I have to agree that horses are livestock. I have ridden, trained and sold a lot of horses. Does the fact that I sell them and make money off of them mean I don't have a relationship with them? Heck no! To assume that somebody does not have a relationship with their horse just because they are willing to sell them and move on is ridiculous. I have sold a number of horses and have been sad to see them go every time. Just because I cry when they leave and miss them like crazy does not mean that they need to have a permanent place in my life.
My wife and I are struggling with this right now. Got a good offer on Sonny, twice what we gave for him.
My wife is getting older and feeling the bumps and now wants a gaited horse. The trouble is our kids are grown, and the horse she has now filled a large gap in her heart. He's a great trail horse, rock solid and trust worthy.
I don't know what she'll decide to do. I know she doesn't have many years left to ride, and maybe a smoother horse will extend that a bit, but still, it's hard on the heart.
I'd love to keep him, as the devil you know is often better than the devil you don't know. Horse trading sucks IMO. To much drama.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.