Whether you’re a dedicated horse lover or not, you can’t help but admire the majesty and beauty of these gentle giants. The connection between humans and horses dates back thousands of years, with these animals being depicted in some of the earliest human artworks found in Lascaux in France. Horses have enriched humans’ lives for a long time and in many different ways, acting as transport, entertainment and companions as well as much more. Here we’ll take a look at the principal ways in which horses have helped humans over thousands of years living side by side. Transport One of the main ways in which humans have utilised the horse is as a form of transport. Horses are faster and stronger than humans and can keep moving for much longer then we can. They don’t need much sleep, only 4-5 hours a night, and once they’ve been trained properly, are fairly easy to keep control of. They can also be boarded overnight in unfamiliar stables;

this is an important point as a lot of other animals large enough to use as human transport won’t accept this. Although they can be fussy eaters, their main diet of grass, hay and grain exists in most of the world and they will always enjoy a nutritious fruit or vegetable treat with relish. War After transport, one of the most common ways humans have used horses over the years is in human warfare. For many years, if you could get hold of and train a good warhorse, then you’d have a height, speed and strength advantage over your enemy’s foot soldiers. Horses have been used to charge the enemy, reconnaissance the battle ground or enemy’s position, raid enemy camps, send communications and supplies, and to carry out rescue missions. Their unique relationship with people has led to them being recognised for their bravery with special medals and being remembered as loyal friends on the…