A conversation I had with my dog-loving younger sister: whether horses or dogs are more useful. I contended that horses are more useful and she dogs.
Despite my older, wiser voice of reason () she refused to relent. My main point was how you could RIDE horses, use them in farming, travel, and the police force, their intimate history with human civilisation, and so on. She maintained dogs were also necessary in farming (herding animals), used in the police more than horses, and could be used for travel (although nobody really uses the husky sleighs she was talking about...) In the police part, I suppose she has a point, but I can't merit that they are any more useful in farming or that they are even at all useful in travel. She also said they could be trained to do more (this, IMO, is clearly false as we teach out horses riding with some quite subtle and complicated aids and we need them to learn respect, stand still, pick up hooves, tie nicely, ground manners, longing...)
So, are horses more useful? Or are dogs? Personally it's horses all the way, but who do you agree with and why?
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