Four-Legged Friends

How the horse has carried us through history

<em>The Horse in Motion</em> (1878) by Eadweard Muybridge
The Horse in Motion (1878) by Eadweard Muybridge

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.

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