Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
• Horses: 0
Darrin, taking cows as an example. There is one thing that I have experienced personally that always "got me". Cattle are not thought of as the world's brightest. I have had to try and locate, with help (other riders), very young calves during round-ups in vast areas of desert. They will often hide their babies. No trees. Hills to ride to in order to get a "hill tip" perspective. The areas were where they "had" to be. Hours and hours of searching often led to nothing. In two separate instances, the momma cow was cut out from where the heard was settled, hauled back, and she found it instantly where we had been searching. Hello? It is the dumbest animal??? That level of "hiding" something takes thought way beyond "instinct" or "motor response". Like you said, their thought process is oriented toward "other things", not "non-existent". However, these instances are ignored or "explained away" by the world's self proclaimed "most intelligent" animal. I sincerely doubt there are many humans that could hide an object the size of new calf w little notice that I couldn't find, with help, in the same areas.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
Last edited by Missy May; 09-06-2013 at 12:38 PM.