley still considers herself an equestrian.
Did you notice an uncanny connection between Depp and the horse in “Sleepy Hollow”? That wasn’t imaginary. Depp became so attached to Goldeneye that he adopted the horse when filming ended.
You could say that horses are one of Mortensen’s major passions in life. The actor got so close to Uraeus and Kenny, the two horses he rode in “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” that he purchased them at the end of filming. He also bought T.J., the horse he rode in the film “Hidalgo.” His love of horses inspired him to publish a photography book, “The Horse Is Good,” partially shot from his time working on “Hidalgo.”
Kidman did most of her own horseback riding for the film “Australia,” for which both she and costar Hugh Jackman had weeks of riding lessons before filming. While most actresses woud be wary of hopping on a galloping steed, Kidman remarked that she didn’t think about it. “I feel confident on a horse,” she said.