Originally Posted by Saddlebag
A horse are incapable of loving humans. Many will display a pleasing dependency that may be interpreted as love.
While I do believe that this is true most of the time I do think that horses are capable of actually loving a human. My trainers ex show horse is treated the same by both of us. We discipline the same, treat him the same, etc. If I (in example) were to get on him and ask him to do something that he absolutely hated he would balk and fuss. With her, he would go over the moon to get it done.
I don't have any sort of "black stallion" disillusionment, my gelding is many things, when it comes to the fact that at the end of the day I'm the almighty feed bag. However, I do think that he loves me to a degree. I can ask him to do something out of his league for me and he would kill himself to do it. Maybe that's loyalty but I think that with any form of loyalty there comes a certain amount of love.
What I'm trying to say is that I do believe horses are capable of loving humans but I don't think it's shown as obviously as people think it is and I don't think it comes after a few months of owning the horse - I think it comes after a few years.