Originally Posted by thesilverspear View Post
Wasn't the horse who "solved complex math problems" just incredibly well trained and sensitive to the subtle visual cues he was receiving from his owner?
Even if that were the case, wouldn't the horse have to have some intelligence in order to learn the cues? There is a definite rift in the horse world, between those that see a horse as a beast and nothing more, and those of us who see it as something more intuitive more intelligent. in·tel·li·gence
–noun 1. capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
I have seen ALL of these attributes displayed in horses. I have seen them in varying degrees, meaning that some possess more than others. Same as in humans. I do not see a horse as a four legged hairy human either, I see it as a horse. A horse to me is intelligent, capable of reasoning, remembering, and feeling. Yes feelings. Horses feel nervous, horses feel anxious, horses feel excited...if they feel these things...can they not also feel empathy...concern...love? Emotion, even in humans, is a result of certain physiological releases and responses in the body. The horse experiences a "likeness" to these in some degree.