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Tao P
  • Tao P
  • Vancouver B.c
  • Canada


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Is it possible to rewild nature by allowing wild mustangs to live, and, at the same time, rewild man by reintroducing cowboys to the plains?

I know it may sound ridiculous but hear me out. Currently many wild mustangs and burros are slaughtered by the government for 'population control' ie to open up land for development. Through a combination of sound land management and natural horsemanship could we re-wild the land, man (and woman).

By having people adopt, train and care for horses we could make life much more interesting. It would be great to have a car free town someday, perhaps walkable neighborhoods, combined with bikes and horses, could provide 90% of our transport. There would still need to be trucks delivering goods, but one or two roads vs every building being surrounded by concrete. I know it's a dream, but someone needs to change the current progression direction.


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  • Sep 12 2013: so your saying you want people to go back in time?

    The best solution to rewild the world is to make more protected lands/waters with extremely limited hunting/fishing. As it is population control is mostly to prevent overpopulation, disease, etc.

    as for transit, I encourage a big push to get people using bikes and such in the cities, along with encouraging the use of public transit.
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      Sep 12 2013: Haha yes I know my questions a bit ridiculous. But my reasoning was that my somewhat insane idea might make people think a little bit about transportation. I agree with you that biking is the most logical and effective way to improve transportation, with so many beneficial side effects (such as improved community life, less air and noise pollution, improved citizen health...).

      I do think horses could provide for a small portion of peoples travels. I like the horse aspect as it is a great skill to be able to ride a horse (without a whip or burrs). I believe that driving is an unconscious activity and that it leads to a great dulling of an individuals awareness. Horse riding does the opposite (except perhaps for the occasional numb bottom).

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