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A horse is a type of large land mammal. As horses can travel faster and farther than people, and can eat grasses and other common vegetation, they have been long used by humans as domesticated animals, primarily for riding, and pulling land vehicles. Used as mounts around the world before the development of motor vehicles, horses play a role in the culture of many nations.

Adventures with horses[]

Indiana Jones was adept at riding horses. As a young child, Jones rode a pony (a small type of horse), while visiting his Aunt Grace's ranch in New Mexico. In 1905, while she was visiting Grace, Jones's mother, Anna found a picture of the ride and sent it to Jones, who kept it in his journal.[1]

In 1912, Jones and his fellow Boy Scouts went on an equestrian camping trip in Utah. After stealing the Cross of Coronado from Fedora, he whistled for his horse and attempted to jump onto its back. He rode away from his pursuers, and eventually jumped off of his horse onto a circus train.[2]

In 1916, Jones used a horse to chase after one of Pancho Villa's raiders in order to retrieve some stolen dresses. After he grabbed the third dress, he fell off his horse and was captured. After being spared from execution, he joined Villa's army and frequently rode with them.[3]

In 1936, after escaping from the Well of the Souls and destroying the Flying Wing at Tanis, Jones used a horse to chase after the Nazi convoy moving the Ark of the Covenant by land. Catching up to the convoy, he leaped from his horse into a truck.[4]

In 1938 in Hatay, Jones attempted to rescue Marcus Brody from a Nazi convoy, and instructed Sallah to acquire some horses from the Hatay escort. While Sallah complied, he also acquired some camels. Jones used a fast horse to avoid the weapons on the tank, and eventually board the tank to rescue Brody and his father. After the recovery of the Holy Grail, the four rode off into the sunset from the Canyon of the Crescent Moon.[2]

In 1969 in New York City during the ticker tape parade welcoming home the Apollo 11 Astronauts, Jones commandeered a police horse belonging to the City's Police Department in order to escape Klaber whom stole a piece of the Departments equipment himself, a motorbike, in order to chase down the very recently retired archaeologist. Jones rode the horse through the entire main stretch of the parade, eventually riding it down some steps underground into the city's subway system. During this brief period he was forced onto the tracks, then having to avoid an oncoming train by crossing at a small section within the tunnel, only to cross onto the other stretch of track and have another train chase him down, this time from behind. After years of experience on horseback, Jones got the Arabian to go at full gallop in order to narrowly outrun the train, allowing him to safely complete his escape.

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