The unicorn, a fable horse?

That white horse, endowed with a horn in the middle of his forehead, makes rivers of ink flow since the Middle Ages. Naturalists of the seventeenth century believed firmly in their existence, as Bartholin recounted it, in 1645, in the Unicornu Observationes novae. It was time to wait until the beginning of the 19th century […]

Emile Decroix

A universal horse tongue

In the 19th century, the veterinarian Émile-François Decroix was an important militant of animal welfare. He wanted to create a kind of phonetic language to communicate with horses. He had conceived the great principles, which he presented at an international congress of animal protection societies. As paradoxical as it may sound today, he dedicated himself […]

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

Black Beauty, a 141-year-old horse

Black Beauty, is the only novel by the English writer Anna Sewell. Since she could not walk without crutches, this young woman toured England and Europe in carriages. This aroused a great passion for horses. When her health problems increased and she had to lead a sedentary life, she found comfort in writing. It took […]

Equithérapie

First book of equine therapy

One might think that therapy through the horses is a recent care technique. The benefits of the presence of the horse and the practice of horsemanship have been known for a long time. The first medical indications in this regard are found in the thesis of a young Swedish doctor, in 1738. His 32-page booklet […]