Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: In a pond somewhere Australia, Queensland
• Horses: 0
When I look at it from a usefulness perspective:
While horses have been apart of many historic events and we wouldn't be where we are today with out them - there 'usefulness' has pretty much faded to non-existent. After all we don't use them in wars anymore, and on most farms there isn't one, unless your Amish or live in a third world country they aren't used for travel. I mean some people make money out of them - from breeding and riding - some people eat them and i'm sure if you look at some remote place in the world they would use horse skin/fur as clothes but that's about it.
Horses have been a very significant part of history - but today they are used mainly for pleasure & therapy.
Dogs however are still be used in wars - they sniff out bombs, alert soldiers when enemies are near, protect them. There is always at least one dog on a farm to protect livestock. They help the disabled people, detect illness & missing people. They are guard dogs, hunting dogs, retrieving dogs, they are still used to get rid of pests.
On many occasions my dogs have protected me, my dogs protect my chickens, they guard the house and most of all are more loyal than any horse could be. I know that in a heart beat my dogs would lay down their life for me.
I've read, heard and seen millions of stories where a dog has protected a human with it's life - they've run through bullet fire, dragged people from flaming buildings, alerted people to bombs, robbers & crazy people. But I've read little stories of how horses protected people, I mean I've read one or two when I horse has moved in the way of a charging bull or whinnied to alert to a fire but that is it.
Dogs are more useful - and cost a whole heap less!
When I look at it from my bias perspective:
Horses win! Hooves down.
But as that wise Mexican girl from those taco ads on TV once said: Why not have both?