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Re: [RC] Arabs and water - Joe Long

On Thu, 10 Aug 2006 17:46:32 -0700, mrsd@xxxxxxxx wrote:

Very old and possibly true tale regarding Arabian Horses and water....

These horses were raised in the desert for several thousand years... It seems 
though the last theing you would want to see happen would be for  your horse to
jump into the first pond of water that they came to,thus destroying it for
everyone else.  So if the horse jumped into the water they would just kill it
and after several thousand years of this,  the word got out to the
horses....JUST DON'T GO NEAR THE WATER====== I think that most of those that we
have had since 1965 were real desert horses.../

This reminds me of a bit of historical trivia.  If you were being
chased in the desert, a way to escape was to foul a waterhole and move
on.  The posse would arrive at the waterhole to find no drinkable
water, and have to turn back or die.

I understand that Indians would foul waterholes with the carcasses of
coyotes, to foil pursuing cavalry.

I remember reading a Western novel once where "our hero" was fleeing
the bad guys on horseback.  He was making a heroic run -- I quote, "in
three days he was a hundred miles from [the town where the chase
started]."  I fell off my chair laughing.

Joe Long


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[RC] Arabs and water, mrsd