Horse for Human Civilization



We saw a lot of movies of having horses riding people for different purpose. They can carry people up to ~ 20% of their weight. For example, if the horse weighs 1,500 pounds (680kg) the maximum weight of people or load it can carry is ~ 300 pounds (136kg).

You can ride an adult horse 25 and 35 miles (40 – 56.5 km) without rest when it walks steady. An average trail horse in decent shape can withstand a journey of 50 miles (80.5 km) in one day, while a fit endurance competitor will travel even 100 miles (161 km) in a day.

The horse’s speed in general are:

Gallop: 25 to 30 mph (40.2 – 48.3 km/h)

Trot: 8 to 12 mph (12.9 – 19.3 km/h)

Walk: 4.3 mph (6.9 km/h)

A horse should eat one to two percent of their body weight or ~0.6kg grass per hour in average if the horse is in motion for 9 hr. in a day. The horse typically sleep about 3 hours while other time is awake. Most of their time can devote to different activities for human beside their eating routine.

A reasonable routine will be 1 hour morning and 1 hour evening for feeding on nutritional food while some time for resting. The horse can help to perform tasks like transportation for human in the remaining time of the day.

Before the invention of car, train and other transportation, horses are key to move people around, particularly in a longer distance.

Horse is important to develop the human civilization. We appreciate this creature and the nature designed by God. The Bible highlights two important characteristics: courage and loyalty

Job 39: 19 – 25   “Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting?

It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray.
It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword.

 The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance.
 In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.

 At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’

“The horse’s unique characteristics potently challenge evolutionary theory…horses show readiness to charge into battle with their riders– a response that seems to defy the survival of the fitness principle,…The Bible contrasts the two creatures dramatically in accounts of the service to Jesus Christ.

As Jesus Christ centered Jerusalem to offer himself as an atoning sacrifice for humanity’s sin, he rode a donkey– a symbol of peace (Matt. 21: 1 – 11). When Christ returns to Earth to bring an end to sin’s expression once and for all, He will come, by the apostle John’s prophetic account, riding a horse– a symbol of war. (Rev. 19: 11 – 21)” [1]

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Rev. 19: 11 – 16)

The final victory against evil and false word belong to Christ and His followers!


[1] Hugh Ross, Hidden Treasure in the book of Job: How the oldest book in the Bible answers today’s scientific questions, BakerBooks, 2011, p162 – 163.

[2] Roadmap of God’s eternal plan: 

Horse For Human Civilization


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