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Re: Of a handful of dates and Arabians

>Does it make sense or is it a romantic notion?  How much nutrition is in a handful of dates?   Would it be enough to sustain a hardworking horse?

A handful of dates has about the same energy (calories) as about a pound of hay.  A cup of water is about what a hard working horse would sweat out in a few minutes at maximal sweat rates.  Do the math.  Sure, you can hand that to a horse and make him carry you across the desert, I hear a number of people tried that at Catoosa.  The real question is how many of the horses actually survived afterwards?
Highly, *highly* romanticized notion.  At least if you're imagining the horses did that for very long, or survived without major damage.
Susan G

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