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Trainer Jimmy Anderson, of Sierra West Ranch, works with a newly started 2-year-old, Shiver. The horseman from Alberta, Canada, is one of those featured in a new PBS documentary – Equus: Story of the Horse. • aAron Munson / © Handful of Films

Horses Star In New PBS Nature Documentary

The human relationship with the horse, including the Quarter Horse, will be featured in an upcoming two-part miniseries on PBS.

The show, Equus: Story of the Horse, will feature anthropologist Niobe Thompson traveling the world to uncover the history of mankind’s relationship with the horse and discover the habits and biology of these majestic animals and why some 400 breeds are thriving today.

The stunningly filmed series, which will air at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Wednesdays, Jan. 16-23, will highlight many incredible breeds, including Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Arabians, and the wild Sable Island horses.

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The PBS documentary, Nature–Equus: The Story of the Horse, will highlight the origins of the horse and its relationship with humans. • aAron Munson / © Handful of Films

It also shows several scientific breakthroughs, such as: 

  • The first realistic animation of the 45 million-year-old ancestor of the horse, the Dawn horse.
  • Psychology tests to uncover how horses use non-verbal signals to communicate with each other and understand human expressions.
  • The “speed gene” test that can determine whether a thoroughbred will be a distance, sprint or mixed-distance runner.
  • How the only truly wild horses on Canada’s Sable Island were able to adapt to their environment.

Episode 1, “Origins,” will premier Wednesday, Jan. 16 on PBS. Check local listings for broadcast times on local PBS stations.

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