Humans have been accompanied by horses for thousands of years. They’ve carried us across the plains, farmed our fields, marched us into battle, fed us, clothed us, soothed us—in short, done so much to make life a little easier. But the horse is tucked away in our history, always present but never quite center stage. Susanna Forrest’s book, The Age of the Horse, puts Equus caballus squarely in the spotlight, from our first encounters to the dazzling array of skills we’ve developed alongside them. This episode originally aired in 2017.
Go beyond the episode:
- Susanna Forrest’s The Age of the Horse
- Peruse her blog about horse history and news
- Our host has definitely read every horse book on this list
- Move over, Secretariat: the best horse movie of all time is Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron (2002)
- For a dark, dreamy twist on equine friendship, watch Horse Girl (2020), starring Alison Brie
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