The AMNH in New York City has just opened an exhibit entitled "The Horse". It has received a lot of attention and is popular enough that special tickets are required to enter. I stopped in Friday morning to take a look for myself.
As it must be, this exhibit is very broad, touching on everything from prehistoric burials to therapeutic riding programs. The curators are both scientists - one specializing in analyzing dna in ancient mammals, the other studying prehistoric signs of domestication. But this is the Natural History museum, and their exhibits tend to lean heavily towards the harder sciences. A good third of the exhibit covered the evolution of horses, their anatomy and biology, prehistoric findings, and so on. I find this stuff a little dull (I've seen it a million times), but I should add a friend of mine also went, on a different day, and reported she was absolutely fascinated by the anatomy explanations and the depictions of ancient extinct equines.
The rest of the exhibit is a mix of horse gear from all sorts of places - my favorite! There are religious statues of horses, a samurai saddle, a super little video of people from all over the world competing on horseback, children's toy horses, strange masks and bits, etc. These are lots of fun to see. At the end is a short movie about the bond children and horses have. It spends a few moments with a girl who lives on a ranch, and a few moments with a couple of kids enjoying their therapeutic riding lessons.
In the end I enjoyed the exhibit, but I wouldn't travel across the country to see it. I wished it had been five times the size (and I know the basement of that museum is just chock full of more interesting horse-related stuff!!). If you do live in the area and want to go, I recommend getting tickets in advance online, and getting an early start, so you can really have time to watch the videos, browse the objects, and wander as you please. If you don't live nearby, you are in luck - the exhibit is also online, including pictures of many of the objects. Check it out here!