The Horse In Human History: Efficient Equine Transport


Pita Kelekna has uploaded another segment of her book, The Horse In Human History to This Side of the Pond. Entitled, Efficient Equine Transport, this entry explores the history of the use of horses in transportation and how it affected the course of human history in the New and Old Worlds.


In the Far East, the Chinese achieved two significant breakthroughs during the first millennium BC, inventing first the trace harness (breast strap) and then the even more efficient contoured collar harness. While Roman chariots of minimal size, carrying two persons at most, were often drawn by four horses, contemporary Han vehicles with heavy roofs, frequently carrying six passengers, were usually drawn by a single horse.

Edited to add: I have n idea how that crazy image of my name got there, and I can’t get rid of it. Patience is appreciated.

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