Friday, March 25, 2011

The Horse: An Exhibit at the Field Museum

Mother nature seems loathe to let winter go in the Chicago area. Temps below freezing, icy blasts of wind, snow flurries and only the occasional peek of the sun from behind high flying clouds have kept most of us either bundled up or indoors.

The promise of spring and warmer weather has left most of us horse lovers yearning for more! As we patiently wait for the sun to come out, the paddocks to dry out and the outdoor arenas to be dragged there are some fun things that we can do.

The Field Museum is holding a special exhibition called The Horse. The special exhibit opened mid- February and runs through August.

This is what Chicago CBS had to say about it:

CHICAGO (CBS) – Equestrians and horse lovers will flock to the Field Museum starting Wednesday, as a new exhibit opens depicting horses as the most important animal to ever interact with humans.
The exhibit, called “The Horse,” shows how humans domesticated the horse and includes a timeline on how their relationships with humans evolved.
Visitors can explore more than 200 breeds and learn why horses can stand all day without becoming fatigued.
Items on display include a full suit of armor from 15th century Germany and a 19th century horse-drawn fire engine. Also on display is a life-size, interactive video looking inside a horse,
“Experience the beauty, grace, and strength of these extraordinary animals through a high-definition projection of a horse in motion. Set to the sound of thundering hoof beats, the footage highlights the horse’s lithe musculature and movement,” the museum says.
Fossils, and cave paintings showing the relationship between horses and prehistoric man will be on display. There will also be a re-creation of the archaeological site of Krasnyi Yar in Kazakhstan, where researchers have found a 5,000-year-old village that shows early signs of horse domestication, according to the museum.
The exhibit will review how humans have used domesticated horses in warfare and work in coal mines, to trade, transportation and sports.
Finally, three videos will be on display documenting people’s bonds with horses, including a disabled girl who is involved in therapeutic riding; a mounted police officer; and a teenage cowgirl.
“The Horse” opened Wednesday, and runs through Aug. 14.

So, my fellow Chicago Equestrians, have you been downtown to see the exhibit yet? I am very curious to hear some opinions...

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