The horse throughout the history of mankind

The horse is considered nowadays as a sports entertainment, both in competitions and in a more luxurious field such as horse racing. Originally from Normandy, a century ago, however, it was used as a motorcycle, truck, tractor and war machine, as Grasset d'Orcet explains in his book " The horse through the history of mankind ».

The History of the Horse throughout Humanity

Gracet d'Orcet, who traveled the Mediterranean countries for fifteen years on horseback, looks back on the origin of this traveling companion, the main vehicle for spreading Islamism. Using drawings discovered in caves or on fragments of pottery during excavations, the author admits that there existed in the Quaternary era, a race originating from the prairies of Normandy and the coasts of the Atlantic. After the Ice Age, another race can be traced back to a southern country, possibly Morocco or Algeria. However, no trace of this animal will be found in Africa, due to lack of grass and due to difficult climatic conditions.

Used first for plowing, then for transporting goods, the horse becomes a war machine, setting out to conquer cities. Traveling through different countries, easily adapting to the countries bordering the Black Sea, it is the beginning of the crossing of races.

The writings relating the origin of the horse do not appear until the middle of the 16th century in Italy, then in the time of Louis XIII in France because in the world of chivalry, everything was passed on by word of mouth. At that time Spain and Italy competed in horse breeding; in spite of everything, Charles V came to stock up in France, the Norman horse being more robust, the Spanish horse more majestic but trained only for the parade. Educated quickly, bluntly, the Spanish horse becomes a vicious rosse for life ... while the Arabs perform a gentle training, all in patience, all in wisdom! Grasset d'Orcet writes "the best service horse comes from La Mancha and the best luxury horse comes from Arabia, the same goes for trainers!" "

In America, the horse appears with the invasions of the Norwegians, the Portuguese, the Spaniards and the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It acclimates in the pampas, as far as Santo Domingo, Havana, Buenos Aires. In these regions, it is mastered by the Indians and becomes a disciplined travel companion, still used today for herding herds!

Our opinion

Although there are some complicated passages where the author draws on mythology and relies on the origin of the words, the work is enriching with many little-known details. Grasset d'Orcet thus teaches us that the Germans had bought the best French breeding horses in 1869 for the Prussian War and especially to deprive the French army of them; that the horse adapts to meat and salted fish; that the appearance of a horse in uncivilized lands caused terror ... so the ancient Mexican Empire was wiped out; that Charles Martel won in Poitiers thanks to his more robust Norman horses against Arab horses ...

Grasset d'Orcet seeks above all to explain the political, economic and ecological consequences of horse breeding following the migrations of peoples. It’s a beautiful story of the Human and his companion the Horse!

The horse through the history of humanity, by Claude-Sosthène Grasset d'Orcet. Editions Edite, May 21012.

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