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post #11 of 21 Old 02-21-2016, 06:24 AM
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I have no doubt on a scientific level you are all quite right

But, next time when I'm with my horse (when I get a new one) and she/he nickers at me or wants to be near me just because I'm there, it will suit me just fine to believe she/he "loves" me, in her/his own way.
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post #12 of 21 Old 02-21-2016, 06:42 AM
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I'm a firm believer that until we can read their minds we'll never really know!
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post #13 of 21 Old 02-21-2016, 09:59 AM
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A better question might be Why do humans feel the need to be loved by their horses? This desire speaks to our wish to make our horses 'human' when in fact, we love them precisely because they are horses! Let them be horses and form a bond with them on that basis rather than wanting it to be something horses are not designed for from a biological point of view.
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post #14 of 21 Old 02-21-2016, 09:17 PM
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A better question might be Why do humans feel the need to be loved by their horses? This desire speaks to our wish to make our horses 'human' when in fact, we love them precisely because they are horses! Let them be horses and form a bond with them on that basis rather than wanting it to be something horses are not designed for from a biological point of view.
Exactly

I like how Larry Trocha says it: "I ask… what’s so wrong with TRUE horse nature
that people feel like they need to make crap up?

Why do some people feel compelled to blindly
believe horses possess emotional characteristics they actually don’t?

If there’s some emotional VOID in your life,
projecting it and expecting it to be fulfilled by an animal, just isn’t
realistic (or safe)."
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post #15 of 21 Old 02-21-2016, 10:17 PM
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I know that there are times when "my" horse seems to enjoy hanging out with me. I like to believe that. it makes me love him. and then I feel good. and that's all I really care about, as a human, ; feeling good.
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post #16 of 21 Old 02-21-2016, 10:21 PM
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Well, while my horse does come to the gate to greet me, he does not choose me over food. He also does not stand at the gate crying for me as I leave or even looking sorry that I'm leaving. He just wanders off to visit his paddock-mate. Then again, I could say similar things about my own children, so who knows.
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post #17 of 21 Old 02-21-2016, 10:24 PM
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A better question might be Why do humans feel the need to be loved by their horses?
Very good point

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post #18 of 21 Old 02-21-2016, 10:57 PM
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Does it really matter. Each of us enjoys being with our own horse/s and most feel a strong bond. How we perceive that bond may be realistic, or more likely not. But that perception adds to our enjoyment. We only run into trouble when we 'baby' them and don't give them the leadership they need.
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post #19 of 21 Old 02-22-2016, 12:30 AM
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Not everyone dominates their horses. I ask of my horses when at liberty and if they chose not to go along with my request, they can simply walk away. Knowing that, they usually choose to stay as they sense there will be no repercussion.



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post #20 of 21 Old 02-22-2016, 11:07 AM
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I think that horses can feel love and also love back. I mean, they feel other emotions like fear, anger, happiness, etc...why not love?
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