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The Natural History Museum Presents 'The Horse' Exhibit

This Friesian horse is featured in an interactive exhibit showing visitors characteristics of different breeds, in the American Museum of Natural History’s "The Horse," on view from June 1, 2012 – January 20, 2013. This Friesian horse, named Flying Dutchman, is owned by Vladimir Plochaninoff. © AMNH/R. Mickens

Above: This Friesian horse is featured in an interactive exhibit showing visitors characteristics of different breeds, in the American Museum of Natural History’s "The Horse," on view from June 1, 2012 – January 20, 2013. This Friesian horse, named Flying Dutchman, is owned by Vladimir Plochaninoff. © AMNH/R. Mickens

The horse-human relationship started as a prey-predator dynamic. With domestication, humans harnessed horsepower—hence the term—to travel greater distances, expand crop acreage, and be more effective in battle.

Horses were bred for specific sizes and qualities that produced everything from tiny ponies to pull ore carts in mines to tall, powerful draft breeds to till the soil and drag lumber from forest to mill.

The horse-human bond extended to the equestrian sports with athletic pairs competing together just as they worked together. The bond has been chronicled in literature and portrayed on film. The beauty, strength, and spirit of horses continues to awe each new generation of horse lovers.

Exhibit Dates: June 1, 2012 – January 20, 2013

Location: San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado Balboa Park San Diego, CA 92101
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For more information visit sdnhm.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/the-horse/ or call 877-946-7797.

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