Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Western Australia
Our pony is most definitely a pet.
I think a lot depends on how you use an animal and how it was raised as to whether its a pet or not.
We have 50 or so chickens, 3 of whom were pets as the kids had hand raised them. We have 800 sheep, 2 of whom are pets as they were hand raised, 70 cattle of which 3 are pets, 2 because we hand raised them and one old cow who acts a baby sitter to the heifers.
We have 4 dogs, all are pets but two are also expected to work herding sheep and cattle, one is a retired work dog and the other is an annoying silky terrier who's job is to make my MIL a bearable person to be with! LOL
I know very few people who would consider their horses to be livestock, but I know that changes in different parts of the country where horses are tools of work, a lot like our dogs are tools to work stock.
And I get what Boots says, even my livestock is valued and treated well, up to and including when its served on my dinner table. After all, thats its job.