- "That's not a star cruiser. That's a horse. Horses don't fly."
- ―Cindel Towani
Horses were large, solid-hoofed domesticated mammals with a flowing tail and mane. In some parts of the galaxy, they were used as draft animals, beasts of burden or for riding. While "horse" was the vernacular name for the species used in Galactic Basic Standard, the technical term used by scientists was equus.
Biology and appearanceEdit
Horses, also known as "pulga" in Ewokese, were non-sentient, quadrupedal mammals that lived on many planets of the galaxy, including Dathomir and Endor. They had long, flexible legs ending in hooves that allowed them to run really fast. Horses, however, were incapable of flying. Their bodies were covered in hair, and a mane of even longer, thicker hair grew about their necks and heads. A horse's head featured a long muzzle consisting of the lips and nose. The eye of a horse was set to the side of its skull, and its ears protruded from the top of the head.
Horses came in two sexes, with the males being called "stallions." Smaller breeds of horses were called "ponies," also known as "gaupas" forests of Endor. Many other species that resembled horses were often referred to as "equine," whether related to actual horses or not.
Behavior and intelligenceEdit
When Cindel Towani was befriended by Wicket after her family crashed on Endor, he showed her an Ewok-made pulga statue, which she identified as a horse, as he misunderstood her request for a star cruiser for a pulga due to sharing the same word. Apparently, at least one world visited by the Towani family in the Galactic Empire had horses.
The Ewoks mainly used small gaupas to ride, but also used large pulgas for heavier loads. In the quest to rescue the Towani parents, most of the Ewoks involved rode gaupas, while Cindel and Wicket traveled in a children-carrying basket aboard a full-sized pulga.
The Force-sensitive witches of Dathomir possessed beautiful black horses, which they sometimes rode instead of Dathomiri rancors. Some of the witches, notably Charal, possessed rings of mysterious origin with strange Force "magic" properties that allowed the witches to change the physical shapes of both themselves and their steeds.
Charal apparently brought her Dathomiri steed with her to the forest moon. To lure Cindel into a trap, she changed her own shape into a beautiful lady, and her horse into a white steed. Apparently, white horses were considered symbolic of purity and nobility in the Galactic Empire.
The Sanyassan Marauders under King Terak also used large horses as mounts. It is possible they brought these steeds with them to the forest moon, as Charal brought her own horse. The Marauders crashed on Endor almost 100 years before the Battle of Yavin, and the horses and ponies used by the Ewoks may well have been descended from Marauder-introduced stock.
Behind the scenesEdit
Many animals in the Star Wars galaxy resemble horses, but are not. These include four-eared equinoids from Cleroff's World, and numerous species of Naboo: gualaars, guarlaras, and gualamas. Many fans have incorrectly confused Endorian ponies with bordoks.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance (Mentioned only)
- Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka (as Pony)
- Star Wars: Ewoks - Shadows of Endor
- Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (First appearance)
- Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
- Star Wars 101: Far, Far Away
- Jedi Search (Mentioned only) (as Endorian pony)
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 109 (END15, Endor Wildlife)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and referencesEdit
- Horse on Wikipedia