Even as an 85-day-old foetus with its long neck turned in on its body and domed head resting on a foreleg the horse is an eloquent looking creature.
And a British photographer has captured the beauty of the animal from its tiny beginnings in the womb to the majesty of thousands of Mustangs racing across the plains of Utah, in a new exhibition.
Tim Flach spotted the foetus, pictured below, on a visit to a vet's surgery, where the tiny foal's body had been preserved in a jar of formalin.
Delicate: The body of an 85-day-old horse foetus preserved in a jar
Flach, who has worked for Adidas, Cirque du Soleil, Jaguar and Sony during his career in advertising, was so captivated by the foetus he took it home to shoot.
The thoroughbred foal died when its mother succumbed to colic and perished just a quarter of the way through her pregnancy.
In Flach's close-up picture, its defined hooves, mouth and nostrils as well as the wrinkles on its stomach are all clearly visible.
The image is part of a new exhibition by the photographer, called Equus, which goes on display next month.
In flight: Flach's work includes photos of Mustangs racing across the plains of Utah
Majestic: Flach aims to picture his subject in such detail that viewers read the horses' gestures and movements in the same way as they would a human's
As well as the foetus, it features pictures of living horses from all around the world including the most highly-prized Arab thoroughbreds from the Royal yards of the UAE.
Flach also captured on film pure-bred Icelandic horses which live on glaciers and thousands of Mustangs racing across the plains of Utah.
The photographer graduated from the renowned St Martins School of Art in London and has spent the past 20 years working taking pictures for advertising.
Side by side: A herd of horses huddle together for warmth
Dwarfed: The two horses in this picture are dwarfed by the huge landscape surrounding them
He has recently become known for his highly-stylized animal portraits. His horse work aims to capture the emotion horses evoke in humans.
To do this, he brings his subjects into such close focus that the viewer begins to read the gestures and body language as we would a human being.
His work has been widely exhibited in the UK, US and Far East and he has also lectured extensively around the world.
These images are just a few of the ones that can be found in Tim Flachs book, Equus, published by Abrams on 1 October 2008.
On top of the world: This light brown horse with a white mane looks on towards a snowy mountain range
Stunning: Two horses make their way through icy waters
Pictured: Amazing snaps of horses from the womb to the Wild West | Mail Online