This National I Love Horses Day on July 15, we are not going to tell you to hold your horses because today is about going all out for horses. Horses are one of the most beloved and adored animals in the world. In fact, horses are in fourth place on the list of the world’s most popular animals. Horses have been very important for humankind for a while now, having been domesticated since ancient times. Due to their versatility, horses are used in a variety of fields, from agriculture and transportation to entertainment. Horse racing and show jumping also see horses showing off in front of cheering crowds.
History of National I Love Horses Day
National I Love Horses Day was created to highlight the importance of the animal in human history and development. Horses have been around for around 50 million years and they were domesticated by nomads in 4000 B.C. The animal is believed to have originated from North America, with increased traveling and globalization taking it to other parts of the world. These early horse breeds later became extinct on the American continent. According to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System, today, there are many other horse breeds but all of them are believed to have descended from Equus caballus, including the populations of feral horses in the wild. Horses have 350-degree vision and are extremely social. They roam around with their own species as well as other animals. Furthermore, their aptitude in socializing makes them easy animals to breed.
In the old days, horses were domesticated and farmed for their meat and milk. The animal was an important source of sustenance in the central Asian steppes, where, to date, horses are bred for consumption. In some cultures, a mare’s milk was also fermented and enjoyed as an alcoholic drink. As human populations increased and commercialization started taking over, horses began being used to cultivate the land and other general agricultural settings. Because of the strength and endurance they displayed, horses were also being used for the transportation of goods and people over long and short distances. Over the years, horse racing and show-jumping contests also gained the attention of the public.
National I Love Horses Day timeline
The earliest records of horse domestication are found, particularly in areas of Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
After believing the species to be extinct for over 20 years, the Przewalski's horse breed is reintroduced into the wild through conservation efforts.
President Clinton nominates the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, to oversee the care for wild horses in America.
Legislation is passed in order to allow unadopted horses to be taken to slaughterhouses after an allotted period of time.
National I Love Horses Day FAQs
What day is National Horse Day?
National Horse Day is on December 13.
What is a Hippophile?
A hippophile is a person who loves horses.
Can horses love humans?
The love you feel for your horse may not be exactly reciprocated. But a horse can certainly feel — and give — affection.
How To Celebrate National I Love Horses Day
Show some love
Horses and humans go way back. Show some love to these amazing animals that have been our companions in many fields. They have helped feed us, travel through familiar and unfamiliar terrains, and entertained us endlessly on the racing fields and stage.
Ride a horse
If you’ve never ridden a horse before, this is your chance to grab the opportunity. Book yourself a spot on a horse riding tour, and then just sit back and enjoy. Feel the wind in your hair. Riding a horse is an experience you must try at least once.
Spend a day with horses
Find horse farms in your area and go and spend a day with horses. You help feed them, brush them, and take them for a trot or a light canter. Horses are friendly creatures and spending time with them can be very therapeutic.
5 Facts About Domestication That Will Blow Your Mind
One of the earliest domesticated animals
Starting in around 7000 B.C., dogs were one of the earliest domesticated animals, for reasons related to protection from other humans and animals.
Pigs/cattle for more settled communities
Historians trace the domestication of pigs and cattle back to around the same time goats and sheep were domesticated, but the former are believed to have been domesticated in communities that were already settled.
Microfossil embryos of chickens found in China are believed to be 60 million years old.
Changes in genes for easier domestication
Changes to the gene markers of an animal’s endocrine system can help them be less fearful of humans.
Darwinian documentation for behavior patterns
Charles Darwin documented different behavioral patterns in domesticated animals compared to their non-domesticated relatives.
Why We Love National I Love Horses Day
It’s a celebration of horses
While we do not need to introduce you to the incredible qualities of the animal, here are some of their most beloved attributes: Horses, much like dogs, are loyal animals. They also have amazing stamina, strength, and speed that enable them to endure long distances without breaking a sweat.
It’s a celebration of companionship
Horses are social creatures with a great ability to read and remember the people around them. While they have helped humans in a number of areas, they have also made great friends. Horses can understand when you are stressed, angry, or happy, and they can comfort you when needed.
It’s a celebration of history
If you want to trace the history of human civilization, researching horses is a good start. This animal has been an active participant in agriculture/farming, travel, transportation, entertainment, and warfare. People have been domesticating and employing horses for generations.
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