Punks--All I said was there was no empirical evidence to suggest that horses can "love" or have any other emotion. It's been proven that animals don't seem to have a notion of "self", which makes me wonder about the other emotions.
I'd say horses are "smart" and that they can "love" but, again, I was speaking research wise.
But, ultimately you can think whatever you want, and so can I. xD
EDIT--Darn it, I had an extra thing written out and it just went away.
I wanted to speak also on the complexity of "empathy". I think it is so complex that most humans don't even have the ability to express it.. or they simply choose not to. Sympathy is the acknowledgment of another's suffering. So, we would first have assume that a horse is aware of what suffering is, can recognize it in another being, and then feel some sort of sadness for that being.
Empathy not only hinges on the recognition of that suffering, but then the observer must consciously put themselves in a place to /feel/ what that other individual is going through.
Is that something that donkeys, horses, or any other animal can do? Who knows.
EDITx2--This video went viral a couple of days ago. I think it is relevant ^^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=1Evwgu369Jw