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Centaurs - Equestrian Club

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Equestrian Club

Since the centaurs are half-horse, they're pretty popular members of this club that's all about equines. There's no doubt that these guys are a wild bunch. If the teachers turn their backs for even a minute, the Equestrian Club is skipping sixth period and galloping off through the fields.


Even though these rowdy pals of Dionysus are shown as being part goat, they were originally thought of as being part horse. The earliest descriptions say they had either a horse or donkey tail, with some horsey ears sticking up, to boot. Sometimes they even had horse legs, but only two unlike the four-legged centaurs.


We have to admit, this guy is one of our favorites. Come on, he's a horse with wings. Seriously, how awesome is that? Pegasus is most famous for helping the hero Bellerophon kill the beastly Chimera and for eventually becoming Zeus' personal thunderbolt bearer.


Medusa, Pegasus' mom, never got to see her little Peggy born. She was turned into a horrible monster by Athena after she was seduced by Poseidon in Athena's temple. Her little winged foal wasn't born until after Perseus came and lopped off her head. As her head went flying, Pegasus and his brother Chrysaor, a giant, came leaping out of their mother's neck. We're not sure, but his just might win the award for the strangest birth story ever.


Poseidon, god of the sea, also happens to be the god of horses. In fact, he invented them—from ocean waves. He fathered two horse-children—Pegasus (with Medusa) and Arion (with Demeter). Everyone is super grateful to the sea god for this miraculous invention. After all, without horses, building things and getting places would have been pretty much impossible.


This other famous horse from Greek mythology was Pegasus' half-brother. Even though Arion couldn't fly, he was said to be lightning fast, super intelligent, and able to talk. Pretty impressive. Like Pegasus, Arion was the product of some bad behavior from Poseidon. See, when Poseidon started flirting with his sister Demeter, she changed herself into a mare to hide from him. The horse god wasn't fooled, though. He changed himself into a stallion and mated with Demeter anyway. Next thing you know, Demeter is giving birth to a talking horse. Life is funny sometimes, isn't it?

Xanthus and Balius

These two immortal horses from Greek mythology could give even Pegasus and Arion a run for their money. Their father was Zephyrus, the west wind, which probably explains why they could run so fast. These horsey brothers were a wedding present from Poseidon to Peleus, the father of Achilles. Later on, they drew Achilles' chariot in battle.


Loki is the Norse Trickster god. One time, he shape-shifted into a mare to seduce a stallion—all in the name of winning a bet. Now that's devotion.

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