Why is the term “breaking in” used when starting a horse?

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I have a school project and need to describe the process of breaking in a horse. Why is the term “breaking in” used?

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  1. A borse breaker means someone who breaks horses for saddle riding. The term was popularized in the late 18th century from French cavaliers captured by Queen Anne’s cavalry during the War of Spanish Succession.

    They brought with them a new technique known as breaking-in, which had been developed in Eastern Europe and Russia that relied on kindness and reward rather than punishment.

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