PBS series explores age-old bond between horses and humans

Elizabeth Gingras and Coup De Chance at Spruce Meadows
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Thursday 17 January - 13h02 | Ian Clayton

PBS series explores age-old bond between horses and humans

A two-part series airing on PBS in North America is exploring the unique relationship between humans and horses throughout history. Premiering yesterday, Wednesday, January 16 on Nature, ‘Equus – Story of the Horse’, also highlights some of the latest knowledge on equine psychology and behavior. 

 - PBS series explores age-old bond between horses and humans

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More information on and excerpts from the program are available here and here. The next episode is scheduled to air January 23.

Filmed over 18 months on 3 continents and featuring drone and helicopter-mounted aerial footage, slow-motion footage, and a live-recorded symphonic score, 'Story of the Horse' takes for its starting point the idea that, "Together, humans and horses [have] flourished side by side. What makes us so perfect for each other?"

"Join anthropologist Dr. Niobe Thompson and equine experts on a two-part adventure around the world and throughout time to discover the origins of the horse," producers say. "In a stunning 3D reconstruction, see the earliest member of the horse family rise from a fossil bed and begin a transformation into the magnificent animal we know today. Discover why horses have 360-degree vision and gallop on a single toe. Explore the science of speed with renowned racehorse trainers. Uncover the emotional intelligence of horses and their deep connection with humans. Encounter extraordinary horse breeds from Saudi Arabia to Kentucky to Siberia, and meet the horses of Sable Island that are truly returning to the wild ways of their ancestors." The series continues next week. Video below from Nature on PBS. Video also here.

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