The Exhibit – The Horse

The Field Museum, Chicago; Feb 16th – Aug 14th, 2011

Everything you wanted to know about Horses but were afraid to ask

Whether racing down the backstretch of a racetrack or making unbelievable plays on the polo field, horses and humans are a proven unstoppable team. Did you know that this bond also shaped human civilization? In the exhibition The Horse, explore the profound relationship between horses and humans and discover how almost every facet of human existence has been influenced by our union with the horse. Artifacts, dioramas, fossils and a multitude of displays guide the visitor through the evolution of the horse from the early equines that lived on North America’s Great Plains over 10 million years ago to the horses role in the development of nations around the world and its noble place in our society today. Through domestication, horses have allowed us to travel greater distances, expand agriculture, and enhance our efforts in battle; and have also become symbols of status and prestige. At the same time, we have shaped horses, breeding them in different ways to suit our needs.

Explore over 200 different breeds of horses and investigate their extraordinary qualities that have made them so significant and useful to humans. Witness the horses’ powerful gaits and learn why they can stand all day without becoming fatigued. Discover how horses express their emotions with their ears and how they can see almost all the way around their body. Explore how the bond between horses and humans continues today in therapy and sport, and learn what you can do to protect the lives of the last remaining wild horses. Celebrate The Horse, only at The Field Museum.

The Horse is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with The Field Museum, Chicago; Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau-Ottawa; and San Diego Natural History Museum.

6 comments on “The Exhibit – The Horse

  1. I wish they would take an exhibit like this and turn it into a 2 hour documentary for the NatGeo Channel. No everyone can get up to Chicago to see something like this. I see so many things on tv – saw a show made this past year about the evolution of the dog and it’s realtionship to people. Wish they would do one about equines.

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  2. I wish they’d take this on tour around the country so the rest of us could see this. In the meantime I’ll have to use my encyclopedias and horse books from way back when. And use the experiences of this past year for some enlightenment.

    I don’t know when I think about meeting the great Z and how she hug me–I still get horsebumps (think goosebumps). Not because I did anything but because she is just that way.

    When I think about Cloud and how accepting he was of my presence–it was huge thrill. I remember in one way just wanting to pat him to say thanks. And at the same time realizing that very act would lessen his ability to manage in the wild. I chose to just whisper and very quiet thank you for letting me in so close to your family hoping he’d understand that better.

    I remember Sequoia who was Two Boots mare at the time. How she passed me on the horsepath inches from me. Knowing I was doing my best to stay out of her way and that I wouldn’t hurt her or her baby. The absolute trust her foal had for staying glued to mom’s side on the opposite side from me–that mom would protect him.

    Just allow yourself to feel the horse. It isn’t scary. The horse touches your being and the relationship you develop is like nothing you’ve ever experienced in the best way.

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  3. Margaret: How fortunate you were to be so near Cloud. When I first heard of Cloud’s roundup, I wanted to go to get him out of the BLM’s hands. The only problem being, I’m in California and to find out where he was so I could get him was presenting a problem. Thank God, he was returned to the Pryors with the remaining members of his family. I would love to one day go out and see him. That would be the highlight of my life, since I will be 70 years old this year. I have put adoption papers in for two Arabians that were starving to death in a field and hope to have them this spring/early summer and will have them brought here to California. I just adopted an Arabian, blind in one eye that is not broke to ride, that I know would have been on a trailer headed to either Canada or Mexico. I haven’t ridden since a teenager but hope to once the Arabians get here in the spring. I can’t think of anything nicer than to have the love of a horse. For the last year and one-half, I drove 125 miles from my home to a sanctuary that had a beautiful Arabian that had a hock injury. I wanted to adopt him when I retired. Last May, I spent a Saturday with him, not realizing that it would be the last I would be spending with him. We had a special relationship – I know he knew everything I said to him from his actions after I said it. The night he died, I had a very restless night. I firmly believe he was trying to let me know what happened. I cry for him every day. After he died of a heart attack, my blood pressure has been high and I am now on pills for it. I always knew I felt my weekend was not the same unless I spend the Saturday with him. I know I will never have another horse like him. I wish I had found him earlier.

    I always watch the ears of the horses at the other sanctuary where I help out and where the blind Arabian I adopted is kept. I wish I had the information noted above about how they express their emotion with their ears. I know some of it but now all, I’m sure. And its interesting above, about them able to see all around their body. THis is of course when they are not blind in one eye.

    I would love to see the Horse at the Field Museum. What a wonderful exhibit it will be.

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  4. I have a friend who was in charge of several Field Museum Exhibits a number of years ago. She was laid off due to cutbacks, but has never lost her love of the museum and praises the quality of their presentations. One thing she doesn’t miss is Chicago winters and winds. Much happier living in Mesilla, NM, close to Las Cruces.

    This should be another triumph for the Field. I think a number of their exhibits have travelled to cities that have the facilities to mount them (including the Albuquerque Museum). They may publish a book, as they have on other temporary exhibits.

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  5. The Museum is about the only thing I miss about not living in Chicago.
    This exhibit will be wonderful. I hope many people, not just horsey ones, go to enjoy it.

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