Horse Power: How Horses Changed the World
For thousands of years, horses and humans lived, worked, and played together, side by side. From the time they were first domesticated to the invention of the wheel, saddle, bit, and bridle; horses brought far-flung lands closer together at the speed of a gallop. Trade, agriculture, transportation, and more were expanded in new ways—all made possible by the power of the horse.
In dazzling spreads packed with maps, sidebars, and other hidden gems, explore the special connection between horses and humans. Discover how horses evolved and track their migration as they come to live on six continents. See the everyday jobs done by horses for centuries. And consider the profound changes that came about when gasoline-powered engines arrived on the scene.
An encyclopedic look at this magnificent animal, Horse Power offers a unique view of world history from the ancient past to today.
There's a section called "what makes a horse so special" that I really enjoyed because it describes the makeup of their bodies and the usefulness of each part. I also loved the part at the end where it says, "And then came the car." "Humans traded manure in the streets for pollution in the air." To me, this is fascinating because it was never something I thought about. When you think about it, horses were better for our environment and they were an animal you can bond with. We traded them for cars, which are terrible with pollution. This an excellent parting thought to leave with the reader.
Final Verdict: After reading all of the history and how amazing and useful horses were, it makes me want to go horseback riding and never take a horse for granted (not that I own one, but it would be cool!) I would recommend this to any fans of horses and history because it's incredible how useful horses were but we don't give it a second thought.