Did you know horses have healing powers? Equine therapists actually use horses to help treat certain mental health issues like depression. That’s just one reason we love them. National Horse Day is a day to remember the economic, historic, and cultural contributions that horses have made. Equine enthusiasts across the country will get together on December 13 to show their appreciation for these majestic creatures. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or have never been on a horse in your life, check out some ways you can recognize the day!
National Horse Day - History
New research done on horse eyesight
Equine specialists learned that horses see colors differently than humans. This information can be used to improve racecourse safety.
May 17, 1875
The Kentucky Derby began
The horse Aristides, and his rider, Oliver Lewis, won the first ever Derby.
The Mongols went to war
They were well known for their speedy raids and horse-mounted archers. With the help of the horse, they were able to conquer much of the Asian continent.
Humans began domesticating horses
The earliest evidence came from shin bones and bit gear found in Kazakhstan. By 3000 BC, domesticated horses were widespread.
National Horse Day Activities
1. Go for a horseback ride
Whether you're an avid equestrian or a horse novice, take a ride to celebrate National Horse Day.
2. Watch a horse movie
"Seabiscuit," "Black Beauty," "National Velvet." And that's just the beginning.
3. Donate to an equine charity
Lots of organizations are dedicated to helping horses. Do some research and find out how you can help.
5 Wild Horse Facts
1. Isn't a Mustang a car?
Mustangs are wild horses that live mainly in the western U.S.
2. We can thank Spanish explorers
Mustangs are descended from Iberian horses, which were brought by Spanish explorers to the Americas.
3. Big horses, small numbers
Though they they aren't on the endangered species list, there are fewer than 25,000 wild horses in the U.S.
4. They're built for survival
Mustangs have no natural predators.
5. Age is but a number
Some horses can live up to 40 years in the wild.
Why We Love National Horse Day
A. Horses have been our companions for thousands of years
Humans have bonded with horses for a long time, so it only makes sense that there is a whole day dedicated to them!
B. Horses play a big role in American culture
From cowboys to the Kentucky Derby, horses are ingrained in American history. Whether you're a horse person or not, you've surely witnessed America's love for horses at some point.
C. Horses make our lives better
Equestrians love the spirit of competition that comes with riding in horse shows. Farmers need horses to manage everyday tasks. And plenty of people in between enjoy going for the occasional horseback ride. Horses bring a sense of enjoyment and camraderie into the lives of people across the world.