Hollywood star Johnny Depp has claimed a horse saved his life after he fell off while filming the upcoming Western movie “Lone Ranger”.

According to the actor the strong bond he forged with the horse made it react instinctively – to ensure his fall wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

Johnny, who is 48, told the Daily Mirror: “I’m lucky to be here. I’ve done a number of films on horseback and I’ve taken a couple of spills but this was a violent one.

”I went down badly and I was dragged for 25 yards and in the end the horse just jumped over me and clipped me with his back legs.

”I had a good relationship with the horse, which was named Scout, and when I look at the tape I can see that Scout saved my life.”

Johnny plays the Lone Ranger’s Native American sidekick Tonto in the film, due to be released in 2013.