(covers information from several alternate timelines)
"Be one with the horse!"
The horse (Equus caballus) was a mammalian hoofed quadruped native to Earth. For centuries, these animals were used for transportation by Humans, though horseback riding became primarily a recreational activity.
In Human culture Edit
In noting Scott's timing with repairing the Enterprise just as they reached Spacedock following her battle with the USS Reliant, Captain Kirk remarked that he "fixed the barn door after the horse has come home." (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
In the alternate reality created by Nero's temporal incursion, Montgomery Scott described the notion of transwarp beaming as being like "trying to hit a bullet with a smaller bullet, whilst wearing a blindfold, riding a horse." (Star Trek)
James Kirk's uncle owned a farm in Idaho which contained horses. Kirk often rode his uncle's horses through the countryside and would often jump over a large chasm, an act which "scared the hell" out of him each time. It was during one of these horseback rides that Kirk met Antonia in 2282. Kirk revisited the farm while trapped within the Nexus and, along with Captain Jean-Luc Picard, rode a horse out to meet Antonia in an attempt to "do things right from day one." It was only after having no fear when jumping over the familiar chasm that Kirk realized what he was experiencing was not real, and opted to leave the Nexus with Picard. (Star Trek Generations)
When in 2369 the imaginations of the Deep Space 9 residents became reality, Julian Bashir created an illusory Jadzia Dax who told the real Jadzia Dax that she should get off of her high horse and appreciate Bashir. (DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses")
Programs featuring riding horses were stored on the holodeck on the USS Enterprise-D including Equestrian Adventure. Captain Picard himself was fond of horseback riding and actually had a saddle aboard the Enterprise. (TNG: "Suddenly Human", "Pen Pals", "Starship Mine"; Star Trek: First Contact)
Historical uses Edit
In the mid-19th century, a number of horses were taken from Earth along with several thousand Humans by the Skagarans and resettled on a planet in the Delphic Expanse. After the overthrow of the Skagarans, horses were still used as transportation by Humans until at least the mid-22nd century. Enterprise NX-01 crewmembers Charles Tucker and T'Pol acquired horses for riding while secretly investigating the planet, though T'Pol had some difficulty with her horse. (ENT: "North Star")
The holoprogram Bashir 62, which was set in mid-20th century Las Vegas, included a copy of the Las Vegas Register with an article on horse racing in its sports section featuring a horse that had remained unbeaten in twenty starts. (DS9: "It's Only a Paper Moon")
In alien culture Edit
A type of alien horse - blue, with a single horn on its forehead - was seen on the planet Nimbus III in the 2280s. The army of Sybok used horses to attack Paradise City, as did a Starfleet raiding shortly thereafter. The horses on Nimbus III could be subdued by a Vulcan nerve pinch. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier).
Additional appearances Edit
- DS9: "Homefront" (Season 4)
- VOY: "Caretaker" (Season 1)
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- Star Trek Generations
- Donkey, a related animal
- Pony, a specific classification of horse
- Sark, a similar type of animal
- Zabathu, a similar animal