It’s nearly impossible to convey the importance of the horse in human history… and just as impossible is a measurement of their presence in our lives. Horses abound throughout human society, often rivaling the dog in competition as man’s best friend. Part charisma, part serenity, part independence—and wholly wonderful.
Peter Stone understands that indescribable attraction, because we feel it, too. There is little about the horse that fails to inspire, and as you know, we’re all about inspiration, which is why we’ve created the Equestrian collection as a tribute to these amazing animals. Read on—and fall in love with horses all over again!
A man and his horse
The link between horse and man has existed since around 3500-4000 B.C.E., according to archaeological evidence of mixed equine and human remains in burial sites. The long history has made the association all the stronger, and today, nearly 6,000 years later, the influence of the horse on human civilization is phenomenal. It is estimated that there are 59 million horses across the globe. In the Unites States alone, horse-related spending tops $102 billion. With a B.
Sports & Leisure
The multi-faceted interaction of horse and human takes myriad forms. Horses are trained to be ridden or driven in a variety of sporting events, such as horse racing, harness racing, show jumping, dressage, three day eventing, competitive driving, gymkhana, rodeos, fox hunting, polo, endurance competition, and even jousting. Horse shows, evolved out of the competitive nature of horses and their owners, and are immensely popular and showcase equine style. Even without the competitive edge, horseback riding is relaxing, inspiring, and exhilarating.
Horses have conquered Hollywood, as well, and the history of entertainment, particularly the western genre, would be unrecognizable without the presence of horses. Films such as, National Velvet,Horse with the Flying Tail, The Black Stallion, Pharlap, Seabiscuit ,and Dreamer have captivated audiences worldwide.
More than mere entertainers, horses have contributed to our practical survival and growth for millennia. As transportation, as an advantage in warfare, to convey search and rescue teams into rough terrain, and for labor-intensive careers such as cattle ranching—throughout human history, our collaboration with horses has given us advantage after advantage.
Today, horses are expanding quickly into the area of therapy and recovery. The benefits of horsemanship can be reaped by people of all ages, including with physical and mental disabilities. Recent studies have shown that interaction with horses can improve the behavior of inmates and discourage a repetition of previous crimes.
Beyond the basics
Setting all practical reasons aside, our equine adoration stems from the grace, dignity, and undeniable style of these amazing creatures. Their beauty and intelligence (oh, yes—they are intelligent—horses display independent thinking and have been credited with saving human lives on many occasions), coupled with their majestic size, is simply awe-inspiring. The deep-rooted admiration for horses that history shows so clearly has seeped into our global consciousness, and we respond without thinking. We are awestruck at the sight of the famous Clydesdales; we grant instant respect to a mounted leader; as children, we clamor for the chance to approach these awesome animals.
For a million good, concrete reasons—and for a million better, abstract reasons—our love affair with horses has endured for eons, and if popular opinion is any indication, will endure for more eons to come. As long as man and horses exist to share this planet, we’ll be linked by an inextricable bond. So why not perpetuate the relationship? With a beautiful jewelry selection in sterling silver from Peter Stone’s Equestrian Collection, you can pay visual tribute to the horse in your heart—and perhaps inspire those around you to start a rewarding equine relationship of their own.
For one week only, you can order any piece in the Equestrian Collection at a 20% discount, with coupon code: EQUESTBLOG20 (Good through 03/29).