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Winchester academic reveals the English obsession with horses
NEW research from a Winchester academic suggests the English obsession with horses goes back further than many of us thought.
Dr Louise Hill Curth, reader of medical history at the University of Winchester, says it is wrong to think proper treatment began with the foundation of veterinary colleges in the late eighteenth century.
She said: “In fact, horses - who were the most important members of the domesticated animal kingdom - were often given better and more expensive medical treatment than humans.
“My new research has uncovered exciting new insights into different types of animal healers, but also confirms that the modern English obsession with horses goes back many hundreds of years.”
Many people believe the London Veterinary College in 1792 was the earliest sign of medical care for animals in England, but Dr Curth, whose findings are explained in a new book, A plaine and easie waie to remedie a horse: Equine Medicine in Early Modern England, says that is not the case.
“The close relationship between the English and their horses is there for all to see nowadays. I am delighted to say, this special bond dates back to ancient history - and I have evidence to prove it,” she said.
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