Thursday, December 17, 2009
Are Horses Pets?
A couple of weeks ago, the Sunday Stills challenge was pets. I didn't include my horses in the photos I posted that day - just the dog and cats. Somehow, I don't think of horses as pets. To me, they're much more mysterious and less connected to a human agenda than dogs, or even cats. Perhaps it's because they have never (or at least not that often) lived in our houses, nor have they been as closely domesticated or involved in our lives as dogs and cats are. And their original domestication may have been as food animals - no wonder they're wary of us! Although I spend hours every day in the close company of horses, I still consider them wholly other, and I always feel honored when they include me in their company or try to communicate with me. By nature of their lives with us, and dependence on us, they do interact with us as they need, and sometimes want, to, but they also have their own concerns that do not involve us. Even the best-trained horse is still very close to a wild animal, which I think is part of the reason we are attracted to them. It is truly magical to spend time in the presence of these magnificent creatures, in their beauty and "horseness" - it's a privilege I never stop being grateful for.