Originally Posted by Merlot
I'm sorry but to assume that an animal other than the human animal does not share the same emotions as we do is a lie put in place by scientists who wish to perform experiments such as vivisection without having to feel guilty. It is also used by the church in the assumption that humans are somehow not animals and therefore can be used and abused.
ALL mammals share the emotions of fear, joy, anger, sadness, mirth etc. Just ask anyone who has seen puppies play - they giggle (a weird snuffling noise), a mare with her foal (LOVE) or conversly a mare who has lost her foal (despair) - a sheep being chased into a truck (fear).
They don't have the words to put these emotions into 'poetry' as such but don't EVER tell me they don't feel just as we do.
Never forget, we too are mammals who share the same nervous system as every other mammal.
Please do not put words into my mouth. I never stated horses don't have feelings or experience pleasure/pain on different levels. I said:
Horses don't have the emotions attached to reproduction like humans do. I don't believe they have a concept of "rape" and can't be traumatized like a human can in that manner.
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Reproduction in *the vast majority* mammals is purely for the survival of the species and not about controlling another by fear. Do not confuse this with dominance mounting between colts or to establish herd hierarchy. Horses do not purposely victimize other horses by singling them out to be "raped".
That being said this has gone way off topic and is of no help to the original poster, so I will just agree to disagree and leave it at that.