Horses, Culture, and the Significance of the Arabian Horse Throughout History.

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Throughout history, horses have significantly impacted the human species in more ways than many people can begin to understand. Before horses carried men into war, letters across countries, pulled wagons along the Oregon trail, provided police with easier means to control civil disobedience, or acted as fire-engines, they were already culturally active in the role of human survival during different crucial times throughout the progression of human development. Through the course of history, horses have been a major source of food for early human ancestors such as the Cro-magnons, who drove horses off of cliffs, then slaughtered the horses that survived the plunge, and taking what they needed to survive back to their camps (Kahn, et al 2005:34). In times of great depression, such as the early seventies in Honolulu, New Jersey, and Connecticut, horsemeat could be purchased cheaper than beef (Olsson 2006:238). Horses also enabled Native Americans a way to travel far distances in short periods of time, giving them a better chance to escape from greedy foreigners, and possibly as a last resort, food to eat. Unfortunately, after all that horses have done for the development of mankind, horsemeat continues to be a delicacy in foreign countries (Olsson 2006:238); and not just a means to survive when there are no other options. Horsemeat is still served raw in France, Belgium, and Japan, used in a stew called pastissada in Italy, fried in Spain, smoked in Sweden, and made into horse burgers at a Slovenian fast-food chain named “Hot Horse, make a popular late-night snack” (Olsson 2006:238). “A Horse, is not simply something that must be ridden. It is an animal that must eat, that belongs to somebody. It has economic values” (Mead 1934:12). Sometimes, because horses have economic value, the consideration of them having needs very similar to that of a human is lost, and they are treated as if they were merely possessions or items to be traded....
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