Equestrian tourism: Mongolia

Horses have long been a part of human culture. There are countless cultures all across the world that have made horses central to their culture going well back into pre-history—the domestication of the horse is suspected to have happened sometime about five thousand years ago though no one is entirely sure. Horses have been used by pretty much every culture from the Japanese to the Portuguese and everything in between. But there is probably no culture that became more closely associated with the horse than the Mongols. While Mongolian history—like any other—stretches for centuries and has had different phases of development and its own golden and not-so-golden ages it was the 13th and 14th centuries that saw the Mongolians at the peak of their power. The Mongols were predominately pastoralists and organised along tribes and clans. The Mongolian steppes are vast tracts of land and are difficult to survive in….