|This was Sam Peckinpah's first Western feature so it's pretty tame compared to his later films, but still controversial enough that he struggled to get it made.
Dragging a coffin across the desert (5 years before Django did it) Yellowleg, an ex Union Army Colonel, and Kit, a red-headed dance hall girl, stop to rest at some adobe ruins. The horse is hungry so Yellowleg kicks a pile of straw towards it, not knowing that he's also kicking a Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake that's inside the straw. The horse panics and breaks its leg. Yellowlegs shoots the snake with his rifle then he shoots the horse in a Western Cliche twofer. Surprisingly, it was all a perfectly believable accident and the snake didn't even try to attack anybody, it just tried to get away like most of them do. I'd take my hat off to the director but, well, you'll have to watch the movie to find out why I won't.