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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #25)
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:07 PM
u4ic (16,982 posts)
37. Off the top of my head
-Our main source of transport - horses were domesticated 6000 yrs ago. They transported us across towns, countries, continents, provided us with swiftness so we could hunt other, quicker animals. They have been ridden, pulled our wagons, carriages, stagecoaches, cabs, early fire trucks...carried us into war.
-They have been essential in building our agricultural society. They have plowed many a field.
-Fed us. Mare's milk is an important part of the diet in a few Asian and Baltic countries. While I couldn't eat it, some countries do eat horse meat.
-Policing. Many forces still use horses for certain areas and in certain situations.
-Therapeutic riding for those with disabilities. It helps motor skills and co-ordination on a physical level (the specific movement of the horse stimulates areas of the brain), and gives PWD a sense of companionship/connection, accomplishment, and indepedence.
-For those who do ride now as a hobby, they teach us teamwork (you have to learn their language, plus they are much bigger than you with the potential for us to get hurt if we don't understand their cues), patience, responsibility and care (they are high maintenance animals - you need to understand their psychology, diet, anatomy, illnesses, injuries) great companionship, perhaps the ability to show which broadens into understanding your discipline even more (dressage, jumping - it's not the horse doing all the work, it's the rider telling the horse).
-Some prisons are finding horse therapy very effective. Here's a bit of info: http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/prison-programs-provide-second-chances-inmates-and-horses
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