Life ain’t all mint juleps and large hats. Believe it or not, the horse exists all year round, even on the high holy days. If people who like the horse are to be believed, it is the most important creature in the world. It is certainly quite magnificent if you ignore its crazy eyes.
The horse is a fast animal – so famous is its speed that if you look closely, you’ll find the word “horse” hidden within the word “horsepower.” The horse is a powerful animal, capable of pulling all manner of heavy objects – hence why we measure towing capacity in “horsespeed.”
But let’s get back to that impressive speed. Every single Kentucky Derby has been won by the horse, except for one year when it was won by a mysterious floating orb.
Due to its above qualities and strong sense of justice, the horse frequently serves as a law enforcement officer.
It typically carries around a human assistant who can handle any speaking, writing, or hat-wearing duties.
Speech. Writing. The wearing of hats.
There is a critical hole in the horse’s defenses: it can be controlled through mental communication.
If that fails, it will do literally anything for oats.
Number of legs
The horse has been a prominent figure throughout history. The Lewis & Clark expedition, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the invention of the telephone, the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, and Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali’s 1971 fight all took place with all the participants on horseback. Naturally, the horse has worked its way into many of our most enduring idioms. Below I have collected some of the most famous ones, along with their explanations:
One-horse town: Before adopting the star rating it uses today, Zagat would rate businesses on a scale of five horses. This term describes a city with a poor average Zagat rating.
Don’t put the cart before the horse: If the horse were presented with the garbage we have it pull around, it would fly into a blind rage. This phrase is comparable to “Ignorance is bliss.”
High horse: When you take the same position a marijuana-addled horse would take, you are “getting on your high horse.”
You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink: The horse is a deeply responsible designated driver.
Trojan horse: If you can’t understand what your horse is saying, it may be speaking an ancient language of west Turkey.
Beating a dead horse: This is a sick thing to do. This is messed up.
A horse of a different color: Sometimes a horse will be a different color than yours and you will murder your neighbor in a jealous fury.
Straight from the horse’s mouth: Sometimes if you reach into the horse’s mouth, you will find prizes like gumballs, stuffed animals, or keys to a nnnneww caaaaaaar!
Look a gift horse in the mouth: If you check the horse’s mouth before you reach in, that’s cheating.
Hold your horse’s mouth: Horse-owners are obsessed with horse mouths.
Nightmare: A kind of female horse who enters your dreams as a psychic vampire.
This is the end of this list.
The horse in the future
Could the horse be replaced in the future by a mechanical simulacrum?
What if it fought a bear?
Unfortunately, the bear is a master of mental communication ever since it ate a psychic. The horse would quickly become its unwitting pawn. Unless of course we could engineer a horse who didn’t have an organic mind – only a computer. Perhaps such a creature would resemble a big metal bug. Yeah, now we’re onto something…
Is it noble?
The horse is beloved, and for good reason. Well, fairly good reason. It isn’t actually made of Heaven’s love like some horse-owner hymns say. Mainly it’s made of bones and horse-guts. But don’t let my instinct to push back against their hyperbole take away from the horse’s many good traits.
As they say in the Derby: saddle away!
“Every precious horse life is worth a hundred human souls. May every beautiful horse soar to immortality on the land-wings God has granted and man has girded with iron. (One and every one!)” – famous horse-owner call and response
“ORB IS GREAT. ORB IS GOOD. ALL HAIL ORB.” read the headline. On the next day, nobody remembered writing it.