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We built the world around us with horsepower.  But what is it that makes humans and horses so perfect for each other?  And how have we transformed the wild horse we tamed 6,000 years ago into over 400 specialized breeds today?

To answer these questions, anthropologist turned filmmaker Niobe Thompson takes viewers on an epic journey across eleven countries on three continents and back in time to the mysterious beginnings of the horse-human relationship.  Over three spectacular hours of cutting-edge science and gripping adventure, Thompson explores the evolution of horsepower, discovers how our ancestors tamed the horse and learns fascinating new insights into the body and mind of this unique animal.

Thompson goes on a global adventure of discovery, living and riding with horse nomads in Arabia, Siberia and Mongolia, travelling into the field with archeologists, geneticists, and horse psychologists, and above all, getting friendly with horses everywhere he goes.

Meet The Horse: The Tiny Tropical Creature That Evolved Into Our Closest Animal Companion
Wild Facts About The Horse
From the Stone Age to Now: How Horsepower Changed our World

In the final Episode 3, Chasing the Wind, Thompson takes viewers to meet some of the most fascinating and unlikely of the world’s 400 horse breeds.  He meets the Yakutian, at home in the coldest inhabited place on Earth (Siberia).  He meets the Arab, a spirited horse at home on the scorching sands of the Arabian Desert.  And he encounters the most valuable horses on Earth: elite Thoroughbreds, a breed of super-specialized sprinters, descended from one of three 18th-century stallions.

Scene from Equus: The horses on Sable Island

Hard to believe, but there are still a handful of wild horses.  On Canada’s Sable Island, Thompson visits the only truly wild horses on Earth, now evolving in unexpected ways in their completely human-free world.

In a thrilling white-knuckle climax to the series, viewers discover North America’s original extreme sport – the Indian Relay – and follow the fortunes of a young team of Blackfoot horse racers as they make their high-stakes debut at the Calgary Stampede.  They remind us, even in the age of machines, some cultures still revolve around horses.

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