Can horses love?

Anyone who has ever been loved by a horse will tell you there is no other love like it. Some even claim that the love of a horse is superior in many instances to any level of human love they have ever felt. Yet the question can horses love remains.

How do people expert and otherwise answer the question — can horses love?

Mane ‘n Tail® Animal Products state:

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To answer this question, you first have to consider your definition of love. Horses may not love each other in the same capacity of a human loving another human. Subsequently, the love you feel for your horse may not be exactly reciprocated. But a horse can certainly feel — and give — affection.

Like any relationship, don’t rush things. Your horse has to trust you in order to let you get close. It is not easy for a horse. As prey animals by nature, their instincts are to be on guard. Take your time and build up trust between you and your horse. Longtime horseman Franklin Levinson from “Way of the Horse” writes that “love, respect and trust are basically the same thing for a horse.” writes:

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One of the more popular internet horse searches begs the simple, sweet question, “Can a horse love you?”

That affection will look different than that of a dog or cat. Horses generally nicker when they’re content, sort of a vibrating sound that comes from his vocal cords with his mouth closed. They’ll also use their head and nuzzle, and sometimes lick.

Vivian Farrell of the Fund for Horses says,

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My experience is that horses certainly do love, often beyond the human capacity to recognize it only because of how they try to define or measure it. Anyone who has ever been loved by a horse — healed by that love — knows exactly what I mean.

Let’s show them how much we love them. Celebrate “National I Love Horses Day” across social media using #NationalILoveHorsesDay.

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