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.



Comments
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment




Captcha Image






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



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

Science Blogs
submit a blog