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You may think of Shetland ponies as adorable, but you will learn that they were bred smaller and smaller so they could work in mines. Similarly, draft horses were bred to be bigger for work use. If you follow modern horse racing, you can discuss the breeding of horses to be faster and sleeker, and the inevitable tragedies that occur.
We didn't see anything about people eating horsemeat, but there is a display of a hoof-shaped cup used in Siberia to drink ceremonial fermented mare's milk.
The video, An Enduring Bond, looks at horses and humans today. It shows a teenage cowgirl out west, a mounted policeman in Times Square, and a girl in a therapeutic riding program at our local stable, Kensington Stables, in Brooklyn.
We plan to wait for the crowds to thin for a return visit at a more leisurely pace.
Where: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street.
When: Daily, 10am-5:45pm. Admission by timed ticket only.
How much: Suggested admission $15, $11 students/seniors, $8.50 children
For more information: 212-769-5100; www.amnh.org.