When Maximus describes his home to Emperor Marcus Aurelius, he describes that he has a lot of ponies and that his son wants to be one of them. He is seen playing with ponies, and he also wants to run up to his father when he returns home from being a General in the Roman Army.
After Maximus escaped an execution by the new Emperor Commodus, Commodus ordered cavalrymen to ride up to the farm of Maximus in Trujillo and burn it. He ran up and was trampled by the horsemen. Both he and his mother were taken back to the house's porch and crucified.