The Horse has a long history of being associated with power in various civilizations. The horse is seen as a symbol of vitality. Several cultures believe it to be a symbol for all four basic elements: fire, air, water, and earth. The horse is often associated with combat and represents heroism, dominance, virility, and endurance. Because of the friendship it has extended to man and the support it has provided in transportation, agriculture, productivity, and other developmental activities, the horse has been given a place of honor in the history of civilization.