Origins of Horse Riding
Human and Horse relationships have long be intertwined; from the ancient Eurasian plain, through to modern cowboys. But how did these huge, independent creatures become domesticated – and what was the original intention behind such an act? Originally tamed for their meat and milk, the domestication of horses – and the origins of horse riding, aren’t two events that coincided. So when did the horse move from food to friend? And who’s responsible for this change?
In this episode Tristan welcomes Carolyn Willekes to the podcast, to talk about this remarkable evolutionary journey. Looking at what archaeological evidence can tell us, from horse teeth to buried skeletons, and the cultural influences that horses had across the ancient world – when did human’s domesticate horses, and can they be considered man’s best friend?
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