Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Sterling, Virginia, USA
Reno enjoys pats, rubs, hugs, and nose kisses.
I have to somewhat disagree with Kayty. My horse definitely feels SOMETHING in the way of affection/love towards me. I only visited him twice at the rescue before adopting him (I did not bring treats, nor was I able to touch him a lot or stay long since it was cold outside). The second time I visited, he saw me and perked straight up from his rescue-horse-slump. One of the people there said something that I absolutely believe is true, "he knows he's yours."
During the almost-year I've had him, I haven't been able to spend a whole lot of time with him other than feeding him and turning him out/bringing him in while I worked at the farm he's boarded at. My days were packed full with barn work and my employment, and my nights were spent resting up for the next full day of work. I live one state away and have hardly had time to even visit him. The BO and students see, feed, train, and ride him more often than I even see him. Yet I'm the only person he perks up with when he sees them.
He follows me around, he gives me horse "snuggles" and "kisses". He acts exactly like any of my former canines. So yes, horses have the capacity to feel affection of some kind. Perhaps not what we define as "love", but they feel something akin to it.