• most economically important domesticated animal
  • found worldwide
  • prominent in religion, mythology, and art
  • has played an important role in transportation, agriculture, and war
  • served as a source of food, fuel, and clothing
  • almost all breeds can carry humans on their backs or be harnessed to pull objects such as carts or plows
  • horse breeds were developed to allow horses to be specialized for certain tasks (racing, riding, farming, pulling)
  • used in some cultures for food and milk