When people talk of horses, no one ever thinks of China. China has never won any medals in equestrian events or produced any elite horses. Despite this, horses are very much a part of the history of China and have played an essential role in many different facets of the development of Chinese civilization.

Through showcasing the chronicled history of China’s horses, equine art, equine sports, horse breeds and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, this book reveals the philosophy, value system and wisdom of Chinese civilization. The role of the horse is expounded upon in this journey, for the world’s fastest distance-running quadruped has undoubtedly helped historically to build the country.

The question now is: how will China help to build the future for this steadfast animal which has served it so well?