From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a horse," or, "that's a lot of money for just a horse".
They don't understand the distance travelled, the time spent or the costs involved for "just a horse." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a horse."
Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a horse," but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a horse" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you think it's "just a horse," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."
"Just a horse" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a horse" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of "just a horse" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.
So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a horse" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a horse" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman."
Entirely agree, in fact before I read it I thought "That's like saying 'just a friend'."
I have had to explain to a fellow professional that giving a horse away, rather than selling it, does not prove that the girl who did it had an unrealistic outlook on life - just that she would rather give it to a guaranteed good home than sell it into an uncertain future. I bet that person thinks they are 'just' horses.
The thought of anyone thinking a horse is "just a horse" makes me angry. I have a ridiculously over-active maternal/protective instinct, though, and horses are one of the things it covers. (Along with my other animal-babies, and my books... and bizarrely, as a general rule, not human children :P)
Anyway :P It's a beautiful quote
"Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground."