I have been speaking at length with Falcon about the horse, an animal that he contends is good and noble. And I believe he may be correct. It is furry. It has four legs. But it is a working animal, as opposed to a housepet. The horse transports people from one location to another. It works with farmers to plow fields, to rustle cattle, to move long distances across farms without damage to the land. It pulls heavy loads. It can be hitched to a cart or a buggy or a wagon and used to transport multiple people or people and supplies or supplies and a driver. There is much that a horse does that elevates it above the status of common pet or even simple farm animal.
Falcon even contends that horses are intelligent creatures. I have not had enough experience myself with the species to know whether or not that is true, but I’m willing to examine further. I’m not certain of the best way to study an animal to determine its intelligence, but I’ll do some research into that area as well. If there are other, well-respected scholars that speak about the subject, it might be I don’t need to do primary research on the matter but can resolve the question with others’ primary sources.
Kestrel, where are you? I have seen Facebook posts from Pip and Smidge that make it seem as if the are together and in Richmond, yet we have had no sight of you. If I can find a way to Smidge’s place, I would like to make sure you are ok.