“Our horses would fare badly on the scanty nourishment afforded the Arabian. The mare usually has but one or two meals in twenty-four hours. At night she recieves a little water; and with her scanty provender of five or six pounds of barley or beans, and sometimes a little straw, she lies down content, in the midst of her master’s family. She can, however, endure great fatigue; she will travel fifty miles without stopping; she has been pushed, on emergency, one hundred and twenty miles, and, occasionally, neither she nor her rider has tasted food for three whole days.” ~”The Horse: With a treatise of draugh and a copious index” by William Youatt, 1831
This certainly is not the case for my mare in the photo below. Demanding, unwilling to be pushed a mile, and eating more than her fair share, it is her rider who endures the harshness of the day. Yes, my dear readers, her rider is far more fit for endurance on the trail than this spoiled mare.