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Tango

Christopher Pike and Tango, a horse

"Spock!"
"Yes, captain!"
"Be one with the horse!"
- Kirk and Spock (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

The horse (Equus caballus) was a mammalian hoofed quadruped native to Earth. For centuries, these animals were used for transportation by Humans, though horseback riding became primarily a recreational activity.

In Human culture Edit

According to Captain Picard the Arabs believed that Allah gathered the south wind and made the horse.

A horse race was televised in 1996 and picked up along the channels monitored by Neelix and Kes when the USS Voyager was stranded in the year. (VOY: "Future's End")

Christopher Pike once owned two horses, one named Tango, prior to his service aboard the USS Enterprise. (TOS: "The Cage")

In noting Scott's timing with repairing the Enterprise just as they reached Spacedock following her battle with the USS Reliant, Captain Kirk remarked that he "fixed the barn door after the horse has come home." (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

Sung dynasty horse statue

A ceramic horse presented to Lutan of Ligon II

In the alternate reality created by Nero's temporal incursion, Montgomery Scott described the notion of transwarp beaming as being like "trying to hit a bullet with a smaller bullet, whilst wearing a blindfold, riding a horse." (Star Trek)

James Kirk's uncle owned a farm in Idaho which contained horses. Kirk often rode his uncle's horses through the countryside and would often jump over a large chasm, an act which "scared the hell" out of him each time. It was during one of these horseback rides that Kirk met Antonia in 2282. Kirk revisited the farm while trapped within the Nexus and, along with Captain Jean-Luc Picard, rode a horse out to meet Antonia in an attempt to "do things right from day one." It was only after having no fear when jumping over the familiar chasm that Kirk realized what he was experiencing was not real, and opted to leave the Nexus with Picard. (Star Trek Generations)

When in 2369 the imaginations of the Deep Space 9 residents became reality, Julian Bashir created an illusory Jadzia Dax who told the real Jadzia Dax that she should get off of her high horse and appreciate Bashir. (DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses")

Captain Picard gave a statue of a horse created in the Chinese Sung Dynasty as a gift to the Ligonian ruler Lutan in early 2364. (TNG: "Code of Honor")

Equestrian adventure

Picard and Troi with a horse

Programs featuring riding horses were stored on the holodeck on the USS Enterprise-D including Equestrian Adventure. Captain Picard himself was fond of horseback riding and actually had a saddle aboard the Enterprise. (TNG: "Suddenly Human", "Pen Pals", "Starship Mine"; Star Trek: First Contact)

Historical uses Edit

Horses were used by the soldiers on Earth in cavalry raids. (DS9: "Once More Unto the Breach")

In the mid-19th century, a number of horses were taken from Earth along with several thousand Humans by the Skagarans and resettled on a planet in the Delphic Expanse. After the overthrow of the Skagarans, horses were still used as transportation by Humans until at least the mid-22nd century. Enterprise NX-01 crewmembers Charles Tucker and T'Pol acquired horses for riding while secretly investigating the planet, though T'Pol had some difficulty with her horse. (ENT: "North Star")

Horses were used to carry buggies in the 19th century on Earth. Data saw some horses when he was accidentally brought into San Francisco of 1893. (TNG: "Time's Arrow", "Time's Arrow, Part II")

The horses seen in these two episodes were trained by Rob Bloch and John Hanna of Critters of the Cinema.

The holoprogram Bashir 62, which was set in mid-20th century Las Vegas, included a copy of the Las Vegas Register with an article on horse racing in its sports section featuring a horse that had remained unbeaten in twenty starts. (DS9: "It's Only a Paper Moon")

In the mid-20th century, the mission insignia for Apollo 13 included three horses in its design. These horses represented the chariot of the ancient Greek sun god Apollo. (ENT: "First Flight")

In alien culture Edit

A type of alien horse was seen on the planet Nimbus III in the 2280s. The army of Sybok used horses to attack Paradise City, as did a Starfleet raiding shortly thereafter. The horses on Nimbus III could be subdued by a Vulcan nerve pinch. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier).

The novelization of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier refers to the alien horses on Nimbus III as "tsemus" ("tsemu" in the singular), though they are plainly called "horses" in the film's script.

Betazoids disliked riding because of their ability to feel the thoughts and passions of animals. They feared to get too much involved in those emotions and "losing their way." (TNG: "Pen Pals")

Horse-like animals native to other worlds include the Andorian Zabathu and Klingon sark. (TNG: "Pen Pals")

Additional appearances Edit

See alsoEdit

  • Donkey; a related animal
  • Pony; a specific classification of horse
  • Zabathu; a similar animal

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