Lorne Greene And The Fate Of A Horse

Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright on Buck in a scene from TV’s “Bonanza” Source: (Photo by: Fred Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

TV’s Bonanza was one of the longest running television series of all time, spanning 14 years and 431 episodes from 1959 to 1973. The series centered on ranch owner, Ben Cartwright, played by actor Lorne Greene, and his three adult sons. One of the hallmarks of the series was the moral dilemmas that were presented and how Greene’s patriarchal character helped to resolve them. But when the series ended in 1973, Greene was faced with his own moral dilemma…what would become of Buck, his horse on the series. In true Cartwright form, Greene came up with a solution that led to a happily ever after for the horse that had become Greene’s co-star for so many years.