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Domestication led to horse colour explosion

Horses used to be rather dull until early domesticators of horses bred the equines for their colours, resulting in all the shades and patterns we have today.

“Maybe at the beginning, ancient farmers selected for tameness, but they realized very soon that colored horses had a greater value,” he explained to Discovery News, adding that old paintings often show kings and other VIP’s riding gray, white and other colorful horses.

“Even today, color is important to the economic value of a horse,” Ludwig said.

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