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Terracotta mould of man on horseback, Old Babylonian, Mesopotamia 2000-1600 BC. One of the oldest known depictions of horse riding in the world. British Museum ME22958

Terracotta mould of man on horseback, Old Babylonian, Mesopotamia 2000-1600 BC. One of the oldest known depictions of horse riding in the world. British Museum ME22958

Bowl with prince on horseback [Iran] (51.53) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bowl with prince on horseback [Iran] (51.53) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gold Rush,thracian artifact,like  this pieces  of  horse's armor,reveal Bulgaria's  past.        <      >

'Pictures from the Real World': Derby, England in 1988

Gold Rush,thracian artifact,like this pieces of horse's armor,reveal Bulgaria's past. < >

King Abdalonymus of Sidon on horseback hunting lions with Alexander the Great detail of the Alexander Sarcophagus from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon, Hellenistic, 4th century BCE, by nym on flickr, now in Istanbul Archaelogical Museum

King Abdalonymus of Sidon on horseback hunting lions with Alexander the Great detail of the Alexander Sarcophagus from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon, Hellenistic, 4th century BCE, by nym on flickr, now in Istanbul Archaelogical Museum

Recreation of the equestrian, armour, attire and equipment of the Elite Sassanian Cavalry-اسواران ساسانی- by Ardashir Radpour (Image courtesy of Ardeshir Radpour).

Recreation of the equestrian, armour, attire and equipment of the Elite Sassanian Cavalry-اسواران ساسانی- by Ardashir Radpour (Image courtesy of Ardeshir Radpour).

Decorative rein post: used to separate the reins on a chariot, as pictured above.  Enlarge.  The Sumerians did not have horses in the modern sense of the word. Instead they used donkeys, as seen on the post above. The donkeys were not very large; this is the reason why four of them were needed to pull a war chariot.

Decorative rein post: used to separate the reins on a chariot, as pictured above. Enlarge. The Sumerians did not have horses in the modern sense of the word. Instead they used donkeys, as seen on the post above. The donkeys were not very large; this is the reason why four of them were needed to pull a war chariot.

A rare Urartian Bronze Horse Harness Frontlet, early 1st millennium BC

A rare Urartian Bronze Horse Harness Frontlet, early 1st millennium BC

Hittite , half oval plaque, twı goats and palmetto tree, Tell-Halaf, 900 BC, Museum of Oriental Antiquities, İstanbul

Hittite , half oval plaque, twı goats and palmetto tree, Tell-Halaf, 900 BC, Museum of Oriental Antiquities, İstanbul

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