Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I remember reading an article once that said that a while back (I don't know when, probably mid 20th century) they were worried that horses would become somewhat extinct. They were no longer being used for work and they seemed to have no purpose, especially with increased industrialisation and urbanisation.
Then it started to become a hobby and now it is as it is now.
I don't know what the future will bring, we'll eventually run out of oil but I think by then we'll have alternative sources of power. Although, our perceptions on animal welfare I think will change, I don't know what that will bring.
Society seems to be becoming increasingly urbanised, although perhaps there will be a backlash at that, and people will return to small communities.
As fuel prices go up though, horses will become more expensive to keep, with more expensive feed, gear, transport. So that might drive a lot of urban horse owners away. Who knows though.
It's all just speculation.
I've always sort of imagined a world without cars anymore, where we just ride horses around. I don't think it would be so bad. Certainly different though.