My username is Sunrise4me because I just recently got into horses (even tho' I'm 51 years old!) and the horse I have fallen in love with is named Sunset. But to me she is a sunrise! She is an 18-year old Tennessee Walking horse and she tolerates my mixed signals as I'm a newby! She is not mine but I go out to the stables every weekend and feed the horses with the owner. He is a very kind man, but he's said and done a few things that I question. For example, he said that horses really only respond to food and sex. I found it hard to believe that horses (at least some) wouldn't like grooming and affection.
Sunset seems to like grooming. Sable, one of the others, does NOT. So, I'm now on a mission to find a good book about the emotions of horses. I'm going to read it then I'm going to give it to him to read. If anyone can recommend a good book that addresses that, I'm all ears.