Fun Fact Sunday: How horses have changed history?
Horses have been an integral part of human history for thousands of years, from their evolution in North America to their domestication on the western Eurasian steppe around 2,000 BCE.
Cavalry appeared in combat around 1000 BCE, and riding technologies like stirrups were spread by steppe horsemen between the 4th and 8th centuries CE. The Mongol Empire relied heavily on the well-being of their horses, and equestrian empires eventually spread to the south of the Sahara.
Horses were reintroduced to the Americas by the Spanish in the 16th century and were spread around the globe through colonization and trade, but issues of hygiene and animal welfare emerged.
Nevertheless, people continue to maintain their relationships with horses today.