|Harv with a buddy from long ago|
This vet certainly thinks horses have the capacity to grieve and I don't think it is much of a stretch to imagine animals having emotions similar to humans. How different can it be from separation anxiety that we witness all of the time in the equine world? I have seen Harvey recognize his equine buddies after many years. Horses can have friends, human and equine. I know Harv knows me, and looks to me for security in new situations. I can see, have seen, horses looking for their buddy in the pasture, and have seen horses call for their owners when they hear their car in the driveway. One of the few prerequisites for missing someone is wanting to have them around.
If you believe this, then feeling grief strikes me as very much in the realm of equine feelings. At the same time, the article suggests that horses are animals who live in the moment. Unlike humans, and maybe other animals like dogs, they can accept and move on fairly quickly. I don't think this means they don't really care that much -- I just think that is the way they're wired.
Just musing here. What do you all think?