pet animals and Horses
Is a horse considered a pet? Why or why not?
Linda Braddy, former Horse Trainer, Instructor, Equine Professional (1980-2013)
Answered Dec 17 2019 · Author has 364 answers and 676.3k answer views
Originally Answered: Is horse a pet animal?
According to the strict definition of -pet- in Webster's or Funk and Wagnal's dictionary (domestic animals kept for pleasure and companionship) it almost appears that I should answer this question with, yes. But horses are not pets, they are livestock; at least, in the US.
Livestock is defined as farm animals (except poultry) kept for work or seen as an asset.
Horses are farm animals, as they require the space and food production of farming enterprises.
Although we see horses as highly domesticated animals due to many years of careful breeding, many equine related lawsuits and defense arguments rely on the fact that you really can't take all the wild out of a horse's behavior. Just like any other farm animal, horses have wild instincts.
When you consider the investment involved in acquiring and maintaining a horse and its potential for resale value or breeding, or even meat production, it is an asset… although arguably a high risk asset. Even the horse kept as a pasture ornament is an asset.
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