Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
The way I look at it is, horses are livestock. They live outside, they prefer members of their own species, they can become quite fond of you and vice versa, but they are livestock, fundamentally.
Dogs are dogs, they are their own separate category. No other animal has the kind of relationship to us that dogs do. Other house animals, whether predators like cats or ferrets, or prey like guinea pigs and hamsters, are in yet another category -- they lack the tens of thousands of years of commensal evolution with us, like dogs do. Dogs are the only animal that is a true commensal with human beings, they literally became dogs to be with us, their choice (I'm romanticizing this but it is essentially true; we did not make dogs out of wolves, they made themselves).
If you think a livestock animal so little removed from its original nature that it can effortlessly transition into life without us at all, is going to be the same as a dog, you just aren't thinking straight.
Short horse lover