This is the first of several articles, tracing the history of the horse, as we know it, from the mists of antiquity, to modern times from research, the horse was known to the Aryans.
First, we shall, as a preamble, present a condensed version of the horse; then cover its fascinating history in depth.
The horse, is one of the most useful and intelligent of domestic animals, belonging to the same class as the ass and zebra. Distinguished from other animals by their single hoofs, the senses of the horse are very acute, and its faculties of observation and memory are highly developed. A place once visited seems never to be forgotten. With patience and kind treatment it can be trained in many directions, and is one of man's most useful servants in peace, or war, in days of yore.
It dates back to a very early period, figures of horses cut on bones having been found in cave dwellings, and in the Swiss lake dwellings. In Script references, it is always connected with warfare. The war horses of the Britons are described by Caesar. Horses were introduced from Spain by the early English kings, and James II. imported the first Arabian horse. The horse is found wild in central and western Asia, and in North and South America, especially in the latter, great herds being found on the plains of Buenos Ayres, which are thought to be the descendants of horses brought into the country by the Spaniards .
The horses from Arabia, Barbary and Turkey are all called Arabian horses, and the modern race horse has come from these breeds. The American horses are of no distinct class, but those those of England. The carriage horse, charger or war horse, dray horse, hunter, race horse and pony are different varieties of domestic horses. The race horse is most highly developed in England, where horse racing has been popular since the 10th century, when Hugh Capet, in return for the hand of King Athelstan's sister, sent a present of several "German running horses."
The fastest time made in England, at the beginning of the twenty first century was one mile in one minute, forty-three seconds.
In America most horse races were trotting instead of running matches, and a fast time would bes one mile trotted in two minutes and four seconds, and one mile paced in the same time. A horse has six different gaits, the walk, the trot, the pace, the amble, the canter and the gallop.
Horse lovers will be horrified to learn that, up to the early part of last century, horses were often eaten by humans. Hopefully, this barbaric habit will soon die out. The consumption of horses for food in mainly somewhat backward countries, such as Japan, France, Italy and Belgium and other parts of Europe.
America is, even now, considering the banning of horse meat, from export.
This from 'Save the Horses', at http://www.savethehorses.com/faqs.html:
"Yet every year, a hundred thousand horses bred in the United States are purchased and slaughtered in the United States for human consumption in foreign countries. American horses have been slaughtered here and sent to the countries of Japan, France, Italy and Belgium since 1986 "
However, horse lovers, wherever you might live, should not lower your collective guard and take note of the following, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Action, by everyone and everyone of you, is needed now. Read on:
"Horse meat has had some of a resurgence in popularity in Europe and Canada in recent years, as horses are not susceptible to BSE (mad cow disease). meat.
Horse is commonly ateen in many countries in Europe and Asia. It is a taboo food in anglophone countries such as the United Kingdom, the US, and Australia; it is also taboo among the Romany people and in Brazil. It is illegal in some places.
In many Islamic countries horse meat is generally considered clean but not halal, that is, permissible to eat, but not ideal. There are many instances, especially wars and famine, when horses were slaughtered and ateen by Muslims.
Like lobster and camel, it is forbidden by Jewish dietary laws and some Christian denominations. In 732, Pope Gregory III began an effort to stop the pagan practice of horse eating, calling it "abominable". His edicts are based on the same scripture as the Jewish prohibitions. The people of Iceland allegedly expressed commitment to embrace Christianity for some time, largely over the issue of giving up horse meat "