Ancient DNA points to origins of modern domestic horses

Genetic analysis shows that the ancestors of all modern horses lived in the Western Eurasian steppes more than 4,000 years ago. Via Nature.org » QUOTE Archaeologists have used ancient DNA samples to identify the genetic homeland of modern horses, where the animals were first domesticated around 4,200 years ago. According to a study published in Nature on… Continue reading Ancient DNA points to origins of modern domestic horses

Cave artists put horses on a pedestal

Rhys Blakely, Science Correspondent for the TIMES of London, writes: For 20,000 years Europe’s Stone Age artists focused on a particular menagerie. Using secluded caves as their canvas, they painted bison, mammoths, ibex, and wild ox. During all that time, however, one species occupied a special place in their thoughts — the horse. New research… Continue reading Cave artists put horses on a pedestal

Foto Friday: Millennia old hillside chalk carvings of horses in England

  England’s Centuries-Old Fascination With Carving Giant Horses Into Hillsides The country’s unbridled enthusiasm for the trend even inspired the creation of the term “leucippotomy.” BY KERRY WOLFE ENGLAND (Atlas Obscura, July 20, 2017) — AFTER AN ANCIENT CARVING OF a horse appeared on a hill three millennia ago, giant white horses became a symbol of… Continue reading Foto Friday: Millennia old hillside chalk carvings of horses in England

Commemorate the contribution horses have made to civilization with us

The Egyptians didn't invent the horse-drawn chariot-most historians think that the Mesopotamians were the first to build the two-wheeled carts, and it was the conquering Hyksos who brought them to Egypt around 1600 B.C. – but they were the first to make the vehicles into efficient war machines.

Horses were first domesticated in around 3500 BC, probably on the steppes of southern Russia and Kazakhstan, and introduced to the Ancient Near East in about 2300 BC. Before this time, people used donkeys as draught animals and beasts of burden. The adoption of the horse was one of the single most important discoveries for… Continue reading Commemorate the contribution horses have made to civilization with us

Horse Fund launches “What civilization owes the horse” t-shirt campaign

Bonfire Horses and Civilization T-Shirt Campaign.

Updated 11/06/2016 RELAUNCHED CAMPAIGN! ENDS TUESDAY DECEMBER 6TH "The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse." We have long been inspired by this quote and have turned it into a t-shirt campaign to raise awareness about the relevance to mankind of the domestication of the horse. Nigel Tallis of the British… Continue reading Horse Fund launches “What civilization owes the horse” t-shirt campaign

Tiny real-life horses of Greek Myth headed for extinction

Skyros Island Ponies. Image by Horsefly Films via the Skyros Island Horse Trust.

Skyros ponies, thought to have pulled Achilles' legendary chariot, have declined to about 200 animals left on Earth. Cross-posted from the National Geographic » By Kristin Hugo Published September 27, 2016 The issues facing these special horses are manmade and sound all too familiar. -Ed. The breed that may have pulled Achilles’ legendary chariot is… Continue reading Tiny real-life horses of Greek Myth headed for extinction

Native American artist brings 900 horses back to life in Spokane

Photo Credit: Erin Robinson

Horses massacred by U.S. Army in 1858 to break spirit of Washington territory tribes now commemorated in mural Cross-posted from Aljazeera America By KEVIN TAYLOR Link to full article » SPOKANE, Wash. — In 1858, when Col. George Wright ordered U.S. Army soldiers to massacre 900 horses they took from the Native American tribes of… Continue reading Native American artist brings 900 horses back to life in Spokane

Canada — History Comes to Life: The Horse Drive of Harry Adair

Play brings story of Harry Adair to the stage this weekend CANADA -- The South Peace Regional Archives and the Friends of the SPRA Society will be putting on an event featuring an original play about the Horse Drive of Harry Adair at the Scenic Heights Community Grounds on Sunday afternoon. Charlie Penson, president of… Continue reading Canada — History Comes to Life: The Horse Drive of Harry Adair

Indian horses before Columbus

We were sent a link to this article, which we introduce to you below. It comes from the MarcoPoloinSeattle.com website. There are many scholarly and scientific theories on the origin and evolution of horses in North America. Which one do you rely on? According to most leading scholars in history, anthropology and geography, none of… Continue reading Indian horses before Columbus