Originally Posted by Spyder
Maybe because you simply can't apply human characteristics to animals. It is one of the main failing we tend to do and instead of treating them like the horse they are we have to apply something that we are familiar with to make it easier to understand.
The old horse trainers understood the different nature within the horse without assigning human labeling to them and did just fine. I have no problem either in understanding the possible responses of my horse without assigning a humanized label to him.
However it does sell DVDs etc and put money in someones pockets so someone is gaining something.
Ha ha. Sometimes I give myself a mental smack for giving a horse too much of a human characteristc. Like you said, though, it can make it easier to understand, and I do end up anthropomorphizing a bit, especially when I'm trying to explain to a non-horsey friend or relative what I'm doing.
In a sense, it seems like attaching human labels can almost take away from a horse's "horseyness." Sometimes, I love my horses ten times more than ever, just because they don't think and act like people can!