Does domestication result in medication?
Do our human hands inevitably meddle in the natural balance?
It’s not like you see raccoons on blood thinners, or armadillos on muscle builders. The natural world has its own ways of inoculating, and soothing, and inhibiting its inhabitants. But, what are we without progress?! Onward and upward as they say. Up and up. Maybe someday we’ll notice that things have become livable beyond upgrade. Does a progressive civilization ever “comfortably” plateau? It isn’t really at all in human nature to plateau. The mind continues to spitfire, and the legs keep churning, don’t they.
Anyway, I was on about RACEHORSES!
A thoroughbred racehorse is one of mankind’s most treasured and majestic creatures. The speed, the strength… the mane. One of the planet’s most powerful creatures, combining a rare amalgam of land speed and brute force, the thoroughbred rests high above the likes of other sporting animals. In fact, we’ve culturally and socially evolved alongside the thoroughbred since ancient Grecian times. More in fact, the earliest dates historians have been able to pick up, according to Brittanica, are as early as 700 BC. The racehorse could very well have been a fixture of sport prior the recorded goings on of the Greeks. You think Mesopotamians saddled up?!
Welcome to Greece. The year is 680 BC, and the upcoming Olympic Games are set to feature, among other pleasantries, both bareback horse racing and chariot racing. There aren’t “jockeys” per say, because nobody’s heard of anything like that, but there are racers of each division that fancy themselves equestrians.
Fast forward to the Crusades. Yay, the Crusades! Europeans find Arabians and the lot racing horses through the dunes, and abscond with them back to the motherland like they did with everything else they fancied. Which brings us to England (noses up). Knights and squires raced for crown and country and purses of pounds. You with me?
And here we are, all a gallop. Centuries of thoroughbreds, dashing through the mud for glory and roses. Maybe American Pharaoh’s family tree includes a Grecian Olympic medalist, hmm.