Today we are going to start with a family that is loved by many. Is not my cup of tea but I have learned about them and they are indeed fascinating. The equines.
The domestication of horses is believed to occurred around 4000 to 3500 BCE, possibly in what is today Kazakhstan. However, there is some debate among experts about the exact time and location of horse domestication, as evidence of early horse domestication is limited and sometimes difficult to interpret. It is generally agreed, however, that horses were first domesticated for their meat, milk, and hides, and that they were later used for transportation, agriculture, and warfare.
There are numerous breeds of domestic horses, which are classified into three categories: Hot Blood, Cold Blood, and Warm Blood. These majestic creatures have played a crucial role in human evolution. The horse was one of the first animals to be domesticated, and their partnership with humans has allowed us to travel greater distances, carry heavy loads, cultivate crops with greater efficiency, and conquer the world. In short, without the taming of horses, we would not have been able to achieve the level of progress and development that we have today.
It is also a very recurrent animal in art as we have seen it in many paintings and sculptures throughout history. It is commonly connected with strength, power, speed, and freedom. It is clear that this animal awakened an ongoing fascination that has been represented on numerous occasions.
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One of a Few Horses Along the Border of Big Bend National Park in Boquillas Canyon by Mark Stevens
One of several horses that a friend and I came across while walking the Boquillas Canyon Trail. In this image, I zoomed in on the focal length to more or less center the horse as it grazed. The idea would be to have a little bit of the nearby plant-life and landscape to add framing for the horse and bring a focus to the image center. And yes, seeing several horses in a national park was not something I’d typically come across. I found across this article that explained the issue: roamlab.com/big-bend-wild-horses/
Video and caption from the “Help Alberta Wildies Society”
The next time someone tells you that the Wild Horses have no natural predators, send them to me. We are losing a lot of horses this year, sooner and quicker than in past years. Not just the foals. Adults also.
White Spirit's band was right in front of us today, and even though Serena and Middle mare have foaled, the only foal in the band is Malibu. Serena has lost her foal within 3 days of birthing, two years in a row. We picked her up on a camera today and she is in heat. We have picked up 8 different bears now on the cameras in the last few weeks.