Something special happened 6,000 years ago....
The horse became domesticated.
The world was transformed.
The equine’s speed and power gave man a new approach to the world. Now tribes were united into empires, distance travel became viable,
and cultures and languages raced around the known world.
Horses Changed the World
The horse has been used for food, herding, warfare, exploration, transportation, communication, agriculture, trade, commerce, pleasure, competition, recreation and much more.
The horse became man's partner.
The Knowledge Gap
That partnership continues today as horses empower the disabled,
give purpose and hope to those whose future is bleak and
enrich the lives of so many.
Despite horses’ enormous contributions to the world around us,
they remain strangely absent from history textbooks and curriculum.
"We have had 6,000 years of history with the horse and only 100 with the automobile." Gloria Austin
Taking the Reins to Bridge the Knowledge Gap
The Equine Heritage Institute was founded in an effort to bridge this knowledge gap. Established in 1995 by philanthropist, Gloria Austin, the mission of the Equine Heritage Institute is to educate, celebrate and preserve the history of the horse and its role in shaping world civilizations and changing lives. The Institute is working to ensure that the developments that horses facilitated throughout history are recognized, embraced, and taught to future generations.