History Of Horses

When the horses were allowed to live without mankind, it was good for them. But then a long history of wars and transport oppressed them. I will never forget the long row of blind coal mine horses 1945 in Germany marching to the butcher. Perhaps now the horses at least in Mongolia have a good life.
Адуун цуваа
title=”Адуун цуваа” – photo by goznaraw = Gantulga Ganzorig, kindly sent to my group BLOG IT!, click on the picture to enter his galleries on Flickr.com
Gantulga Ganzorig inspired me to use the same format 1600×400 testing the new possibilities of the changed design at flickr.com – click on the picture to enter my own photo galleries there:
title=”tunnel of light” – monorail / hanging tram in my hometown Wuppertal / Germany … – at first (before 1900) horses had to pull the trams in Wuppertal…
no more horses on the street in modern times – but cars, and the cars become longer and longer – but not the streets, narrow as ever; so I came too late to a cafe where I had to play guitar: a stretched limousine blocked the street, could not turn around (it had been better, if some flexible horses had been there instead …)

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18 responses to “History Of Horses

  1. narhvalur

    Thanks for thinking about the poor mining horses.


  2. affascinante …
    Ciao carissimo!


  3. Workhorse, warhorse, they have certainly been put through their paces . . .


  4. I never knew about the mine horses, how dreadful. Mankind really does exactly what it wants with everything and its hideous.


  5. Never knew that FT, thanks for sharing and giving us pause.


  6. Did you see the last (good) Spielberg : War Horse. It’s a good resume of what humans did to horses during wars. But Horses have the chance to be able to come back to wild life not as many animals. If many speak of horses I think to donkeys, an incredible animal, very intelligent sensible and kind, ( http://icezine.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/week-26-labour/ ) and courageous. In many countries over the world, donkeys have hard lives, even harder than horses.


  7. Amy

    I’ve never heard of the mine horses… Thank you for the history of horse, Frizz. Always learn something from your blog.


  8. Mine horses … a new thing for me to learn. Were they taken to the butcher after they were too old? AND … who was the meat for – pets or humans?
    Very interesting post, Frizz.


    • not too old, the cars they had pulled in the coal mine now were driven automatically; some rescued the blind horses giving them a home in the garden behind the house; others, many poor people, sold them to a horse-butcher, to have a little money – they sold their comrades, I think! 50 years later they felt guilty and shed some tears … – in the fifties humans ate horse meat – and the meantime it is not usual anymore; recently there was a scandal in Europe: horse meat was sold – but declared as cattle meat …


      • Oh, my … cast aside after all of their hard work. I imagine they were blinded in the mines because it is so dark. Sometimes, progress isn’t progress.
        This was an educational post for me, Frizz. I have learned quite a lot. Thank you for posting it.


        • it’s a post, thinking about ignorance, coldness. So I felt myself long years because I was put into an orphanage / children’s home immediately after birth. And for a complete country: Working as a soldier in the German army [Bundeswehr], equipped with nuclear weapons for short distance only [20 km reach] I realized, that Germany was planned as nuclear food for tests during the cold war 1960-1980 …


  9. Laura Bloomsbury

    so evocative and reminds me of Muir’s poem ‘The Horses


  10. Sonel

    Thanks for sharing Frizz. 😀


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    I am Ritu from the blog ‘Beyond Beauty Tips’. I saw that we were connected through my blog. I announced my new domain a month ago but I haven’t seen you there yet.
    Consider this as a personal invitation from me for my blog ‘Things To Rave About’ (http://toraveabout.com) which is just BBT at a new address.
    Hoping to see you there. Thanks!


  12. Allyson Mellone

    Frizz, you never fail to take a humanistic approach to your themes…they are heart felt. The mine horses in Germany, and the mine ponies in England too, made me think about what you said as being an example of oppression that is historically marked by anything that turns into an asset of the capital machine created by mankind. I say “unthinkable” to these events and all that preceded today, and unfortunately, I will hear myself say it in the morrow.


  13. I didn’t know about the mine horses. Thank you for your heartfelt sharing.

    We still have horses in the street, and herds of sheep on the road!


  14. Horses are one of my favorite animals. They are such beautiful creatures.


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