When I was breeding and raising Egyptian Arabians, people I met assumed I was an accomplished rider and I had horses for riding. Not exactly, I found most pleasure from working with them and experiencing their intelligence while I was on the ground. Their beauty brightened each day. I would stop everything to enjoy watching them run or play.
Discovering what the ancient Egyptians did with their horses is one of my endeavors now. Survivng records suggest that Egyptians did not ride their horses much. Battle scenes depict mostly enemies mounted on horseback, leading early writer Adolf Erman to conclude erroneously that, "We have no representations of Egyptians on horseback." My first series of illustrations of mounted horses in ancient Egypt shows enemy riders, which is an apt beginning since horsemanship was introduced from outside of Egypt probably by conquerers.
Enemy Riders, this month's article, illustrates horses and horseback riders on ancient Egyptian artifacts. Subsequent articles will illustrate citizens and royalty of Egypt on horseback.
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