Have you ever wondered which is smarter: cows or horses? I think they’re intelligence is about equal, but their behavior is different. Here’s what I mean:. Horses’ primary protection from predators is flight. In the wild, when a pack of coyotes approaches, horses will flee. Foals are born with long legs and, within hours of birth, can keep up with the horse herd – for a short distance anyway. Snap, a foal born on our farm, ran stride for stride with his mother just a day after birth. Racehorses are bred for speed, but even a slow horse is pretty fast.