This article originally appeared October 22, 2018 for Listen To Your Horse.com as part of a series about life on the farmstead, called “Rewilding the Herd”.
“Rewilding, though a handsome term and a romantic one at first glance, has come to mean a lot of things to me, but like all good words it is thoroughly problematic and hardly precise. For one, we do not live in the wild. We live much closer to it, yes, than the vast majority of people, but I cannot allow the pretence that we are somehow living post-domesticity. Though perhaps we might one day fancy ourselves gatekeepers to a wilder place. Perhaps we begin to uncover keys to something larger and stranger and messier than we’d ever like to know…”