History Main / AutomatonHorses

12th Jul '16 12:16:56 PM Hadjorim
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In real life, horses can go lame if you so much as look at them funny. Leave 'em in a stall after you work 'em hard without cooling them out? Cramps. Let them drink too soon after hard work? Cramps. Eat too much? Colic. Let them roll on their backs after eating (they'll do that to cool off and relieve itching)? Colic's big brother, torsion - the intestines get twisted into a knot. Stone in the hoof? Lame. Historically, anyone who used pack animals for transportation generally used a mule over a horse, mules being in every way sturdier, more sure-footed, longer-lived, and in general better-tempered than horses.

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In real life, horses can go lame if you so much as look at them funny. Leave 'em in a stall after you work 'em hard without cooling them out? Cramps. Let them drink too soon after hard work? Cramps. Eat too much? Colic. Let them roll on their backs after eating (they'll do that to cool off and relieve itching)? Colic's big brother, torsion - the intestines get twisted into a knot. Stone in the hoof? Lame. Historically, anyone who used pack animals for transportation people generally used a mule preferred mules over a horse, horses, mules being in every way sturdier, more sure-footed, longer-lived, and in general better-tempered than horses.
22nd Jun '16 6:32:56 PM DoctorTItanX
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In all too many stories, that's really about as far as they take it. [[PerpetualMotionMonster The horse doesn't eat]], [[TheSleepless doesn't sleep]], [[EasyLogistics doesn't need any sort of special care]]. It'll charge into flame, to the sound of gunfire, and off of cliffs without the slightest hesitation. When men are fighting from atop it, only the rider will be struck and dismounted, [[InvulnerableHorses while the horse will live on]], nor will the horse itself participate in combat (real life war horses would often be trained to bite, kick and trample). If a horse dies, it will not be simply because it tripped, broke a leg and was put down. Nor will it age, even if it's a named CoolHorse who appears in a {{Long Runner|s}} for decades on end. Mares will never get pregnant, or even go into heat. Ungelded males will never get DistractedByTheSexy.

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In all too many stories, that's really about as far as they take it. [[PerpetualMotionMonster The horse doesn't eat]], [[TheSleepless doesn't sleep]], [[EasyLogistics doesn't need any sort of special care]]. It'll charge into flame, to the sound of gunfire, and off of cliffs without the slightest hesitation. When men are fighting from atop it, only the rider will be struck and dismounted, [[InvulnerableHorses while the horse will live on]], nor will the horse itself participate in combat (real life (real-life war horses would often be trained to bite, kick and trample). If a horse dies, it will not be simply because it tripped, broke a leg and was put down. Nor will it age, even if it's a named CoolHorse who appears in a {{Long Runner|s}} for decades on end. Mares will never get pregnant, or nor even go into heat. Ungelded males will never get DistractedByTheSexy.



* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': While their Pokédex entries say that they eat, drink and sleep like one would expect animal-like creatures to, any Pokemon the player captures never seems to need a lick of personal care outside of basic Pokémon first aid. You would think that they would need regular meals and sleep at the very least. And their severe sleep-deprivation, starvation and dehydration never effects them or battle. While the games have food and drinks that the Pokemon will be all too happy to consume, they're simply health restoring/stat boosting items, and it's never been a requirement in the game play. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} The anime]] is somewhat better about this.
** The ''Videogame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' games, being {{Roguelike}}s, features a hunger mechanic (but sleep is considered a {{Standard Status Effect|s}} while in dungeons, with restful sleep occurring only as the plot demands) and ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'' shows the adventuring guild sharing meals together.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': While their Pokédex entries say that they eat, drink and sleep like one would expect animal-like creatures to, any Pokemon the player captures never seems to need a lick of personal care outside of basic Pokémon first aid. You would think that they would need regular meals and sleep at the very least. And their severe sleep-deprivation, starvation and dehydration never effects affects them or nor battle. While the games have food and drinks that the Pokemon will be all too happy to consume, they're simply health restoring/stat boosting items, and it's never been a requirement in the game play. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} The anime]] is somewhat better about this.
** The ''Videogame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' games, being {{Roguelike}}s, features a hunger mechanic (but sleep is considered a {{Standard Status Effect|s}} while in dungeons, with restful sleep occurring only as the plot demands) tdemands) and ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'' shows the adventuring guild sharing meals together.
1st Jun '16 6:52:46 PM PaulA
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* Justified in Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Dilvish'' stories, in that the horse actually is an automaton (sort of.) The eponymous hero rides Black, a demon which has taken the form of a metal horse and requires no sustenance or maintenance.

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* Justified in Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Dilvish'' ''Literature/DilvishTheDamned'' stories, in that the horse actually is an automaton (sort of.) of). The eponymous hero rides Black, a demon which has taken the form of a metal horse and requires no sustenance or maintenance.
18th May '16 5:11:16 AM TylerL320
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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': While their Pokedex entries say that they eat, drink and sleep like one would expect animal-like creatures to, any Pokemon the player captures never seems to need a lick of personal care outside of basic Pokemon first aid. You would think that they would need regular meals and sleep at the very least. And their severe sleep-deprivation, starvation and dehydration never effects them or their battling. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} The anime]]'s a tiny bit better about this, and most of the games have food and drinks that the Pokemon will be all too happy to consume, but it's never been a requirement in the game play. Odd considering how the games seem to be putting more and more emphasis in taking care of your Pokemon. The ''Videogame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' games, being {{Roguelike}}s, features a hunger mechanic (but sleep is considered a {{Standard Status Effect|s}} while in dungeons, with restful sleep occurring only as the plot demands) and ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'' shows the adventuring guild sharing meals together.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': While their Pokedex Pokédex entries say that they eat, drink and sleep like one would expect animal-like creatures to, any Pokemon the player captures never seems to need a lick of personal care outside of basic Pokemon Pokémon first aid. You would think that they would need regular meals and sleep at the very least. And their severe sleep-deprivation, starvation and dehydration never effects them or their battling. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} The anime]]'s a tiny bit better about this, and most of battle. While the games have food and drinks that the Pokemon will be all too happy to consume, but they're simply health restoring/stat boosting items, and it's never been a requirement in the game play. Odd considering how the games seem to be putting more and more emphasis in taking care of your Pokemon. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} The anime]] is somewhat better about this.
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The ''Videogame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' games, being {{Roguelike}}s, features a hunger mechanic (but sleep is considered a {{Standard Status Effect|s}} while in dungeons, with restful sleep occurring only as the plot demands) and ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'' shows the adventuring guild sharing meals together.together.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' adds the Pokémon-amie feature, which allows the player to build up friendship with their Pokémon by petting them, playing games with them, and feeding them. This is still not a requirement, but it's harder to build affection without feeding and amusing them every now and then.
15th May '16 2:14:49 AM Doug86
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* Played absolutely straight in the later (''Discworld/MakingMoney'' and on) {{Discworld}} novels with golem horses. Moist von Lipwig notes that it's rather like riding a flowerpot you can't steer.

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* Played absolutely straight in the later (''Discworld/MakingMoney'' and on) {{Discworld}} Literature/{{Discworld}} novels with golem horses. Moist von Lipwig notes that it's rather like riding a flowerpot you can't steer.
8th May '16 10:10:31 PM Hadjorim
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In real life, horses can go lame if you so much as look at them funny. Leave 'em in a stall after you work 'em hard without cooling them out? Cramps. Let them drink too soon after hard work? Cramps. Eat too much? Colic. Let them roll on their backs after eating (they'll do that to cool off and relieve itching)? Colic's big brother, torsion - the intestines get twisted into a knot. Stone in the hoof? Lame. Historically, anyone who used pack animals for transportation used a mule over a horse, mules being in every way sturdier, more sure-footed, longer-lived, and in general better-tempered than horses.

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In real life, horses can go lame if you so much as look at them funny. Leave 'em in a stall after you work 'em hard without cooling them out? Cramps. Let them drink too soon after hard work? Cramps. Eat too much? Colic. Let them roll on their backs after eating (they'll do that to cool off and relieve itching)? Colic's big brother, torsion - the intestines get twisted into a knot. Stone in the hoof? Lame. Historically, anyone who used pack animals for transportation generally used a mule over a horse, mules being in every way sturdier, more sure-footed, longer-lived, and in general better-tempered than horses.
21st Apr '16 8:36:46 AM GreatWyrmGold
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* In ''Literature/RangersApprentice'', Rangers are incredibly fond of their horses, and will not abandon them, even if it means risking their own lives. They also talk to their horses when they're alone.
2nd Apr '16 10:18:36 PM Hadjorim
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In real life, horses can go lame if you so much as look at them funny. Leave 'em in a stall after you work 'em hard without cooling them out? Cramps. Let them drink too soon after hard work? Cramps. Eat too much? Colic. Let them roll on their backs after eating (they'll do that to cool off and relieve itching)? Colic's big brother, torsion - the intestines get twisted into a knot. Stone in the hoof? Lame. Historically, anyone who used pack animals for transportation used a mule over a horse, mules being in every way sturdier, more sure-footed, longer-lived, and in general better-tempered than horses.



* This is the origin of the phrase "rode hard and put away wet." Horses can go lame if you so much as look at them cross-eyed. Leave 'em in a stall after you work 'em hard without cooling them out? Cramps. Let them drink too soon after hard work? Cramps. Eat too much? Colic. Let them roll on their backs after eating (they'll do that to cool off and relieve itching)? Colic's big brother, torsion - the intestines get twisted into a knot. Stone in the hoof? Lame. Anyone who uses pack animals for transportation is going to pick a mule or donkey over a horse, because mules and donkeys are much hardier animals than horses.



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13th Feb '16 9:48:56 PM MasoTey
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* ''Rope of Sand'' features one mounted character following the tracks of another, only to come upon the leader's overworked horse, which has dropped dead. The pursuer then dismounts, shares the last of his (pitifully inadequate) water supply with his horse, and leads it the rest of the way. [[spoiler:It collapses anyway, and he shoots it.]]

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* ''Rope of Sand'' features one mounted character following the tracks of another, only to come upon the leader's overworked horse, which has dropped dead. The pursuer then dismounts, shares the last of his (pitifully inadequate) water supply with his own horse, and leads it the rest of the way. [[spoiler:It collapses anyway, and he shoots it.]]
13th Feb '16 5:51:54 PM TheUnknownUploader
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** After the events of "The Cave Of Two Lovers", Appa is terrified of going underground, and later episodes have circumstances where making sure he stays up above prove life-threatening.
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