Over the course of several thousands of years, humans have developed quite a special relationship with horses. The first horses were probably tamed somewhere in Central Asia somewhere between 3500 - 4000 B.C.E. Taming horses allowed man to travel much further and much faster than he could on his own, allowing humanity to spread to every corner of the globe. Horses are also great work animals thanks to their size and strength. They assisted us in lifting large, heavy stones to build sturdier buildings, and in lifting/transporting heavy loads of various commodities to help drive the engine of commerce.
To think, however, that horses are just large, brutish creatures valued solely for their physical attributes would be folly. In addition to their brawn, horses also pack some pretty serious brain power. They've been known to be able to solve simple math problems and understand a large repertoire of verbal commands. Additionally, they are also known to form strong attachments to their human handlers (if treated right). It's no wonder then, that so many kids grow up fascinated by these gentle giants.
Weibke Hass is a German photographer and a self-described "horse girl" who says she couldn't even imagine spending a day without being around them. After completing a three-year certification process to become a professional photographer, she struck out on her own and started taking pictures of horses. Her goal is to capture the unique personality of each of her subjects. She's published three books of these incredible photographs, which have been admired around the world. Here are a few of our select favorites.