Next up on the Covid-19 viewing schedule for me is the Nature program Equus: The Story of the Horse. I missed it when it first aired, but it’s still available to watch for free online.
The relationship between man and his noble steed is almost as old as civilization itself. Ever since the mysterious beginning of our extraordinary partnership, horses helped shape the human world. At the speed of a horse, our ancestors conquered distance and built empires. Together, humans and horses flourished side by side. What makes us so perfect for each other? Why are these huge animals so eager to please? And how have we transformed the wild horse we tamed 6,000 years ago into over 400 specialized breeds today?
Join anthropologist Dr. Niobe Thompson and equine experts on a two-part adventure around the world and a journey back in time to discover the origins of the horse. In a stunning 3D reconstruction, see the earliest member of the horse family rise from a fossil bed and begin a remarkable transformation into the magnificent animal we know today. Discover why horses have 360-degree vision and gallop on a single toe. Explore the science of speed with renowned racehorse trainers. Uncover the emotional intelligence of horses and their deep connection with humans. Encounter extraordinary horse breeds from Saudi Arabia to Kentucky to Siberia, and meet the horses of Sable Island that are truly returning to the wild ways of their ancestors.
Filmed over 18 months across 3 continents, featuring drone and helicopter-mounted RED aerials, extensive Phantom slow-motion footage, and a live-recorded symphonic score.