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[[File:Silverbow.jpg|thumb|228x228px]]'''Silver''' is the [[Lone Ranger]]'s great white stallion. The horse was so named by Tonto who once remarked that the horse's coat looked like silver.
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'''Silver''' is the [[Lone Ranger]]'s great white stallion.[[File:Silverbow.jpg|thumb]]
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
   
The accepted story of Silver's origin has the white horse living in [[Wild Horse Canyon]]. Sometime after the ambush at [[Bryant's Gap]], the Lone Ranger and [[Tonto]] are in pursuit of Butch Cavendish when they are fired upon by Cavendish himself, and though he missed the Ranger, he shot and killed his horse. When the Lone Ranger brings up the horse and where it lives, he declares they'll be on the lookout for the horse while they continue their pursuit of Cavendish.
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The accepted story of Silver's origin has the white horse living in [[Wild Horse Canyon]]. Sometime after the ambush at [[Bryant's Gap]], the Ranger and [[Tonto]] go there to find a new mount for the Ranger. They find the white horse engaged in battle with a buffalo. The horse had been severely injured, and the Lone Ranger kills the buffalo in order to save the horse. The masked man and Tonto nurse the horse back to health. This started a new adventure for both the horse and Ranger.
   
They soon find the white horse engaged in death battle with a buffalo, who has already wounded the horse and is about to finish it off when it is shot and killed by the Lone Ranger. The Masked Man and Tonto nurse the horse back to health, and though he badly wants the horse for his own, the Lone Ranger also understands that the horse has fought for his freedom and deserves to be free. When Tonto remarks that the horse, it's coat glistening in the sun, looks "silver white", the Lone Ranger calls out to him using the name "Silver", and for reasons stronger than gratitude, the horse decides to stay on with him. This started a new adventure for both the horse and Ranger.
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When the horse has recovered from his wounds, the Lone Ranger prepares to set him free, but Silver, a name suggested by Tonto, decides to stay with the masked man. The Ranger spend several days training the wild horse before he is ready to continue the pursuit of [[Butch Cavendish]].
   
The Lone Ranger spent several days training the mustang before he is ready to continue the pursuit of [[Butch Cavendish]]. With the new powerful horse as his ally, the Lone Ranger easily catches up to and captures Cavendish.
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Silver sired a son, named [[Victor]], who belonged to the Lone Ranger's nephew, [[Dan Reid Jr.]]
 
Silver sired a son, named [[Victor]], who belonged to the Lone Ranger's nephew, [[Dan Reid Jr.|Dan Reid Jr]].
 
   
 
==Radio==
 
==Radio==
   
As with the origin of the Lone Ranger himself, the back story of how Silver came to be with the Lone Ranger was retconned. The Lone Ranger's original horse was a chesnut mare named [[Dusty]], who was shot and killed by Butch Cavendish as he and Tonto were pusuing. After Dusty's death, the Ranger and Tonto proceeded to Wild Horse Canyon and happened upon Silver.
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On the radio show, the Lone Ranger had Silver for a long while before any thought was given to where he came from. Eventually it was told that the Lone Ranger was riding a chesnut mare named [[Dusty]], who was killed by an outlaw he and Tonto were pusuing. After Dusty's death, the Ranger and Tonto proceeded to Wild Horse Canyon and happened upon Silver.
   
 
It is revealed in the radio episode, [[Radio: The Theft of Silver]] that Silver is shod with silver horseshoes marking him as the most famous horse in the West.
 
It is revealed in the radio episode, [[Radio: The Theft of Silver]] that Silver is shod with silver horseshoes marking him as the most famous horse in the West.
   
 
==Television==
 
==Television==
On television, Silver's story followed the accepted legend put forth on the radio series.
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On television, Silver's story followed the accepted legend.
   
==Film==
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==Films==
   
 
in 1981's [[Films:The Legend of the Lone Ranger|The Legend of the Lone Ranger]], Silver's story was changed to show John Reid rescuing Silver from a trap rather than a buffalo fight.
 
in 1981's [[Films:The Legend of the Lone Ranger|The Legend of the Lone Ranger]], Silver's story was changed to show John Reid rescuing Silver from a trap rather than a buffalo fight.
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