Do you think that a person could become a successful horse sculptor/painter/sketcher (or whatever type of artwork they prefer) if that person has never had a horse of their own, or spent a lot of time around real horses? Is it possible?
Can a non-horse owner really understand their subject well enough to be good at accurate portrayal, both in the body and the spirit of the animal?
There is no "right" or "wrong" answer- I'm simply looking for opinions. I get curious about things, and this one was on my mind today.