Horse Breeds in Ancient China

Native breeds which were first used by the Chinese as cavalry horses proved to be inferior to those against whom they fought. As conflicts with the northern nomadic Xiongnu became more pervasive, procurement of quality horses became a major priority. The imperial courts then developed their own breeding programmes, after which equestrian militarism changed war … Continue reading Horse Breeds in Ancient China

Art, Sports and Medicine

The horse‚Äôs 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 … Continue reading Art, Sports and Medicine