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Why Humans are more OP than Ponies (Copy pasta)

You have no idea how many times I've read an HiE that just doesn't know what a human is. You'd think it would be obvious, given the fact that the author is a human, but it's apparently some kind of secret that only biologists know about.
Since the author doesn't know what a human is capable of, and they feel that their protagonist is outclassed by the ponies, they usually make up some weird shit to level the playing field a bit.
But why make shit up, when you can just use real facts? In the spirit of making HiE stories everywhere better, I'm going to tell everyone just exactly why humans are the rulers of Earth.
Evolution
Both humans and horses owe their unique evolutionary history to severe fluctuations in temperature.
Great droughts in Africa made it necessary for horses to run in the plains, meaning they needed long slender legs, and thin coats. They also developed lots of fast-twitch muscles, which made them able to run at high speeds with incredible ease.
The same droughts had a much greater impact on humans. The lack of trees made our apelike ancestors mostly impotent. They were basically slow-moving meat bags; free meals for any prospective predator on the prairie. Sure, a proto-human could move, but it was both incredibly slow, and very tiring.
To deal with this, evolution selected for proto-humans that could walk upright. This made them somewhat faster, but it mostly made walking easy. The ease of locomotion, and the free hands, made for a great surge in excess energy, which our bodies put into growing a larger brain. Our upright physique also made for incredible endurance. Though slow, humans could run in the hot sun for hours at a time.
The heat also made our fur unnecessary, so it became vestigial. This made our sweat glands much more efficient. With no fur to absorb the sweat, it was free to evaporate. This made us much better at cooling off, an incredible benefit that most other creatures in Africa did not have. Humans were comfortable moving around at high noon, while everything else needed to stay still and keep their core temperatures down. Humans were completely free to hunt at a time where prey and predators couldn't do anything to stop them.
On top of this, their incredibly efficient omnivore digestion made them need significantly less food than other animals. A human could work on an empty stomach, while other predators typically needed to eat more food.
Our large brains made toolmaking an integral part of our nature. These tools, combined with our keen intellect, incredible endurance, energy efficient bodies, and unhindered hunting schedule, made us not only a threat, but one of the most apex predators in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet.
Physical Strength
Now, most people at least know that a human isn't as strong as a horse, but most people don't know this: Pound for pound, a human is significantly stronger than a horse. This is a theme that's very common in the brony community. Everyone seems to think that, just because a horse can do something, that means that a pony can.
So, why are horses so strong? Because they're goddamned huge.
An average American Quarter Horse weighs 1,100 pounds, and can carry up to 350 pounds. An average American Human weighs 180 pounds, and can carry up to 200 pounds. I don't know about you guys, but holy shit. That's a difference of 820 pounds of extra muscle and bone for a trade-off of an extra 150 pounds of carry weight.
This is the case for primates in general. Our evolution made it necessary to have strong muscles, so we could climb and swing through trees with ease. Humans may not need to climb trees any more, but we still have the muscles.
Using visual clues and general estimations, a human is roughly the same size as the average FiM mare. This is not the case, when it comes to horses. Given completely naturalistic laws of physics, a human would be significantly stronger than a pony.
Stamina
Now, I might have misled some of you in that segment on our evolution. When I said that humans have high endurance, I meant to say that we put every other species to shame. Don't believe me? Well, why don't we talk a little bit about ancient humans' most preferred way of hunting: Persistence Hunting.
This is when a group of humans choose their quarry, and never let it rest. Literally. The humans spook the animal into fleeing. It runs as fast and far as it can. Then, the humans give chase. While they're slower than the animal, they can catch up to it easily while it's trying to rest. Once they find the creature again, they spook it once more, causing it to run as fast and far as it can. This cycle continues until the animal is no longer capable of fleeing.
Let me say that again.
They chase the animal until it is physically unable to run any more. Once it reaches that point, the animal is only capable of watching, as the human puts it out of it's misery.
This is what I'm talking about, when I say that humans have high endurance.
Harsh? Maybe, but our world is kill or die.
Adaptability
The animal that is most likely to survive is the animal that is most likely to adapt. Humans are nothing, if not that. Our intelligence and innate tool-making abilities make us able to adapt to any environment. We use the Earth itself to make life liveable.
Desert, taiga, swamp, prairie, forest, mountains. There is nowhere that a human can't live.
Senses
Though a human may not have ears like a rabbit, or a nose like a dog, they have enough to get by. They may not be able to hear the sound of a owl's flight, but they can hear a predator stalking them from the tree's edge. They may not be able to smell prey from a mile away, but they can smell whether or not food is rotting.
Our real talent lies in our eyes. Maybe we don't have the telescopic, motion sensitive, eyes that a hawk does, but we can see colors that most other species can't. Namely red. Most animals can't see the apple in the trees, and so can't distinguish it from the leaves. They can't tell if a tree is laden with fruit or not.
Humans also have the ability to spot camouflage much better than most other animals can. Even if an animal is the same color as the foliage around it, a human is still very likely to see it.
Our eyes played a vital role in our survival before civilization. We could easily spot both prey and predators, as well as being able to see fruits and vegetables that could add a little extra food to the tribe's resources. It's incredibly pervasive in our culture. Sight is our most important sense.
With a pony, this would not be the case. Their hearing would be their most important sense, and that would be evident in their culture. Rather than asking, "Can you see anything?" a pony would be more likely to ask, "Can you hear anything?"
Intelligence
A chimpanzee's most important body part is it's arm. A dog's is it's nose. A human's is it's brain.
Humans are the only extant species that is capable of rational thought. The only one that can plan ahead, and the only one that has imagination. We can visualize what's going to happen, and can therefore plan the outcome before it even happens.
The same may be true of ponies, but you may want to think a bit about the differences between human and pony thought processes.
Remember, a human is a predator, a pony is prey. This would affect how they think.
Magic~
Depending on how you want your story to go, you may want to apply magic to the human. If magic is indeed a physical force there, a human's body would be forced to comply to it's rules. But how would this work? Well, judging by the way pony magic works, I could make some conjecture.
A pony's magic is based on it's race. Unicorns can use spells. Pegasi can fly and touch clouds. Earth ponies seem to be able to magically influence plants, as well as being stronger and hardier than other races. These magical abilities apply to the pony's innate talents. Some ponies are naturally better at some tasks than others. Perhaps latent magic simply enhances someone's abilities?
If that's the case, we can apply that to humans as well. Their primate strength would be multiplied to a degree. Their stamina would basically become a non-issue. Their brains would basically become super computers, able to notice and calculate things that would normally be impossible for any normal human. Remember when I said that a human doesn't have hawk eyes? Well, forget that, because they do now; although, they can still see all the colors that a hawk can't.
Basically, I'm saying that ponies aren't OP. Humans are.
Anyway, this part is absolutely up to you, your story, and your imagination.
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