Caves at Lascaux
Man's shared existence with the horse extends over 35,000 years and one cannot help but wonder what we would have achieved without them.
From the Ice Age to the present the horse has captivated man by his physical presence, beauty, speed and strength...and he has been present at almost every significant event of the past.
Perhaps most significant is that horse figured so largely in the cave paintings and in carvings of exquisite beauty: from our very beginnings, horse was an object of such admiration and awe he made of us an artist.
Our shared existence is told through events shared by humans and horses, both in fact and fiction, from the times of prehistory. The beginning of the end came in the mid 1800s during the industrial revolution - and it was that other new invention, photography, that finally in the late 1800 settled a bet about a horse's trotting action and in 1878 the same photographer captured the real action of a gallop...finally racehorses in paintings looked like racehorses, and no longer like greyhounds. By the end of this lecture we hope the audience will have gained a new appreciation for this extraordinary creature who served man so well for so long.
A last word: the word "horsepower": it was coined when machines began to replace their power and it is a word we still use today - but without a moment's thought as to its significance. It would do us well to remember each time we say or read the word that it honours the horse's extraordinary power and contribution to man's history.
The Jockey ca 150 BC
"Skittles" a woman famous for her style on a horse...and elsewhere!