Can one horse ‘break the heart’ of another?
Reading a post on The Racing Forum, someone suggested that Big Buck’s had, perhaps, broken horses like Punchestowns.
They used to say Arkle broke Mill House’s heart.
Do you think horses have the emotional capacity to feel humiliated or psychologically battered by not being able to catch a rival?
Does a horse even see another one as a rival? Racehorses are not competing for food, although it might be argued that some genetic/historic drive compels them to compete not to end up as food by leaving others behind for predators?
But even that tactic might be questionable; many would see the safest place to ‘hide’ would be in the middle of the herd.
If only they could talk!
All thoughts most welcome in the comments section