San Diego Natural History Museum--Your Nature ConnectionExhibits


A Special Exhibition at theNAT: West Coast Premiere!

Opening June 1, 2012

The horse-human relationship started as a prey-predator dynamic. Humans domesticated horses some 6,000 years ago, and over time, we have created more than 200 breeds, from the powerful Clydesdale to the graceful Arabian. As we have shaped horses to suit our needs on battlefields, farms and elsewhere, these animals have shaped human history.

Investigate the extraordinary qualities that have made horses so useful to humans. View astonishing artifacts that highlight the horse’s role in cultures worldwide, including a 2nd-century B.C.E. bronze figurine depicting China’s legendary celestial horse and an American horse-drawn fire engine from the early 20th century.

Witness how the bond between horses and humans continues today in therapy and sport, and learn what you can do to protect the lives of the last remaining wild horses. In the West Coast premiere of The Horse, learn more about the stories and science behind these legendary, exceptional, and captivating animals.