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Horse History

When it comes to equine history, many believe you can’t go further back than the Arabian horse.For centuries, the ancestors of today’s Arabians were carefully bred by the Bedouin tribes of the Sahara Desert. Used for war and for...
From April 1860 to October 1861, hundreds of young men rode relays between Sacramento, Calif., and St. Joseph, Mo., delivering letters for along the Pony Express Trail. Though short-lived, the system was the first truly rapid mail service to cross...
Without horses, we would not have the America we know today.This is not at all exaggeration. Without the horses, mules, and donkeys that first came to North America, the early colonists would not have been able to survive the...
The story of the Berber horses of Morocco is inseparably connected with the Atlas Mountains and its residents. As long as anyone can remember, they have been an integral part of the landscape of the Maghreb. Their kingdom extends...
Imagine a horse that can live with little forage in a dune-swept desert where cobras hide in the scrub brush and water is scarce. This horse can also carry a rider for hours through this terrain, fight in fierce...
Anyone who loves horses knows that they’re majestic, athletic, and absolutely fascinating animals. They also have some unique attributes and history. Let’s take a look at some 12 fascinating facts about our horses.1. A horse’s heart weighs about 10...
When my friend and fellow horse-loving writer Eliza McGraw mentioned she was writing a piece about taxidermied horses for the website Atlas Obscura, I was more fascinated than grossed out. I immediately informed her that she must not forget to include...
There’s not a horse in sight at the baseball tournament I’m at this week in Connecticut with my family, but I got my fix on Sunday at the Yale University Art Gallery, on a jaunt in between tournament games...
Sometimes horse breeds are influenced by several prominent foundation stallions. One example is the Thoroughbred, for example, which was heavily influenced by the Godolphin Arabian, the Byerley Turk, and the Darley Arabian. Over time, the characteristics of these three...
It’s not often that one animal can change the entire course of its breed - but that’s exactly what a chestnut Quarter Horse by name of Doc Bar did in the latter half of the twentieth century. Considered to...
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