Little Joe’s horse, Cochise, died in the episode “The Sound of Sadness.” The horse was portrayed by a black and white pinto.
In the long-running Western television series “Bonanza,” which aired from 1959 to 1973, Little Joe Cartwright, played by Michael Landon, had a distinctive horse named Cochise. Cochise was a pinto horse, easily recognizable by his black and white coloration. Throughout the series, Little Joe and Cochise shared many adventures and the horse became an iconic part of the show.
In the episode titled “The Sound of Sadness,” which aired during the show’s run, Cochise meets an unfortunate end. The episode deals with the themes of loss and grief, as Little Joe has to come to terms with the death of his beloved horse. The loss of Cochise was a significant moment in the series, as the bond between a cowboy and his horse was often portrayed as a deeply personal and important relationship in Westerns.
The horses used in “Bonanza” were almost as famous as the actors themselves, and Cochise was no exception. The horse that played Cochise was well-trained and became a favorite among the fans of the show. After the death of Cochise in the series, Little Joe would eventually ride another horse, but the memory of Cochise remained with the character and the audience alike.