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The Horse with the Flying Tail

The Horse with the Flying Tail
A scene from the film
Directed by Larry Lansburgh
Narrated by George Fenneman
Editing by Warren Adams
Release date(s) 21, 1960 (1960-12-21)
Running time 48 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Horse with the Flying Tail is a 1960 American documentary film by Walt Disney Pictures, that won the Best Documentary award at the 33rd Academy Awards. [1] It is about the palomino horse Nautical who won the team gold medal at the 1959 Pan American Games.

Although the movie portrays Nautical as originally a nondescript stock horse, he actually was by an American Quarter Horse names Muchacho de Oro out of an Army Remount mare of mostly Thoroughbred breeding. Nautical's registered name was "Peter de Oro." Prior to his Olympic fame, he actually had a reputation as a temperamental jumper who was inclined to stop at water and ditch jumps. When he was obtained by Hugh Wiley, Wiley enlisted the help of the United States Equestrian Team Coach Bertalan de Nemethy, and together the two men trained him to be the Olympic level jumper he became.


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