to celebrate the horse, to hold him in the highest esteem; to recognise his beauty, his strength, his elegance. Above all, I feel the need to honour his dignity and loyalty.
Barely given recognition
Horses have played a monumental role in the development of the modern world; in spite of their enormous contribution, they have barely been given recognition. You won’t find much detail in history books on how the horse helped to build cities, improve transportation, communication, revolutionise agriculture and warfare.
The Equine Heritage Institute
The Equine Heritage Institute was founded in 1995 by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Gloria Austin; its mission is to educate, celebrate and preserve the history of the horse’s role in changing human lives.
Our uses for these amazing animals have been almost limitless throughout the centuries – from being kept for food, for their hide, blood, and milk, to being forced to contribute to medical breakthroughs.
Horses became redundant
The earliest evidence of horses being used under saddle and harness dates back to 3500-3000 BC. In helping us to build, grow and develop, horses have in effect become redundant. We now utilise horses for our entertainment and glory – still without recognition and respect.
Take some time
So, take some time today to thank the horse in your life for his loyalty and friendship. Remember his forefathers who helped us to change our world, the world in which they continue to make enormous contributions in all areas of our lives.
“Look back at our struggle for freedom. Trace our present day’s strength to its source, and you’ll find that man’s pathway to glory, Is strewn with the bones of a horse.”