Oh lord. From my experiences with the horses I've ridden, they love their job. Mines a born show horse, and loves it. And it shows in his performance. If he doesn't want to do something, or isn't feeling well, he let's us know in his actions and we respect that. I let him out from time to time to let him run, and just be a horse. After about 15 minutes of walking about, eating some grass, and rolling, he's at the gate wanting to come back in. This is just my experience. And we do it with all of our old horses who we have tried to retire. We have older horses who just needed a new job, teaching little kids. They love it. When they don't feel well, or are tired, we give them their time.
Like some of the posters said, they're like people with jobs. Some are meant to be "workers" and some just aren't. It all just depends on the horse.
Just my little opinion(: it's not the gospel, so no need to attack or go against. Everyone has a right to their own opinion.
Posted via Mobile Device