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Pegasus - Equestrian Club

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Equestrian Club

This group is all about horses. In fact, some of them—like Pegasus—actually are horses. Our buddy might be the only winged member of this clique, but he's definitely not the only horse-obsessed guy at school. If the teachers turn their backs for even a minute, the Equestrian Club is skipping sixth period and galloping off through the fields.


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 much harder, don't you think?


Medusa, Pegasus's 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 bother 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.


This other famous horse from Greek mythology was Pegasus's 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's chariot in battle.


Chiron was a centaur, which means he had the upper body of a man and the lower body or a horse. Unlike most centaurs who were mostly just wild crazies, Chiron was super smart and mild-mannered. He was so bright, in fact, that he was the tutor for a bunch of human heroes, like Achilles and Jason.


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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