Caring for Horses

Care of horses. In Old Testament days the horse was cared for much as it is by the Arab today. In addition to the use of grass in grazing, the horses were fed barley and cut straw. Thus both "barley also and straw for the horses"" (I Kings 4:28), were in use in King Solomon's time. The Psalmist indicates the use of bit and bridle: "Be ye not as the horse . . . whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle"" (Psalm 32:9). And the Book of Proverbs speaks of "a whip for the horse" (Proverbs 26:3). Horses and chariots used in Egypt from early times. Joseph rode in "the second chariot" which King Pharaoh had (Genesis 41:43). When the Israelites made their escape from the bondage of Egypt, they were pursued by "all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army" (Exodus 14:9). In later years, Egypt was the main source for the supply of horses used by the kings of Israel (I Kings 10:28, 29). [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]

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