Today was a wet, cold day on the ridge. The horses chose to spend most of the day outside and didn't seem the worse for it. No shivering.
I want to leave the debate for today (continue comments if you like, they are quite interesting and I think valuable for exploring this) but what I do want to write about is the feeling that I get when going to see the horses. Horses kept in an environment where their social and physical needs are met, in my experience, will typically not give a person that excited greeting that a dog gives when their "human" comes back. Cats too, have a greeting although it seems to be more of a demand. Unless the horses know you're bringing them a bucket of grain or similar treats, they seem to be content to continue what they were doing, and maybe eventually come up, or welcome the person with a gentle nosing, or request for scratching.
I used to interpret this as that I was doing something wrong, that the horses weren't more excited to see me even after an extended absence. I now think that this is a reflection of their nature which is to "be" in a very different way than other companion animals.
If we could think of the three animals (dogs, cats, horses) as people, it might go as follows:
Have others of you noticed this, or something different?Dog (running up, arms outstretched in a waiting hug): Hey it's soo good to see you, I've missed you these past 5 minutes, hey want to go out and play frisbee? Come on please? Please!Cat (walking up slowly): Ahem, Ahem, Where have you been? It's cold in here and I want wet food now...oh and please sit down so I can warm my feet on your lap. Did you remember that I said I want wet food?Horse (continuing what she's doing): If you're really interested in what's going on, my friend over there has a sore leg and those neighbors across the street are worried about the family they live with.