Ongoing controversy around wild horses in Australia encompasses debate about their impact and their cultural meaning, argues Michael Adams.
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The cultural meanings of wild horses.
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Today's episode of Essays On Air explores how humans have related to horses over time and across the world, and asks: is it time to rethink how we 'manage' brumbies in the wild?
Our first episode is from Paul Salmond, an expert on the Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University, reading his essay ‘Journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety’.
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The Conversation is launching a new podcast, Essays On Air. It's the audio version of our Friday essays, where we bring you the best and most beautiful writing from Australian researchers.
There's plenty of evidence that even fish have feelings.
Wild horses, known as brumbies, in Australia.
From 30,000-year-old cave paintings to The Man From Snowy River, wild horses have always been part of human culture. As Australia debates what to do with 'brumbies' in mountain environments, it's time to reconsider their place.
Tabatha Bundesen’s pet Tardar Sauce became an Internet sensation known as “Grumpy Cat” for a resting facial appearance that resembles a look of dissatisfaction. Now, scientists are starting to be able to read animal emotions from their expressions.
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Scientists are beginning to link animal facial expressions to emotions, making it possible for us to understand how they feel.
From 1921 to 2000, no black jockeys competed.
Black jockeys won more than half of the first 25 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. Then they started losing their jobs.
Do organisms adapt after they arrive in new environments or are the adaptations what lets them to move to new locations?
Riders don’t always obey the rules on the use of the whip in Australian horse racing.
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Despite strict rules on the use of the whip in Australian horse racing, some riders still breach them.
Harness racing in Brisbane.
Harness Racing Australia has announced it will ban the use of the whip. The decision is a world first for any horse sporting body, so what about the rest of the horse racing industry?
Just a stripey horse? Neigh …
They look like stripey horses – so why don't we ride them?
Wild horses are wreaking havoc in Australia’s mountains.
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Horses need to be removed from Australia's mountains. The debate now is around ethics and their role in Australian culture.
Barrier to safety?
The Olympic equestrian favourite is a dangerous business.
Eventing is a sport enjoyed by many Australians, but what are the risks?
How dangerous really is horse riding and sports like eventing? While there are risks, they can be managed, especially if we learn to understand horses better.
Horse wearing crank noseband.
With the 2016 Olympics in Rio on the horizon, the practice of clamping together the jaws of horses has still gone unchecked.
Even before the Grand National’s official starting date of 1839, British horse racing saw plenty of drama.
The horseshoe motif symbolises swift feet that win races for their owners and jockeys, but it symbolises much else too.
Two motifs predominate in racing fashion: the horseshoe and the horse bit. But what does it mean when "fillies on the field" dress in clothes adorned with stirrups, bits and other equine symbols?
Finding the right balance in feeding a racehorse.
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As we celebrate the Melbourne Cup today, it's worth taking a look at the way we nourish our champions of the turf.
Lucy Kemp-Welch, Horses bathing in the sea, 1900. Oil on canvas. Estate of Lucy Kemp-Welch.
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The Horse, currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, celebrates the pivotal role the horse has played in the evolution of civilisation.
Admire Rakti finished the race last, but died in his stall soon afterwards.
The tragic deaths of the favourite Admire Rakti and seventh placegetter Araldo soon after the Melbourne Cup has focused attention on some of the risks involved in racing horses. The Japanese horse Admire…
The unicorn is an icon of our contemporary love affair with escapism.
This is not an article about unicorns or virgins, but about the power of imagination, both wonderful and terrible. As an academic and equine artist I work between creative imagination and scientific epistemology…