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user-inactivated  ·  3324 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The 4 Ways People Rationalize Eating Meat

do you consider riding a horse natural? I'd consider domestication to be a technology.

mk  ·  3324 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm not sure. Once you start talking about our tool use, cognition, etc., then most everything we do or create can be considered natural. But then what is the purpose of the word?

'Naturally occurring' isn't too difficult, unless you start splitting hair with ant hills and beaver dams. but 'natural behavior' is really muddy.

I suppose it depends on how you define 'natural'. Domestication is definitely a technology. Are all technologies unnatural? If so, then I guess horse riding is unnatural. But then so are beaver dams. But then bird nests?

Hell, I have no idea.

randomuser  ·  3324 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Riding a horse the right way is very natural, riding a horse the wrong way is painful and awkward.

user-inactivated  ·  3324 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I hope you're talking about bareback, because there's no other way to ride a horse that is arguably natural

randomuser  ·  3323 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yes, lol, bareback and correct riding technique. Riding that looks graceful, not painful.

user-inactivated  ·  3324 days ago  ·  link  ·  

After reading this comment in chatter, I'm sort of surprised to see that this thread is actually about horses.