Swayze and wife Lisa Niemi posed for this shot – with poodle Lucas (left) and Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy Kumasai (right) – in May 2009. As rumors of Swayze’s declining health were reaching a fever pitch in March, the actor adopted Kumasai, telling PEOPLE he was “one special dog.”
A buff Swayze strolls with a steed at the Festival of the Horse in Qatar in the Middle East in 1995. Three years later, the actor suffered severe injuries when he was thrown from a horse while filming Letters from a Killer in California.
Playing a game of “follow the leader,” Swayze leads a stylish horse around a pen in Texas in 1996. When Swayze and Niemi renewed their vows in 2008, the actor rode into the ceremony on a white stallion like the one seen here.