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Enriching the Lives of Wild Horses: Designing Opportunities for Them to Flourish

Christine M. Reed

Environmental Values 21 (2012): 317-329. doi: 10.3197/096327112X13400390126019


Wild horses are becoming dependent on transitional environments between domesticity and wildness. In Dutch new nature areas they are learning to perform roles as ecological surrogates for their extinct ancestors. In the U.S. wild horses are 'feral' and exist in numbers deemed to be in excess of the carrying capacity of semi-arid public range lands. The federal government is removing and relocating thousands to long-term holding pastures. The capabilities approach of Nussbaum (2006) allows us to evaluate this transitional environment against a threshold of opportunities to exercise capabilities judged to be central to their flourishing as wild horses.


Transitional environments, flux of nature, new nature, nature conservation, de-domestication, equine capabilities, wild horses

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Conservation of Adaptive Self-Construction: A Flux-Centred Solution to the Paradox of Nature Preservation. Matthew F. Child

De-Domestication: Ethics at the Intersection of Landscape Restoration and Animal Welfare. Christian Gamborg, Bart Gremmen, Stine B. Christiansen and Peter Sandøe

Care for the Wild: An Integrative View on Wild and Domesticated Animals. Jac A.A. Swart

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Conservation and 'Nature+'. Mark Whitehead

The Need for Indigenous Voices in Discourse about Introduced Species: Insights from a Controversy over Wild Horses. Jonaki Bhattacharyya and Brendon M.H. Larson

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