THE RENAISSANCE: C. 1450 - C. 1650 CENTURIES: OVERVIEW
Renaissance literally means "re-birth." Between 1450 and 1650, re-birth represented a renewed interest in the laws of man's world and the universe. Gutenberg's invention of the printing press heralded an age of study and creation which discovered, among other things, that the earth was not the center of the universe. The Renaissance removed the veils of mystery and ignorance from man's view of himself and his world.
The events affecting the history of the horse in the Renaissance grew from man's zeal for discovery. The anatomy of the horse became a subject of scientific study, and the training of horses became a disciplined art. The Renaissance was an age which greatly enriched the quality of life for man and horse alike. Vehicle design was advanced and horses assumed a more prominent role in the transportation of goods and people.