Humans transformed their world from the saddle of a horse. Explore the evolution of horsepower, discover the mysterious origins of our incredible partnership, and witness our enduring love of horses in the present day.

Humans transformed their world from the saddle of a horse. Explore the evolution of horsepower, discover the mysterious origins of our incredible partnership, and witness our enduring love of horses in the present day.

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WORLD PREMIERE in Canada on CBC TV, 23 Sept. 2018, 8pm
USA broadcasts in Feb. 2019 on PBS NOVA & Nature
German broadcasts on ZDF in 2019
French broadcasts on ARTE in 2019
Danish broadcasts on DR I 2019

Website on CBC

A 3-part documentary series

It’s no surprise that when the world’s brainiest biped climbed atop the world’s greatest land-runner, that union rapidly changed the planet. Ever since the mysterious origins of our extraordinary partnership, horses have shaped the human world. At the speed of a horse, our ancestors conquered distance, toppled empires and knit the pieces back together to create the modern world.

What is it that makes humans and horses so perfect for each other? Why are these huge animals so eager to please? And how have we transformed the wild horse we tamed 6000 years ago into over 400 specialized breeds today?

In 2015, anthropologist Niobe Thompson brought the story of our origins to screens around the world with the internationally acclaimed three-part series The Great Human Odyssey. Now with Equus, , he takes us to a new era in the human journey: the moment tamed the horse, and harnessed horsepower.

Join Niobe on an adventure of discovery around the world, and back to the time of the first riders. Meet the world’s only wild horses, who rely on seals to survive. Join horse nomads in Mongolia on a grueling mid-winter migration. Encounter extraordinary breeds in the hottest and coldest places on Earth. Discover why horses have 360-degree vision and gallop on a single toe. And travel 45 million years back in time, and witness for the first time a perfect 3D reconstruction of the earliest horse.

A fascinating journey into the world of the horse, and our enduring partnership with this aristocrat of animals.

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Credits

  • Producer Niobe Thompson
  • Executive Producer Caroline Underwood
  • Writer & Director Niobe Thompson
  • Editors Brenda Terning, Scott Parker, Krystal Moss
  • Composer Darren Fung
  • Music by The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & Pro Coro Canada
  • Cinematography Daron Donahue & aAron Munson
  • Sound Recordist Philip Dransfeld
  • Sound Design Johnny Blerot
  • Production Manager Sandra Tober
  • Production Coordinator Tamarra Canu
  • Senior Producer for CBC Sue Dando