For the Chinese, horses are such an important part of their culture that they have their own Zodiac sign. These pictures of majestic herds of thousands galloping through the grasslands and snowy plains below the Tian Shan mountain range go some way to explaining why.
Horse breeding is well developed in the China’s central Asian Xinjiang province, which borders Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, a legacy of the nomadic tribes which have historically lived there. The semi-wild horses of Xinjiang are used by local people as a source of meat and milk, which is often made into a fermented drink, as well as mounts and beasts of burden once properly trained.
This year is the Chinese year of the horse, and people born this year are said to be a bit like the animals: animated, active and energetic – they love being in a crowd.
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