From Pedestrian to Equestrian.

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is the word Pedestrian. Well, back in the day, we all used to be pedestrians.  We padded about, on our feet, in and out of the caves.

 

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Neanderthal man  NYTimes.com

 

30,000 years ago we decorated the interior of the caves with paintings of horses

 

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Chauvet cave, France c. 30,000 BC

 

Then we domesticated horses. And then……then we learned to ride.

 

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Parthian horseman 3rd C. BC

 

Once we could ride a horse we entered a new era. Now we could travel farther afield.

 

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Islamic school. 1210

 

Now we had horses for work and for war and mankind has never looked back.

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Top: Tutankhamen and his chariot 1577-1320 BC    Bottom: Persepolis Frieze 515 BC

I believe that the mankind’s learning to ride a horse is as significant as the invention of gunpowder, the harnessing of electricity and the arrival of the internet.

And today riding  a horse is what allows us to feel a freedom that we would never otherwise experience. It is far from pedestrian.

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To see the other responses to the challenge click here.  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/pedestrian/

15 Comments Add yours

  1. This is awesome! It’s always so interesting to learn more history of the horse!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. Sometimes in the modern world we forget what a huge difference it made when we began to ride horses.

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  2. Interesting link from the pedestrian to the horse.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      As you know horses are always in for foreground for me. Thanks for your comment.

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  3. Nilzeitung says:

    There are different legends about the creation of the horse, which mostly come from the Old Egypten & Arabic Lander (and from the Bedouins, for example).

    Hir the first once the short form

    When God created the horse, he said to him,
    “I have created you like no other.
    All the treasures of this earth lie
    between your eyes.
    Thou shalt be thy enemies
    under your hoofs,
    but bear my friends on your back.
    Your saddle should be the seat for
    Pray be to me.
    And thou shalt fly without wings
    and conquer without a sword. ”
    (*L*)

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I shall use this wonderful legend in a post on Monday!

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      1. Nilzeitung says:

        I do not want to say it is also in koran of it so more than 1440 years ago not only in mosa time it is almost always an entertaining with us, as an example of a horse see theft in human!

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      2. anne leueen says:

        I have researched the quote and it does come from the Koran. I shall post it on the Monday Minstrel. Thank you again.

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      3. Nilzeitung says:

        I am a fan of honesty & always say what I think, even if mansche human opinion have they have my responses, they have my respected! thank you back

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  4. Tina Schell says:

    What a wonderful idea for a response Anne – absolutely loved it!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks so much Tina I appreciate the compliment. I always enjoy your responses to the challenges as well.

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  5. Anne! This is nice post to make us remember our past and our relationship with the Great Horse.
    Thanks
    Shiva

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome Shiva!

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