Some friends and I got into a discussion the other day about what a horse experiences during war. Obviously, they're not used for these purposes so much anymore, but how 'aware' were horses during battles of what was going on around them?
Were they simply the 'instruments' of the rider, simply obeying specific commands and not really understanding what is going on? Or did they actually 'know,' perhaps through training, something about human organized-battles, that there are friends, and enemies, and strategies and tactics to be followed and so on.
Dogs, for example, can be trained to recognize friend from foe, and can be trained to perform some pretty sophisticated (and sometimes improvised) behaviours in battle-environments with what resembles a kind of battlefield awareness.
Are horses similar? Thanks, we Iook forward to your responses...