Horse latitudes

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The Horse Latitudes are between about 30° and 35° north and 30° and 35° south of the equator. This region of subsiding dry air and high pressure results in small winds. Tradition states that sailors gave the region of the subtropical high the name "horse latitudes" because ships relying on wind power stalled; fearful of running out of food and water, sailors threw their horses and cattle overboard to save on provisions.