I have many horses in my stable. I also have some ponies born to my mares. They are very cute, smart, loving and of course VERY LOYAL. Horses are known to exhibit loyalty and show love to their human friends even if there is a separation for a long time. Horses have been known in history as loyal friends of man that has aided him in battles and even tilling the ground. For me and my family horses are our cheerful and witty friends that we can ride to the nearest town or even play with.
Why are Horses Loyal?
Horses are known to be loyal to their owners even if at times the owner can be harsh and hurtful to his horse. Sometimes even if the horse is overworked, this lovely animal still stays with his master. Horses are known to be loyal because in the wild they are essentially protective of the members of their herd. The females tend to their young and would defend them at all costs. On the other hand, males will try to kick off any intruder who try to harm a member of their group. When animals like wolves try to attack them, horses uses their strong hooves to kick the enemy away. They would group around their young in a circle and use their hind legs to kick as hard as they can. A horse kick is so deadly, that one hit can send you as far as fifty meters away.
Horses become loyal to their owner because they consider them part of their herd or even their only family. This is why even if they do get hurt with a whip, they would still be loyal to the owner. Horses though would show more loyalty to owners who are loving and kind. Much like dogs, horses develop a better sense of loyalty through providing rewards after following a series of commands from their owners.
I recently discovered that the army has a program that helps injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan to recover better through riding horse. They ride horses to help develop their muscles and regain the strength in their lower limbs. Many of these soldier have regained confidence by communing with the horses.
On the other hand children with disabilities such as having down syndrome or autism join riding camps where they meet, play with and ride horses. After the camp the children show a lot of positive energy and self-confidence. This only shows that horses can work not only with adults and children but also with kids who have special needs.
Personally I can attest with horses loyalty. When I go to travel abroad and leave the horses for a month or so, they can still recognize me when I go back and greet me lovingly. They play well with my children and have always been sweet and kind to them. My cats play with them too. When they were ponies and kitten, they play with each other and not that the horses are much bigger they still allow my cats to play with them. The dogs and horses get along well too. I know horses can be very good pets and friends to anyone!