Specifically horses, donkeys, llamas, and any other mob that a player can ride.
Mounts are pets you would specifically want to take with you into the wild, but if you need to dismount to quickly deal with a threat or opportunity, you can either go to the trouble of staking the animal first and going off to deal with whatever, or you can let the animal run loose and possibly never see them again, along with the saddle, mount armor, name tag, and anything in its "saddlebags".
But if your animal (or anyone else's) could be tracked on a locator map you would at least have a chance of regaining them even if they wandered several dozen blocks away. In real life, tame horses like the company of humans and will follow them around or at least remain in the vicinity. Rather than have horses automatically behave like wolves or cats, they might be allowed to appear on a locator map and still be able to graze as they will.
This would also give a substantive reason for giving your mount a name tag (besides sentimentality).
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