Katy, for people who don’t follow or have never seen The Young Riders, is a beautiful Paint horse who The Kid fought for in the pilot episode. Katy is really a male and his name is Duke! I will continue to call her Katy though, and refer to her as female for this post and others.
Katy was a very well-trained horse. She would be able to stand on a mark and not budge an inch for as long as was needed to get the shot. She had a very calm demeanor and seemed to love being around people. For scenes with gunfire, all the horses had big cotton balls placed in their ears. All the horses were well taken care of and loved by everyone on the set.
I felt a bond with Katy — not unlike that which was portrayed in the show. I’ve thought about her often through the years. I really did love that horse.
— Marie-Pierre (@aimepi) June 13, 2014