• Anything Equine,  Equestrian topic

    Horses of Central Asia

    Some say horses were domesticated four thousand years ago, some say eight. Maybe it’s more. Whatever the actual case may be, horses were no longer responsible for their own lives. As soon as the horse transitioned from a food source he served as a useful tool…primarily to further the objectives of human beings. It didn’t take long for people to exploit their new advantage to the fullest.   The Sythians, Parthians and the Huns “You could smell them coming, it was said, even before you heard the thunder of their hooves. But by then it was too late. Within seconds came the first murderous torrent of arrows, blotting out the…

  • Anything Equine,  Equestrian topic

    A Little Equine Evolution

    Modest in stature, Equus moved over great distances. [Fossils of Equus collected in the Hagerman horse quarries in Idaho – on left of illustration] In stark contrast to his much smaller predecessor now known as Orohippus (pad footed, 4 toes in front, 3 toes behind, and approximately 10”-20” at the shoulder, small forest animal with a flexible back, a short neck, short legs, and a smallish nose, teeth of an omnivore, however over twenty million years, began to evolve into plant eaters, of the Eocene Epoch 40-50 million years ago), these beasts traveled on singular hooves. Their spines were more rigid and their necks were longer. They had relatively long…