Remember our post Unicorns vs Dragons – An Epic Tournament? That was about a tournament between two magical creatures, Hippolyta the unicorn and Ember the dragon. Today, we have a different kind of tournament – Unicorn vs horse, Derby of Hooves!
This time, Hippolyta the unicorn will challenge a non-magical equine, horse. It would not be much fun, if the horse would not have any chance to win the tournament. So, we are not going to give our hoofed contestants a challenge, that only a magical animal could beat. Instead, they will face a challenge, that you could expect an equine to survive.
Are you ready? Let’s go!
Which One Is Faster, a Unicorn or a Race Horse?
The Derby of Hooves takes place in a secret location in Scotland. We can not reveal the exact location, because we need to guarantee the privacy of Hippolyta the unicorn and her family. If we would publicly announce the exact place where Hippolyta the unicorn lives, too many people might travel there in hopes of seeing a unicorn.
On the Derby of Hooves, the contestants will compete for speed. This is a horse race, except for the fact that one contestant is a unicorn. We want to test which one is faster, a unicorn or an athletic race horse. As we are testing the contestants’ speed, not stamina, they will participate in a sprint, a short-distance race.
Our brave contestants are ready for the tournament. Hippolyta the unicorn is a majestic sight, as you can expect from a unicorn. She has a light brown coat, purple eyes and a glowing horn. You can almost see an aura of light around her.
Mr. Magic Hooves is a Thoroughbred stallion. He has a brown coat, dark mane and tail and brown eyes. There is no glowing horn on his forehead. Nevertheless, there is something royal about him too. A full-grown horse is always a noble creature.
Mr. Magic Hooves also happens to be a race horse with an impressive history of winnings. He is muscular and agile.
Mr. Magic Hooves has arrived with his jockey, Mark. Mark will ride Mr. Magic Hooves on the race, because the stallion has not been trained to race without a jockey.
Mark seems a bit nervous as he looks at Hippolyta the unicorn; can even a race horse match a unicorn at speed? Mr. Magic Hooves, on the other hand, looks arrogant, if you can say a horse looks arrogant. He seems very confident about his chances to win a unicorn.
A Unicorn in a Horse Race Means Some Special Arrangements.
Mr. Magic Hooves has to carry a jockey on his back, but Hippolyta has refused to accept a jockey to ride her. However, she has agreed to carry some weights on her back to make the race equal.
Hippolyta and Mr. Magic Hooves will race on an oval race track. The race is run on a distance of a quarter mile (400 meters), so this is a very short distance race.
The speed record of a race horse is around 43 miles per hour (70 kilometers per hour). Mr. Magic Hooves may not quite reach the speed record, but he is still extremely fast. We might expect him to gallop at around 40 miles per hour (65 kilometers per hour) at most. At this speed, Mr. Magic Hooves would finish the course in less than 30 seconds.
Mr. Magic Hooves, with Mark on his back, and Hippolyta, saddled with some weights, go to the starting gate. With only two contestants, this might be the smallest race ever!
As a unicorn, Hippolyta hates guns, so we had to make some more special arrangements for her. Hippolyta does not approve with the race being started by firing a starting pistol, so we had to bring a phoenix bird to cry the starting signal.
Ready, Steady, Go!
Onyx the phoenix sits on a roost, Hippolyta and Mr. Magic Hooves stand at the starting gate, ready to start out.
Suddenly, Onyx screeches at the top of his magical lungs. A horrifying cry, like Mother Earth was set on flames, like horrible ghosts were woken up from their graves (I don’t honestly understand, how can the sound of a gun shot be so bad compared to this screaming), sends the contestants off the gate.
For a second, Onyx’s cry is not the loudest sound around. There is a sound like an explosion, and a massive dust cloud.
Onyx is still screaming, when Hippolyta crosses the finish line. She has finished the course in 1.11 seconds. Mr. Magic Hooves has just started the race, when Hippolyta has already finished the course. The 25.02 seconds it takes for Mr. Magic Hooves to reach the finish line must feel like the longest 25 seconds of their lives for Mr. Magic Hooves and Mark.
When Mr. Magic Hooves finally reaches the finish line, he does not look as arrogant as before the race. Mark shakes his head in disbelief. They must still be shaken by the shock waves and the loud sonic boom caused by Hippolyta’s supersonic race.
Here’s the thing; unicorns gallop at the speed of sound, or faster. This means 767 miles per hour (1,235 km/h) or 1,125 ft per second (343 m/s). Hippolyta might have finished the course even faster without the weights.
It is official now; even the fastest race horse can not beat the unicorn at speed.
Unicorn vs Horse – Derby of Hooves
So, Hippolyta the unicorn won the Unicorn vs horse Derby of Hooves. Even champion race horse Mr. Magic Hooves did not have a chance against a unicorn.
The thing is, unicorns gallop at the speed of sound.
No other animal in the World reaches the speed of sound; no animal is as fast as the unicorn.
The fastest non-magical animal, peregrine falcon, reaches “only” the top speed of 242 miles per hour (389 km/h). This is flight-diving speed. Obviously, the top speed of the horse, 55 miles per hour (88 km/h) could never be fast enough to beat the unicorn.
Galloping horses are a magnificent sight. Unicorns, on the other hand, gallop so fast, that when you would notice a galloping unicorn, it would already be far in the distance.
Can you imagine an animal running at the speed of a fighter aircraft? There has to be magic involved, when an animal is so fast. This explains why unicorn is the only animal capable of such extreme speed.