Human relationships or interactions with horses have varied throughout history depending on human needs, but it is horses' ability to carry a human individual that has had perhaps the greatest impact on our relationship with them. Our language is loaded with sayings that reflect our deep connection to this animal, probably because they have functioned as a catalyst shaping the course of our history in the same way that fire, the wheel, or religion have. The horse has occupied a powerful place in the emotional, spiritual, and daily lives of human beings.
Although the industrialised world has largely dispensed with horses for daily work and transport, our history and culture are more bound to the horse than to any other animal. From the sarcophagus of Alexander the Great and the terracotta figurines of Xi'an in eastern China, to the pastoral scenes of Constable and Gainsborough, the horse has been an inspiration for great art. Horses have also been a reference for some photographers such as Cristobal Hara in The Trojan Horse published by Ediciones Anomalas or Charlotte Dumas in The Widest Prairies published by Oodee.
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