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From cave paintings it is believed that the equid from which modern horses are derived resemble the modern Przewalski Horse. The large strong heads and erect manes depicted in these paintings bear a striking resemblance to this modern breed.

The first domestication of the horses was probably in the steppes of central Asia between 3000 and 4000 B.C. These first animals were kept for meat and milk. As early man became more mobile undoubtedly horses began to be used as pack animals.

Oxen were being used in the Middle East at approximately 4000 B.C. for plowing. Progressively they were used on sleds, which were eventually mounted on rollers, with the final evolution of wheels. Early in the 3rd millennium B.C. there is archeological evidence that vehicles drawn by equid, generally onagers or ass hybrids, were being used in warfare. As horses from the north became more numerous the carts moved to the familiar two-wheeled chariot with spoked wheels. Due to his greater speed the horse rapidly replaced other equid as harness animals.

In the second millennium BC the number of domesticated horses in Europe was flourishing. By 1500 BC specialization was evident, stocky horses were to be found in the cold north and slender ones in the south. Selective breeding produced giant breeds to work the farmer’s fields, and Arab steeds from the southern horses which became today’s thoroughbred racehorses.

As western man explored and colonized the globe the horse went with him. As human populations soared, so did the number of domesticated horses. Society was dependent on the horse for farming, transport, warfare, and sport. The industrial revolution saw the beginning of the decline of horse power. Trains and cars took over the horse’s role as transport. Today, the modern horsebreeds are used for racing and leisure riding, military ceremony and police duties. The horse is still a slave but its life is far easier. The horse is a remarkable species full of expression, body language and social behaviour. Even some expert horse riders fail to understand the full nature of the horse.


Famous Quotations about Horses

A bad day riding is better than a good day fishing.

A Dog looks up to a man, a cat looks down on a man, but a patient horse looks a man in the eye and sees him as an equal.

A dog may be man's best friend,  but the horse wrote history.

A fly, sir, may sting a stately horse, and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other a horse still.
    - Samuel Johnson

A good rider can hear his horse speak to him, a great rider can hear his horse whisper, but a bad rider won't hear his horse even if it screams at him.
A horse doesn't care how much you know until he knows how much you care.
  - Pat Parelli

A horse is an angel without wings.

A horse is like a best friend. They`re always there to nuzzle you and make your life a better place.

A horse is like a violin.  First it must be tuned, and when tuned, it must be accurately played.

A polo pony is like a motorbike with a mind of its own, weighing half a ton.

A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.

Arabians: A little bit of everything perfect.
        - Amanda Ferber

Bread may feed my body, but my horse feeds my soul.

Care, and not fine stables, makes a good horse.
         - Danish Proverb

Closeness, friendship, affection - keeping your own horse means all these things.
  - Bertrand Leclair

Feeling down? Saddle up, It is the only cure.

Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart in return.

Give me food and drink; and care for me. And when the day's work is done, shelter me. Give me a clean bed and leave me not too small a place in the stable. Talk to me, for your voice often takes the place of reins.  Be good to me and I shall serve you more gladly and love you. 

He knows when you are happy.  He knows when you are proud. He also knows when you have a carrot.

Horse sense is the thing a horse has,  which keeps it from betting on people.
 - W. C. Fields 

Horse... if God made anything more beautiful,  he kept it for himself.

Horseback riding is life, the rest is just details.

Horses are the dolphins of the plains, the spirits of the wind; yet we sit astride them for the sake of being well-groomed, whereas they could have all the desire in the world to bolt, but instead, they adjust their speed and grace, only to please us, never to displease.
    - Lauren Salerno

Horses can't talk,  but they can speak if you listen.

Horses give us the wings we lack.

How do you catch a loose horse?  Make a noise like a carrot.
       - British Cavalry joke

How to ride a horse:
       Step One - Mount the horse.
       Step Two - Stay mounted.

I have often been asked why do I like horses so much. Look into one's eyes. There you will see generations of horses who have served the humans for thousands of years faithfully for nothing in return. Beaten horses, starved hoses, horses who no longer possess a spirit. They deserve to be loved and respected as much as humanly possible. Let them run free again. Let them no longer be a faithful beasts, but embrace them as you would a dear friend, for that is what they are.

I have seen things so beautiful, that  they have brought tears to my eyes. Yet, none of them can match the gracefulness and beauty of a horse running free.

I live in a house,  but my home is in the stable.

If God had intended man to walk, he would have given him four legs. Instead, he gave him two - one to put on either side of a horse.
    - Montana Rancher

If I had a dime for every time that I thought of a horse's beauty,  I'd have enough to buy one.

If the horse does not enjoy his work, his rider will have no joy.
       - H.H. Isenbart

If you want a stable friendship, get a horse.

It excites me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower.....even in this space age.  And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton, and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he has been wisely trained. This to me is a constant source of wonder, and challenge.
  - Marguret Henry

Life is short.  Hug your horse.

Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management.
    - George H. Morris

My husband says, if I spend one more weekend at a horse-show, he'll leave me.  Darn - I'll miss him!

My new horse was sold to me as a real gentleman to ride. He is. When we have to go over a fence, he insists on "ladies first".

Nothing is more sacred as the bond between a horse and a rider.   No other creature can ever become so emotionally close to a human as a horse. When a horse dies, the memory lives on, because an enormous part of his owner's heart, soul, and the very existence dies also.
 - Stephanie M Thorn

Nothing moves me more - when on the way to fetching in my mare in the morning - than the sound of her neighing to me as I open the gate.

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.

People on horses look better than they are. People in cars look worse than they are.
 - Marya Mannes 

Riding isn't the matter of life or death. It's more important than that.

Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.
        - Elizabeth Taylor

The history of mankind is carried on the back of the horse.

The Joy of horses is not the riding, jumping, racing, showing, or grooming, but of owning.

The more I meet men, the better my horse looks.

The world is best viewed through the ears of a horse.

There comes a point in every rider's life when he wonders if it's all worth it. Then one look at the horse, and he realizes - it is.
 - Kelly Stewart

There is nothing like a rattling ride for curing melancholy!
    - Pared

Throw your heart over a fence and your horse will follow.

To ride or not to ride - this is a stupid question.
         - Brandy Michelle

To understand the soul of a horse is the closest we humans can come to knowing perfection.

When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, "I want to make a creature of you. Condense." And the Wind condensed.
  - Emir Abd-el-Kader

When riding a horse, we leave our fear, troubles, and sadness behind on the ground.
  - Juli Carlson

When riding my horse, I no longer have my heart in my chest, but between my knees.

When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.
  - Sir Winston Churchill      

When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine you, know you are loved.  Do you love him back?

Who among us has not as a child asked Santa Clause to bring us a pony on Christmas day?

Whoever said money can't buy happiness didn't know where to buy a horse.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink," is an old saying that is not exactly true, because anybody that's ever been around horses would know if the horse didn't want to go to water then it wouldn't.

You cannot train a horse with shouts and expect it to obey a whisper.
  - Dagobert D. Runes

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