A pale horse was seen by Sarah Palmer on separate occasions right before she lost consciousness, due to being drugged by Leland when someone was going to be killed by BOB. It was usually accompanied by a bright flashing light.


The horse was seen by Sarah Palmer on at least two occasions: the night before Laura was killed[1] and before her niece Maddy Ferguson was killed by Leland/BOB.[2]

It also appeared to Dale Cooper in the Red Room when the drapes floated away as if by a strong wind.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Log Lady's intro to Episode 14 features a poem along these lines:

"A poem as lovely as a tree:
As the night wind blows, the boughs move to and fro.
The rustling, the magic rustling that brings on the dark dream.
The dream of suffering and pain.
Pain for the victim, pain for the inflicter of pain.
A circle of pain, a circle of suffering.
Woe to the ones who behold the pale horse."


  • It is sometimes theorized that it is the pony, Troy, given to Laura for her birthday, but it is not possible since Troy is "cinnamon red and deep brown."
  • It has been theorized that the horse is connected in some way to the White Lodge. It is possible that the horse is an embodiment of intoxication, the elephant in the room, or perhaps a spirit protector.
  • According to a USA Today article shortly after the episode's original broadcast, the horse represented cocaine use. As Sarah's previous visions had established that she was experiencing visions of Laura's trauma, this also implies that Laura was using cocaine. It may also indicate that her husband, Leland, was drugging Sarah's nightly glass of milk. In the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks, the white horse appears in a wide shot of the Red Room. Given the cocaine use of the characters in Parts 1-6, including the Drugged-Out Mother, who recites "119" whenever police are around (reverse speak for "911"), the horse still represents cocaine abuse.
  • In Episode 14's script and Log Lady intro it is referred as "PALE HORSE" but in the script of Fire Walk with Me it is written "WHITE HORSE". Interestingly both of these colors are commonly used to describe the four horsemen of the apocalypse: the white one being frequently known as Conquest while the pale one is Death.
  • Perhaps the most straightforward theory regarding the white horse is that it is a character foreshadowing death or impending danger. This equates the pale horse with the "pale horse of Death", of one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Bible.


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