An Enduring Bond

Part of the Horse exhibition.

Horses no longer carry soldiers into battle or pull plows and stagecoaches as they once did. But our long relationship with these majestic animals has not ended. Horses are still part of our lives. Today, however, they are used less for work, travel, and warfare and more for companionship and recreation.

In the past century, the number of horses in the United States and Canada dropped dramatically--and then climbed again. With more than 58 million horses in the world today, the enduring bond between horses and humans will remain strong for many years to come.