Parker County Today September 2016 - Page 83

our history: HORSES YESTERDAY O U R C O U N T Y ’ S H I S TO RY The Return of the Horse, or The Coming of the God-dog — Part 1 of 2 BY MEL W RHODES We have a kind of horse culture here in Parker County. Many in the county derive their livelihoods from equestrian activities and many more find pleasure in recreational use of the horse. Of course in a time when civilization is inextricably tied to motorized transportation and mechanized production the term “horse culture” does not mean the same thing as in other times and places when a people’s adoption of the horse revolutionized their world. SEPTEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY 81