Yes, horses are so different from us that many might think that they are not capable to feel emotions like we do - but, although they might not get the human concept of love, I firmly believe that they have their own and that they are able to recognize, if a person loves them.
Not that long ago, there were firm believers in the assumption that different races are not capable for feeling emotions or understanding different concepts... We now all know it is completely absurd and untrue. Why should it be different with horses? By learning to understand them not only as "just animals", but also as slightly different equals, we can open to a new experience of the love that horses offer.
I don't know, maybe in different circumstances, I wouldn't agree to this opinion. But my horse, Snickers, has taught me otherwise. He might be one of a kind, he is very bonding and shows great affection towards me, and the things he does and the attitude he shows proves only love to me - but, since I saw that in him, I see it also in other horses and how they act around "their" people. I could not describe it very well, because it is something more to feel, than to describe. Like we feel when being near a person who truly loves us - we might not be able to put it in words, but we all know the feeling when whe encounter it.
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.