Regarding equine art, can you take seriously... ..an equine artist who has never actually owned a horse?
Your question makes me think someone has told you that the answer is a definate 'yes'?? Like you said, no right or wrongs.
Actually, nobody has told me anything about it. I've never heard this topic discussed before, but I was thinking about it the other day and just wanted to see what kind of answers people would have.