Modern Marvels

The Horse

Season 15, Ep 34, Aired 11/19/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Celebrate the animal that helped man change the world: the horse.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Max Raphael

    Narrator

  • Don Cambou

  • Jim Lindsay

  • Ron Nelson

  • Bruce Nash

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: One animal that changed the course of civilization, a no nonsense warrior, a beast of burden with strength, stamina and speed. The heart of a multi-billion dollar industry and in some nations the main course of an exotic meal. Now, The Horse, on Modern Marvels.

    Trivia (4)

    • In the 1st century, Roman Emperor Caligula so cherished his horse Incitatus that he fed the animal oats mixed with solid gold flakes. Eighteen servants cared for the horse in a stable made from marble and ivory.

    • The largest documented horse in history was Sampson, an English Shire foaled in 1846. Sampson stood seven feet tall at the withers and weighed 3,380 pounds, roughly the same as a compact car.

    • The highest price ever paid for a horse at auction was 15 million dollars for a 2 year old named "The Green Monkey" in 2006. But the horse never won a race and retired with lifetime earning of just of $10,000.

    • In the wild horse world, the mare decides when and where the herd will go while the stallion follows.

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