So, for the first time ever, I have no crazy story to tell. But this time, it's about my observations.
People say animals can't "reason" or that they aren't "intelligent". I have to say I dissagree, specially when it comes to horses.
The lesson pony I currently ride, is a prick. He likes to desrupt your plans, which makes him a great pony as you need to be a step ahead of him at all times. So if your coming close to a jump, I actully see him turning his ears, and can fell him change his stride/shift his weight as he decides what he's going to do, run left,right or stop. I can also feel the rush of energy he releases when he decides he is going to jump.
And when he does refuse the jumps, he waits for the correction, he knows it's coming, but decides that it's worth the hassle. He knows what he did, and he knows he shouldn't do that.
Another horse at the barn, everyone calls stupid. I call him smart. He has learned that if acts foolish then he can do what he wants not the rider, and if he's lucky, get out of work. This same horse, learned how to undo the bolt of his door, and went into the feed room, and ate the soaking beet pulp...
Another horse figured out how to shimmy under the eletric fense(or regular fense with wire under it), steal hay and go back to her stall if it starts to rain, or she just plain decides it's time to be inside.
While not the best examples, they are still examples of horses learning and thinking. It is qualities that make them great mounts for us, as they are not just "dumb" animals. They are no-where near humans, but I believe horses can reason as well as that chikld that we all know, who has invented the contraption to reach the cookie jar.