I thought it might be interesting to start a discussion on horse training related to 'Just How Smart are horses?'
Does intelligence correlate directly with how easy or difficult a horse is to train?
What is the difference between 'learned behavior' and 'reasoning'?
Does a smart horse learn more quickly?
How do you differentiate what is learned by repetition and conditioning and what is learned by thinking and reasoning.
Are both conditioned responses and reasoning good measuring guides for intelligence?
Would you rather train a smart horse than a not-so-smart one? [Note -- I didn't say 'dumb horse'!
If you listed well known domesticated animals, where would you place horses against dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, etc?
What 'tests' would you use to rate intelligence?
I will see how this shapes up and then tell you what I think and why. I know what criteria I use to determine intelligence and how it relates to training (or more correctly, learning). It is very obvious to me that I, personally, do not use the same criteria to judge intelligence as many other members do here.
Please keep it civil and non-confrontational. I am not trying to start a fight but rather an informed discussion.