The Horse and Civilization tees are back

Back by popular demand — “The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse” tees.

Bonfire Horses and Civilization T-Shirt Campaign.

Besides being beautiful featuring unique artistry created just for The Horse Fund, here is what wearing this design with pride will remind folks:

For 5000 years the horse has been an ever present ally in war and peace. Civilizations have risen and fallen on their backs. Evidence of what horses have given to mankind is seen everywhere. Yet somehow, following the increasing pace of mechanization in the 1930s, we have so quickly forgotten how indebted we are to the domestication of this magnificent animal. Help change that with this evocative design.

Available on black, charcoal grey and navy unisex and slim fit ladies and unisex youth tees. Also available in crew neck and hooded sweatshirts. Limited time offer! Shop now »

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 early human societies.

Horses and other animals were used to pull wheeled vehicles, chariots, carts and wagons and horses were increasingly used for riding in the Near East from at least c. 2000 BC onwards.

Horses were used in war, in hunting and as a means of transport. They were animals of high prestige and importance and are widely represented in ancient art, often with great insight and empathy.

Middle Eastern horses, especially Arabians, were especially sought after and introduced into Britain for selective breeding between the 17th and 18th centuries, and shows how the vast majority of modern Thoroughbred racehorses are descended from just three celebrity stallions.

So, how indebted are we to the horse?

Stay with us while we explore this fascinating and seemingly forgotten contribution by the horse who shaped the world as we know it.

Source: The British Museum by Nigel Tallis


Horse and Civilization Commemorative Tee Artwork Closeup.

Commemorate what the horse has given to mankind with this beautiful, one of a kind artwork designed and sold on behalf The Horse Fund by Bonfire.

The inspiration for the design came from a statement Vivian made when talking about the exploration of America which was of course conducted by horseback, “Lewis and Clark didn’t discover America on bicycles now did they?”

You know you have to have one. Wear it with pride!

Available on tees and fleece. One time offer. Sale ends Tuesday, Nov. 15th.

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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. Image from the Ancient History Encyclopedia (online).

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 Museum wrote these words about the horse and civilization:

“For 5000 years the horse has been an ever present ally in war and peace. Civilizations have risen and fallen on their backs. Evidence of the horse’s use is seen everywhere. Yet somehow, following the increasing pace of mechanization in the 1930s, we have so quickly forgotten how indebted we are to the domestication of this magnificent animal.”

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Prices start at $16.00 for a youth tee and $18.00 for an adult tee. Also available on sweatshirts and hoodies. Shop now.

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