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[[File:1200px-%C3%84gyptischer_Maler_um_1355_v._Chr._001.jpg|thumbnail|300px|Horses used in Ancient Egypt to pull chariots.]]
The horse today is often seen as an animal useful for recreation, sport, transport, and work. The nature of the horse, however, has changed in different societies across time. Sometimes horses were seen as war animals, while in other places and periods there use was the privy of royalty.