Originally Posted by its lbs not miles View Post
Everyone is allowed an opinioin.
The difference is that the Mustang is ferral, not wild. It became ferral, because of the conditions that it's ancestors were forced to survive in. Animals will revert to a ferral state if caste out and no longer taken care of. It doesn't mean they wanted to. The family dog that is caste out will seek someone to care for it, but will do what it can to survive if it's not taken care of by someone. Even humans, if deprived of what they have will do what they need to survive, or die. The offspring of those caste off animals (including humans) that are tough enough, smart enough and lucky enough to survive will grow up learning to survive and resisting what they don't know. That doesn't mean they won't prefer a life where a full belly, no preditors and better health is the norm. I've had ferral animals show up at the farm to get food. If fed they hang around and with a little attention they return to domesticated behavior. Unlike wild animals.
The great mistake that people make is in thinking the a ferral animal becomes truly wild. It's no more true than thinking a few generations of captivity makes a wild animal domestic. Not even a few hundred years is going to undo what it took untold thousands of years to create....the domesticated animal.
No offense is intended, but your post has no basis at all, nor have you read the previous posts. I suggest you look up the definition of feral. For the umpteenth time...FERAL MEANS
WILD. To say that feral is not wild is the same as saying wild is not wild - makes no sense. Oh, and by the way, when you look it up, look up "feral" - not "ferral", so you can be sure to find it.
Furthermore, horses were never "forced" to live in the wild. Quite the contrary, horses evolved wild and have been forced to live in captivity. That is somewhat beside the point, of course, because the mustang's ancestors for the most part weren't "forced" into anything - they escaped the loving captivity you seem to treasure, and ran away to live the way they wanted to live. Of course it is true that in later years, many were turned out.
I'm not anti horse ownership - I own horses myself, and have for over 50 years. And I am not anti-mustang. Actually I like mustangs. However, I don't live in a fantasy world where horses prefer captivity to freedom...I live on Earth. I sincerely doubt that if horses could talk, a Mustang roped for capture would kick its heels and holler "Hooray...at last! I've been captured and now I can do what I've always dreamed about - have someone throw 200 pounds on my back, pen me up, feed me what they want to feed me, make me work when I don't feel like it, nail those weights to my feet, and stick me with those nasty needles.
That's not to say some horses come to enjoy human companionship, and almost all horses are able to acclimate to their environment. But to say they would prefer captivity, given the choice, is honestly a bit far fetched...