Horses As Relics


Stefany Anne Golberg puts horses in historical context:

For 500 years, horses have been integral to our fight for civilization. What would the modern city be without the horse? Or modern agriculture, or warfare, or exploration? We made the horse our tool. And somehow, they slipped from our grasp. We cannot use the wild horses, and we see how little they need us. So we try to protect them or we try to destroy them—whatever it takes to bring the horses back under our control. As much as they narrate our adventurous past, America’s wild horses embody the fragile barrier between civilization built and civilization gone. If an American “Ozymandias” were written, it would need, above all, the image of a riderless horse, that ubiquitous metaphor for glory, and for loss.

(Photo by Chris Willis)