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Ongoing controversy around wild horses in Australia encompasses debate about their impact and their cultural meaning, argues Michael Adams. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation NY-BD-CC, CC BY-NC-ND

Essays On Air: The cultural meanings of wild horses

The cultural meanings of wild horses The Conversation18.6 MB (download)

While Australia debates how to reduce our wild horse numbers, other countries are working to re-establish wild horse herds in Europe and Asia. Could Australia’s attempts to “manage” brumbies be an act of hubris?

That’s the question asked in the latest episode of Essays On Air, where we read to you the best essays penned by Australian researchers.

Today’s moving and deeply personal essay, titled The cultural meanings of wild horses, is by Michael Adams, a geographer and writer who researches human-nature relationships.

He explores how cultures across the world have represented and related to horses and asks whether attempts to manage wild horse populations mean we need to rethink the concept of “wildness”.

Join us as we read to you here at Essays On Air, a podcast from The Conversation.

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This episode was edited by Sarah Matthews. Illustration by Marcella Cheng.

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