While I've never quite bought into the "having a dog is like having a baby!" fallacy, I do often think that horses can be compared to toddlers. This recent blog post, listing the ways in which dogs are not babies, seems to underline that theory.
The author lists these reasons that dogs are easier than babies:
• You can keep them in the car by themselves on a brisk fall day when running errands.
• You don’t have to worry about them when you’re at work.
• You don’t have to entertain them or worry whether they’re keeping up with their peer groups.
• They produce practically zero laundry.
• You don’t have to keep your phone on vibrate in case daycare calls with an emergency.
Yeah, all of those things are false for horses. Worrying, check. Keeping up, check. Laundry, check. Cell phone on vibrate, so very check. (Is there anything worse than a call from the barn in the middle of the day? Do any barn managers NOT start every conversation with "Your horse is okay! Here's another thing I needed to ask you about"?)
The major advantage to horses, of course, is that when you work late you don't have to check on them, or go pick them up from daycare. If you're me, you feel massively guilty and lazy, but 9 times out of 10 Tristan is much happier if I don't come out to ride.