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What kind of habitats do horses live in?

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The natural habitat of the horse is grassland and open forest. Horses originally evolved in sparsely vegetated habitats where other large plant-eaters could not survive. Today, domesticated horses live around the world in a mixture of temperate, tropical, and semi-tropical climates, wherever humans have imported them.

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Horses were first domesticated on the Asian steppe. These vast, dry grasslands still support the only surviving subspecies of wild horse, Przewalski's horse. Elsewhere, so-called wild horses are actually feral domesticated horses, animals that are distinguished from the original wild population by generations of artificial breeding by humans. These feral horses live in a variety of habitats, including the Great Plains of the United States, barrier islands off the southeast coast of the United States, and the New Forest of the United Kingdom.

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