History of HorsesThe history of horses
It' s distinctive sound: the rumbling feet of a walking stallion. For more than 50 million years, horses have been rushing through the countryside - much longer than there is our own breed. However, when horses and men met, our two kinds were strongly connected. Human beings tamed horses about 6,000 years ago, and over the years we have produced more than 200 races, from the mighty Clydesdale to the charming Arab.
Since we have formed horses on battle fields, on farmhouses and elsewhere according to our needs, these horses have left their mark on the history of mankind. Millions of humans depend on horses as temperamental, committed and very revered escorts. Think of a where horses of all colours, forms and heights travelled the globe, some hardly bigger than a small one.
What was the beginning of the relation between horse and man? Today there are very few horses left in the wilderness - the vast majority lives among humans. Our horses are fed and housed, used for work and checked for breed. There is no other beast that can compete with the contribution that horses have made to mankind.
Both of us were transformed by the strong bond between horse and man. Man has made horses new and created tens of races to make horses quicker, thicker, bigger or smaller. The horses no longer take troops into combat or plough and stagecoach as they used to. However, our long association with these magnificent creatures has not yet ended.
In this case, as the toy shows, horses are deep interwoven in the way we think about ourselves and our own universe. MacPhee is the former Chair of the Department of Mammal Research at the American Museum of Natural History, where he has been a curator since 1988. Discover the free resource below to find out more about the themes in The Horses before and after your stay.
English-language countries measure the size of horses in their arms, shortened to "h" or "hh"; one arm corresponds to 4-inch. Learn how specific adjustments to the horse's leg, intestinal system, sight and sound give the horses their own individual quality as human partners. It is organised by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, United Arab Emirates, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau-Ottawa, the Field Museum, Chicago, and the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Rosalind P. Walter's generousness made the whole thing possible.