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Great Horses of History and Why We Should Not Trust in Horses Part 2

Updated: May 6

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:17


Horses have played an integral part in mankind's history.

Horses as beasts of burden have carried men into battle for thousands of years.

And in doing so became the targets of their enemies. Horses were killed in massive numbers in these battles.

Some horses defied the odds and along with their rider became legends.

One such horse was Bucephalus, Alexandre the Great's horse.


The Bible mentions horses many times as war horses.

Man's tendency to rely on the tangible, the physical (like horses) takes us away from dependence on God.

We must be reminded not to depend on or trust in horses, or men, or anything in this physical world.

Although we are amazed at the horse as God's creation we cannot depend on the horse or the rider for our eternal life.

Trust in God, not horses!


Alexander The Great & Warhorse Bucephalus, To The Conquest Of The World.

Video from Horse History


Bucephalus: why is Alexander the Great's horse famous?

Alexander the Great was famous for many things – including his bond with his horse Bucephalus. Professor Paul Cartledge explains exactly how the Macedonian empire builder came to cherish his steed

One day Philoneicus of Thessaly brought Philip a horse named Bucephalas, offering him for sale. They went down to the plain to look at him and found him to be apparently unmanageable. He allowed no one to mount him, refused to obey the commands of Philip’s grooms, and reared up against anyone who approached him. Philip was angry at being offered an unbroken and vicious animal and told Philoneicus to take him away.

The young Alexander the Great exclaimed “What a horse they are losing! And just because they lack the knowledge or courage to handle him”. Philip at first kept silent, but, impressed by the distress of Alexander’s repeated exclamations, he asked him: “Do you think you know more than your elders? Do you criticise them because you believe you can manage horses better?” “Yes”, replied Alexander. “At least I can manage this one better”. “And if you cannot”, said his father, “what price are you prepared to pay for your insolence?” “The price of the horse”, replied the boy.

How did Alexander the Great die? Also, where is Alexander the Great buried, and has his tomb actually been found? Professor Paul Cartledge gives his view…

Amid general laughter father and son settled the terms of the bet, and Alexander ran over to Bucephalas, grasped his reins and turned him towards the sun. For he had noticed that the horse was panicked by the sight of his own shadow ... When he saw that the horse was over his fears and eager for a gallop, Alexander urged him forward, controlling him with his commanding voice and with a touch of his heels ... Philip wept for joy, kissed Alexander and said: “My son, Macedonia is too small for you – you’d better find a kingdom your own size”.


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