Happy Chinese New year 2014 AD (Western) is the year of the horse. And in Chinese calender (Huángdì Era – Chinese years), the year of the horse is 4712. (2014 + 2711 BC Huangdi year)
Five most badass horses of all time. Year of the Horse 4712
Happy New Year (Xin Nian Kuai Le) Traditional Chinese: 新年快樂; Simplified: 新年快乐.
1) The White Dragon Horse (白龍馬) is Tang Sanzang’s steed. He is actually the third son of the Dragon King of the West Sea. He once accidentally caused a fire that destroyed a pearl given to his father by the Jade Emperor. He was about to be executed for committing this offence when Guanyin appeared and pleaded for his life. he dragon prince was spared from death and banished to Yingchou Stream (鷹愁澗) in Shepan Mountain (蛇盤山). When Tang Sanzang is crossing the stream, the prince appears in the form of a gigantic white dragon and swallows Tang’s white horse in one gulp. The dragon then fights with Sun Wukong but loses and retreats underwater. Sun Wukong hears from the Earth Deity that the dragon was placed there by Guanyin so he goes to find the bodhisattva and learns of the dragon’s origin. The dragon prince was waiting there for Tang Sanzang but did not recognise the latter and ate his horse as a result. The dragon then transforms into the White Dragon Horse and serves as Tang Sanzang’s steed for the rest of the latter’s journey.
2) The Red Hare 赤兔马 was mentioned in Lü Bu’s biographies in the historical texts Records of the Three Kingdoms and Book of the Later Han. It was described as very powerful, and capable of “galloping across cities and leaping over moats”. Lü Bu rode this horse during a battle in Changshan (常山; around present-day Shijiazhuang, Hebei) in 193, in which he helped another warlord Yuan Shao defeat his rival Zhang Yan.
3) All the Khan’s Horses. In battle, horses were one of Genghis Khan’s greatest advantages. Their speed and maneuverability allowed the Mongols to ride up to 100 miles per day—a much farther distance than larger armies of foot solders could travel. Small but powerful, Mongol horses had incredible stamina and could survive solely on grasses. Horses also provided food. Mare’s milk was made into yogurt, cheese, and airag (a fermented drink). And in emergencies, soldiers could drink their horses’ blood or eat their meat.
4) The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and win the conflict. In the canonical version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, decisively ending the war.
5) The Budweiser Clydesdales are a group of Clydesdale horses. Nuff said