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In terms of ethology, horses are herd animals and flight animals. The form of husbandry closest to their natural way of life was in the herds of feral horses set up by landowners and lords of the manor on patches of land unsuitable for other uses (e.g. marshy or parched ground) and in open woodland (Forest), sometimes as early as the Middle Ages. Some of these developed into semiferal herds during the early modern period, with stallions introduced deliberately and feed provided in case of shortages. Herds…

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Poppinga, Onno, “Horse”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025478>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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