Chinese Zodiac Story - Horse
How did the Horse rank in Chinese zodiac animals?
To return thanks to Ren Zu for saving its life, the horse came to the mortal world and worked for Ren Zu. At ordinary times, it ploughed, pulled a cart and carried things without complaint. In wartime, it ran on the battle fields, went through fire and water and became the inseparable friend of human beings. When the Jade Emperor was to select the twelve zodiac animals, the horse was recommended by human beings. The Jade Emperor agreed because the horse performed a meritorious service to atone its crimes and it helped a lot to the human beings.
Of course, the folk legend is fictional. In fact, however, no other animal can have the close relationship with the human than the horse. Since human beings bid farewell to the fishing and hunting era and entered into the agricultural society, the horse has become one of the first animals bred by human. No matter in farming, transportation or on the battlefield, the horse has made outstanding exploits for the mankind. That explains why the ancient people ranked it the top of six domestic animals.
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