An ecological understanding allows us to identify "things"—rain, cloud, river—at the same time that it reminds us that these identities are fluid. Even mountains erode, and the ground below us moves in giant plates. It reminds us that—while it's useful to have a word for that thing called a cloud—when we really get down to it, all we can really point to is a series of flows and relationships that sometimes intersect and hold together long enough to be a "cloud."
“ I needed to know the bounds of this unmapped universe where all of us could live in our bodies like we knew we were already okay.”
Sonya Renee Taylor
(I shiver with delight at the thought of such a universe)
we are in a knot of species coshaping one another in layers of reciprocating
complexity all the way down.
Through their continuous negotiation, horses tell humans how to explore horseness in our shared animality, never as a fixed quality, but always following curiosities and temporal meaning-making. This is also how they respond to humans in return.