Continuity mistake: When Paden finds his horse he is unarmed, so he purchases a gun and runs into the street to confront the thief. The thief fires at Paden, and while Paden is loading his new revolver one of the thief's' shots blows a hole in the back of Paden's drawers. In the next shot we see Paden's reaction as he looks at the crotch of his drawers and there is no bullet hole in the front of them.
New this month Continuity mistake: Emmett's holster is on the left throughout the movie, but when rescuing his nephew at the ranch, when he dives on the floor to shoot the guy at the top of the stairs, his holster is on the right.
New this month Continuity mistake: Throughout the movie Emmett wears his holster on the left, but in the opening sequence, when Emmett dives to the floor, his holster is on the right. Also, he was supposedly startled out of his sleep, and we see him grab his gun out of a holster he is not wearing, but when he dives to the floor to shoot the guy on the roof, suddenly he is wearing his holster.
Other mistake: In the gunshot scene at the McKendrick's, a man with a sling on his arm is shot in the chest. He raises the arm, and though some blood can be seen on the sling, there is no blood or even a bullet hole on his chest.
Continuity mistake: In the gunfight scene in the street between Paden and Cobb the length and angle of the shadows of both characters and the buildings change several times from one shot to the next.
Continuity mistake: Throughout the film, Emmet is depicted as being left handed. At the end, when McKendrick shoots him in the leg, Emmet is shown with the reins in his right hand and gun in his left. But when McKendrick's shot hits him, Emmet is shown dropping the gun from his right hand. As the gun hits the ground, Emmet is shown with the reins in his right hand again.
Continuity mistake: In Westerns, it is common to use several horses in place of one. However, after Kevin Klein's character makes a huge fuss over his bay, they use 4 different horses with distinctly different markings throughout the movie. They did a better job of matching Kevin Costner's horse although a pinto is a more difficult colour to match. Also, in one scene, Danny Glover's horse changes from a sorrel (red) to a bay (brown).
Other mistake: When Jake gets his horse back during the shootout at McKendrick's ranch, McKendrick's men have the horse in a stall in a barn unsaddled but still wearing a bit, bridle and reins. With a bit in its mouth a horse can't eat or drink naturally, and anyone who knew anything about horses would never stall one while it was still wearing them.