Art, Sports and Medicine

The horse’s influence over the civilization and art of China is unrivalled. A wide range of artefacts constructed on distinctive perceptual and cultural premises were created with horses as their motif.


Equine sports not only formed part of the education curriculum for young aristocrats, but also served as military preparation. As horses enjoyed a lofty status shared by no other animal at any level of Chinese society, equine veterinary skills became especially high and were a focus of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, which was developed over 3,000 years ago and still serves as an alternative therapy today.

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