Its the same with dogs. It is a predatory animal that lives in a pack, treat it such. I do my best to treat my animals as they are, in their place.
I am just a human, my dog is just a dog and my horse is just a horse.
I love all my animals, but never let that get in the way of understanding exactly what they are.
See, when I read that line, I wasnt thinking of it in that way. I am a big ceasar mulan fan and I have always actaully treated my dog with his same ideas (however he is the DOG WHISPERER and does it sooooo much better than I could ever dream. And I think that is the same with horses. They are a prey item and you must see through their eyes to understand them.
However when I read "Is your horse just a horse?" it made me think "Is your horse a replaceable object? Or do you really think it has a soul?", which isnt probably not what he meant. Im not sure why I thought that with the simple question. LOL... but some people (ALOT) of people do think of them in that way. They are a means to bring attention to themselves, and after that attention is got then, there is no commitment put into rewarding the horse for letting you ride it.
There is a few young girls around here that like to beat their horses. They think its always the horses fault, and its never theirs. I'd really like to stick them on my horse!!! She's one of those that you don't hit if she doesnt think she did something wrong, lol....but then again, she might end up killing these girls, and there would be lawyers, and....
Anyway the point I was making isnt that I feel my horse isnt a horse and that she is a human-like thing. My point was that a horse isnt a four wheeler. You don't just hop on it and expect it to do whatever you want. Its a partnership (hopefully!! Very hopefully) based on trust. (Like someone had said earlier.)
So long story short!!! I agree, lol....