Here I am, Wild and Free Again

The Wild Horses of the Namib

Why are we so stirred by the sight of these rare populations of wild horses? Advertising and film use them as metaphors for freedom using images of horses running free with manes streaming in the wind. Are these wild and free horses symbolic the mystery of enchantment we have lost and yearn for?

Having served man at the cost of their natural lives, those of us who love all things wild and free, find ourselves deeply moved by the sight of these horses. And we cannot but have great empathy for domestic horses’ vanished freedom – having been moulded into creatures for human pleasure. There is no pleasure for them in solitary incarceration far removed from the spirit of freedom we so admire in their wild counterparts.

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