In ancient China, horses were important for travel, to fight battles, and to pull carts. The legendary Bo Le was said to have had a special ability with horses. Many stories exist about how he could change poor, old, skinny horses into healthy “1,000-li horses,” able to run 1000 li (500 meters)/day with gentle and kind treatment. Supposedly the Chinese have an idiom "Bo knows horses" to refer to people with innate talent for certain activities.
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