Something special happened 6,000 years ago when the horse became domesticated. The world was transformed. The equine’s speed and power gave man a new approach to the world. Now tribes were united into empires, distance travel became viable, and cultures and languages raced around the known world.
The uses for the horse in man’s life go on and on. The horse was used for food, herding, warfare, transportation, communication, agriculture, trade, commerce, pleasure, sport, religion, symbol, status, gift, industry, competition, and recreation. This is to say nothing about its significant role in the transfer of language, culture, and technology that resulted with the increased mobility the horse offered to man.
Despite horses’ enormous contribution to the world around us, they remain strangely absent from history textbooks and curriculum across the education landscape.
The Equine Heritage Institute was founded in an effort to bridge this knowledge gap. Established in 1995, the mission of the Equine Heritage Institute is to educate, celebrate and preserve the history of the horse and its role in shaping world civilizations and changing lives. The Institute is working to ensure that the developments that horses facilitated throughout history are recognized, embraced, and taught to future generations.
That partnership continues today as horses empower the disabled, give purpose and hope to those whose future is bleak and enrich the lives of others
The Equine Heritage Institute perpetuates this illustrious history and educates future generations about our long-standing relationship with one of nature’s most wonderful and utilitarian creatures, the horse.