(Equus ferus caballus
) is a hoofed (ungulate
, a subspecies of one of seven extant species of the family Equidae
. The horse has evolved
over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature into the large, single-toed
animal of today. Humans began to domesticate
horses around 4000 BC, and their domestication
is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC; by 2000 BC the use of domesticated horses had spread throughout the Eurasian
continent. Although most horses today are domesticated, there are still populations of wild
and feral horses
. There are over 300 breeds of horses in the world today, developed for many different uses.
The horses anatomy enables them to make use of speed to escape predators and they have a well-developed sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight instinct. Related to this need to flee from predators in the wild is an unusual trait: horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down. Horses and humans interact in many ways, including a wide variety of sport competitions, non-competitive recreational pursuits and working activities. A wide variety of riding and driving techniques have been developed, using many different styles of equipment and methods of control. Many products are derived from horses, including meat, milk, hide, hair, bone, and pharmaceuticals extracted from the urine of pregnant mares.
Laurentia Tan Yen Yi
is a United Kingdom
-based Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne
. Tan developed cerebral palsy
and profound deafness
after birth, and moved to the United Kingdom with her parents at the age of three. She took up horse riding at age of five years as a form of physiotherapy
. She subsequently completed her A-levels
at the Mary Hare Grammar School
, a residential special school
for the deaf, and graduated with an honours degree from Oxford Brookes University
in hospitality management
In March 2007, the Riding for the Disabled Association Singapore (RDA) invited Tan to join the Singapore team for the World Para Dressage Championships at Hartpury College in Hartpury, Gloucester, in England in July that year. At this event, her first international competition, she did well enough to qualify for the 2008 Paralympic Games. In September 2008, at the Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Centre at Sha Tin, she achieved bronze medals in the Individual Championship and Individual Freestyle Tests (class IA). These were Singapore's first Paralympic medals and Asia's first equestrian medals at the Paralympic Games. Tan was conferred the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Medal) by the President of Singapore at a ceremony at the Istana Singapore on 20 September 2008.
, also known as the Purebred Spanish Horse
(Pura Raza Española
; in English, Pure Spanish-bred
), is a horse breed
that was developed in the Iberian Peninsula
. It is extremely similar to the closely related Lusitano
breed. Andalusians are strongly built, compact yet elegant horses with long, thick manes and tails. The most common color is gray
, although they can be found in many other colors.
The ancestors of the Andalusian have been present on the Iberian Peninsula for thousands of years, but they became recognized as an individual breed beginning in the 15th century. Throughout its history, the Andalusian has been known for its prowess as a war horse and was prized by nobles. There are currently less than 20,000 Andalusians in the world today, including around 4,500 in the United States. Today, Andalusians are used for many equestrian activities, including dressage, show jumping and driving. They have been used extensively to create and improve other breeds, including the Lipizzan. The breed is also used extensively in movies, especially historical movies and fantasy epics, and one serves as the current mascot for the University of Southern California.