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One of the ancient Botai people out for a morning ride with the family dog.
From the dept. of I Just Like, Googled This A Little:
The semi-nomadic Botai (named after the area where the archaeological remains were found in modern-day Kazakhstan) were either the first or one of the first cultures to domesticate horses, around 3500 BC. (They also had domesticated dogs with skeletons that resemble modern-day Samoyeds, but no other tame animals.)
We can be really certain they had tame horses (rather than living on a steady diet of wild horsemeat) because complete skeletons were found, not butchered parts dragged back to town. (There's not much meat on, say, a horse's leg.) Also, probably most tellingly, there's a pattern of bit wear on many of the horse skulls. That means these horses were being ridden and not just used as meat/milk animals.
Of course, we're also really sure that horses were first tamed as meat/milk animals, like cattle, and only ridden after they were domesticated. (The modern people living around Botai do eat horsemeat and drink horsemilk -- useful animals!)
The clothes are...not accurate, but they're the best I can do. Modern-style pants* didn't apparently exist back then, but I can't imagine going for a ride in a Kazakh winter bare-legged, so ... maybe Plains Indian-style leggings? The fur coat and hat are similar to modern traditional clothing from the area. Because they didn't have sheep, and I really doubt they were growing flax or cotton out there, the clothes are all fur or leather.
Yana and Martin Korelenko from my alternate history comic (before it diverges) when Yana was about eight, at the Holy Saturday/Easter vigil. Since they start around 11 PM and end around 2 AM, kids often sleep through lots of it. Yana’s dad was on Pillow Duty and dozed off himself for a while.