According to the actor himself, it was his horse, Scout, that actually saved his life, allowing Depp to walk away from the accident bruised and battered, but not seriously injured.
"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 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. 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."
Shooting resumed shortly after the incident. Johnny Depp can next be seen on screen this Friday in the horror comedy Dark Shadows.
The Lone Ranger was released July 3rd, 2013 and stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Bryant Prince. The film is directed by Gore Verbinski.