"Wagon Train" The Dick Richardson Story (TV Episode 1958) Poster

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Horse Plague
bkoganbing16 November 2008
A plague infecting all the horses on the Wagon Train is the background for the Dick Richardson Story. Two families from Kentucky from different backgrounds are traveling on the train. John Ericson is from the Kentucky horsey set so he knows his horses. He also served a term in jail for embezzlement when his father's bank failed. Among those who lost their life's savings was Lyle Talbot's family also traveling west with Ward Bond and the rest of the Wagon Train crew.

Because of his knowledge of horse flesh, Bond decides Ericson's the guy to make the deal and go to the nearest town to acquire equines. Reluctantly he sends Talbot along with them. But when these two along the way meet up with a band of horse thieves, things get very interesting in the story.

Another part of the story is the Wagon Train stuck in a dry wash with the threat of incipient rains and a flood without any horses to pull them out. Some nicely done sequences showing the men of the train pulling the wagons to higher ground.

Not a bad episode of the series.
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