Free Fuel & Energy Articles

Professional Authors - Professional Articles

Fuel & Energy Resources - The Power of the Horse Before the Industrial Age!

As early back as the stone age hunters the horse has served some purpose for man. Back then it was before they realized the amazing potential of the horse. Instead of using the horse for riding and work, they were used as a source of food. One horse could feed a family of four for a month. By 3000 BC however, man began to realize they could be used for more than just food and they started taming them to be hitched to a variety of different carts to do work for the people. At this time, the horses that were captured and tamed were probably too small to ride since most only stood 14 hands or 56 inches in height. It was around 1800 BC when horses were discovered to be far better in warfare than would be expected. The Hittites created the war chariot and were able to conquer Mesopotamia along with Egypt by using chariots drawn by horses. It was about 800 years later that man discovered that the horse could be ridden by individual soldiers. The reason they think that it took so long to move to this phase is because they need to start trying to breed bigger and stronger horses that could carry a man, especially one that might be wearing armor. Not only that they needed to invent all the different things a person would need to try and stay on the horse, things all riders take for granted today.

Once the horse became the key in warfare other things began to arise that people realized that they could do with the horse. One of those was travel. Travel by horse became important for the conquerors who would have to keep control over the territories they won in war. So the horse became the best way to keep track of all of this.

Using the horse for travel continued to be the best and fastest way to get somewhere for both travel and communication between people until the later part of the 19th century when the steam engine was created and the telegraph became popular. But for centuries, the horse was the king of travel and communication.

Another popular reason for horses was to use as a source of entertainment. Even though horses were key in warfare humans soon discovered that if they learned to ride a horse they could use their horse in the sport of hunting and it enabled them to go after bigger and more challenging types of game. It was the Persians and the Greeks that first started racing with horses. It was in Greece where people were encouraged to take an interest in horsemanship, something they used for self discipline as well. In fact the oldest book ever written about being a good horseman was written by Xenophon who was born in 430 BC. His book is called “The Art of Horsemanship”.

Beyond war, travel and leisure came work. It took quite a while though for people to realize the horse could also be good at doing work. For much of early human history oxen and donkeys were the biggest sources of work animals. The reason for this is that it took centuries to breed horses that were heavy enough to carry the burden of heavy duty work. Most horses of ancient time were also more expensive to keep and they had to eat more than oxen and donkeys due to their less efficient digestive system.

It was not until the medieval days that horses heavy enough began to appear to be used as farming animals. This was also when the shoulder or horse collar was invented and farmers then were able to use their horses to cover more farmland than their donkeys or oxen could. This was mainly due to their extreme speed and greater strength.

For over 2,500 years or until the internal combustion engine was born, the horse and all horse drawn vehicles were the most effective ways to travel long distance, plow the fields, wage war and fulfill the leisurely needs of mankind. Without horses, it could be possible that our development and exploration may have been slower to develop. The horse, and it's influence on man has been immense over the centuries.

Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image

switching power wire clippers fuel green hotels flashlights ethanol-optimized wave energy cigarette lighter common misconceptions disease mobile phone power company emf uranium mining food shortages combustion energy computerized timers geothermal wind mills power supply wind turbines energy resources larger model older cars ancient age power cord charge controller alternative energy sources free electricity generate electricity copper wire uranium geothermal power electromotive force solar energy knolwedge fuel costs home appliances petroleum fuels prepaid mobile convert ac power good vehicle technological advancement atmospheric pollution save fuel save money recharge solar batteries energy bills tax break alternative energy energy efficiency high level waste hustle and bustle open road turbines science experiment greenhouse effect ethanol gas informed choice human race energy cell shale gas smaller model civilization copper flashing solar powered accessories sun stove top energy saving energy Integra highway driving wind power power generation mini solar panel house heat prepaid mobile phone state government save energy nuclear energy renewable energy resource environment natural oil gasoline renewable sources ac power energy appliances local regulator air-conditioning burning coal city driving heat idle engine alternate energy requirements heating systems personal finances natural gas radio fuel and ennergy features wind farms automobile local government grants solar panels energy source wood rating labels hybrid powertrain radioactive renewal energy recharging nuclear waste disposal coal fuel price of oil small appliances camping alternative fuel salt wonders of nature lanterns high temperatures Toyota Echo cell phone best applicances fuel cells hyrdo electricity alternating current water powered generator past fuels Cash for Clunkers program power government technology industrial age energy star rating engine electric company electricity generation horses phone bill fuel and energy light bulb cut energy bills wind energy power station sunlight renewable energy heavy duty work greenhouse gases budget solar needs wind turbine open curtains energy rebate fossil fuels 12 volt energy sources horse power hydrogen fuel energy crisis water consumer organizations fuel efficient health consequences science project magnet human rights green energy new car older car conserve electricity tin snips shale oil nuclear waste bill alternative energy source excess energy small light mobile phone money home energy battery computers methanol government grants platinum wire wire fuel cell fuel resources electric bills clean energy global crisis save power environmental pollution alligator clips nuclear power camping accessories energy costs green energy products fossil oil nuclear reactions cheap alternative fuel silicone caulk inflated tire gas mileage global economy back up power ethanol solar battery charger auto industry propane compact bulbs pertroleum free energy pollution solar battery clip solar panel fuel source dc power free fuel fire low level waste fossil fuel CD jewel case efficiency electricity create electricity latest model modern age devices lightweight make ethanol

Copyright 2016 - Free Info Site Enterprises
Privacy Policy  |  Copyright Policy  |  Website Use Policy  |  Non Endorsement Policy  |  Contact Us  

Science Blogs
submit a blog