QUOTE (kdshaw @ Mar 2 2010, 12:33 AM)
There are a number of hypotheses on many of the key issues regarding the domestication of the horse. Although horses appeared in Paleolithic cave art as early as 30,000 BCE, these were truly wild horses and were probably hunted for meat. How and when horses became domesticated is disputed. The clearest evidence of early use of the horse as a means of transport is from chariot burials dated c. 2000 BCE. However, an increasing amount of evidence supports the hypothesis that horses were domesticated in the Eurasian Steppes (Dereivka centered in Ukraine) approximately 4000-3500 BCE
LOL, right when I posted that, I had the urge to look it up. I've been reading about it since (well, watching 24 too). I saw that on wikipedia. Domestication is a pretty amazing thing...taking a wild animal...then breeding them through I don't even know how many generations until they've become tame enough to use for whatever purpose they were domesticated for.