Herd of Przewalski horses inside Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Ukraine). September 2016.
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Wild horses native to the steppes of Asia live now in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Ukraine), with an expanding population, 34 years after the nuclear accident.
Ponies grazing in a bluebell meadow in Dartmoor National Park, Devon.
Wild ponies have lived in Britain for over 4,000 years, but they’re in danger of dying out.
Horses graze in Alberta’s foothills.
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Horses roam free around the world. In the Alberta foothills, their management has become contentious.
It’s true they do have an amazing ability to be able to sleep standing up. But they do also sleep lying down. If you’re a horse, you need to be able to do both.
Horses can stand on three legs and rest the other leg. They can change the leg they rest so that all of their legs get a chance to have a break.
An 1870 news report said wild horses were “hated and shot by all”. What has changed since?
Brumbies have a devoted following among high country locals, despite the fact that they were despised by colonial settler farmers. Their mythical status today owes a lot to cultural figures such as Banjo Paterson.
Feral horse damage on the Australian Alps Walking Track, Bill Jones Hut, May 2018.
The ‘brumby bill’ which passed the NSW upper house late last night, is an embarrassing step backwards for the state.
A government plan to ‘dart’ wild horses with fertility control drugs ignores science and expert advice.
There is no way to effectively administer fertility control to thousands of horses scattered through a huge national park meaning population growth will only be limited as they run out of food
A new study of ancient Botai horses turns our knowledge about wild and domestic horses on its head.
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?
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.