They’re a symbol of freedom, of wild unadulterated passion, and they seem to be a dying breed. Just thinking about them will teleport you to golden plains bathed in moonlight. That’s some powerful stuff. It feels like our world is getting less free by the day; values that once shaped this great country are slipping away before our very eyes. It’s nice to have a symbol representing our brave history, but it also represents where we can go as a people. We of course are talking about wild horses. Can’t you just see them in your head running through fields in the American West? We sure can. We have touched upon wild horses in previous blog posts, but wild horses deserve more than a couple of posts, so let’s revisit them again.
There’s strength to wild horses or else the Rolling Stones wouldn’t have a song about them! There aren’t many wild horses left in the world today, but the few that are left are put up on a genetic pedestal, such as Przewalski’s horses residing on the steppes of Mongolia and China, which many believe is the world’s last truly wild horse. The genes that make up these wild horses have become of great interest to geneticists and animal lovers the world over, according to this article in Newsweek.
Douglas Main writes, “Przewalski’s horses do look different from domesticated horses; they have a stockier and shorter body, to go along with brown coats and stiff manes. They are also much more aggressive, explaining why they have never been domesticated.”
So it seems that these wild horses come from strong stock, almost like superhero horses. They’re impossible to domesticate and truly represent freedom. Remember these horses when you’re feeling down, when you’re feeling like your life doesn’t make much sense. Wild horses such as Przewalski’s horses are a reminder that the world is a beautiful place, that it’s okay to run wild for a little bit.