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Warmblood Jumper, featured in episode 1, EQUUS: STORY OF THE HORSE: “Origins” on NATURE.
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Warmblood Jumper, featured in episode 1, EQUUS: STORY OF THE HORSE: “Origins” on NATURE.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sunday, June 5 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 / Watch now with KPBS Passport!

The relationship between man and his noble steed is almost as old as civilization itself. Ever since the mysterious beginning of our extraordinary partnership, horses helped shape the human world. At the speed of a horse, our ancestors conquered distances and built empires. Together, humans and horses flourished side by side. What makes us so perfect for each other? Join anthropologist Dr. Niobe Thompson and equine experts on a two-part adventure around the world and throughout time to discover the origins of the horse.


In a stunning 3D reconstruction, see the earliest member of the horse family rise from a fossil bed and begin a transformation into the magnificent animal we know today. Discover why horses have 360-degree vision and gallop on a single toe. Explore the science of speed with renowned racehorse trainers. Uncover the emotional intelligence of horses and their deep connection with humans.

How Horses Read Our Expressions

Encounter extraordinary horse breeds from Saudi Arabia to Kentucky to Siberia, and meet the horses of Sable Island that are truly returning to the wild ways of their ancestors. Filmed over 18 months across 3 continents, featuring drone and helicopter-mounted RED aerials, extensive Phantom slow-motion footage, and a live-recorded symphonic score.


Episode 1: “Origins” Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV - Explore the fascinating evolutionary journey of the horse, from its tiny forest-dwelling ancestor called the Dawn Horse to the modern steed. Encounter scientists unlocking the genetic basis of horsepower and decoding their emotional intelligence.

Episode 1: Origins: Preview

Episode 2: “Chasing The Wind” Sunday, June 5 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 - Discover how humans have partnered with the horse throughout the centuries, creating more than 400 breeds, from the Yakutian horse to the Arab horse, found all around the world.

Episode 2: Chasing the Wind: Preview


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NATURE is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and PBS. For NATURE: Fred Kaufman is Executive Producer. Bill Murphy is series producer and Janet Hess is series editor. A production of Handful of Films in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC and WNET. The documentary is written, directed and produced by Niobe Thompson. Caroline Underwood is executive producer. Edited by Brenda Terning and Krystal Moss. Cinematography by Daron Donahue and aAron Munson. Original Music by Darren Fung. Presented by Niobe Thompson.