Can horses feel love for one another?
With the passing of our beloved mare that we had for 7 years and Ollie's (her "best friend") behavior, I've been thinking. Can horses feel love for one another? On October 2005, we bought "Atwee" (Ashlee was her real name, but we never actually called her that...). When we bought her, we owned a boarding stable. Soon after we closed down our boarding stable. We then had 3 of our own horses, Atwee, Ollie, and Naughtilus. On December 18, 2007, Naughtilus passed. This means that Atwee and Ollie were living alone for 5 years and developed a very strong bond. The first night that Atwee passed, Ollie refused to eat and was whinnying for her all night. The next day he ate but was depressed. Ollie always ate first (seniority!) and Atwee had a big "lead mare" mentality and always bossed him around (Ollie is in his 30's and we say he has "horsey alzheimers"). He got very dependant on Atwee and they were best friends for 5 years. Today when I was watching him out in the pasture, he was sniffing around Atwee's grave, then layed down and sprawled out (we call it playing dead as he has scared us many times!!). Made me cry...I think that horses CAN feel love for one another...What do you think?