I am sort of on sabbatical. But I ran across this on facebook and I can relate to it. I have often heard these words "it's just a horse". I have heard this mostly when I am putting money and effort into a sick or injured horse. So I think "you're just an idiot". Perhaps sometimes I have actually said it out loud. It wouldn't surprise me.
The horse thing is, I think, genetic. You either have it or you don't. If you do, you cannot explain why you spend countless hours and enormous sums caring for them. The constant cleaning and repair. Sleepless nights waiting for mama to foal. The nightmare of caring for an orphan. The heartbreak of death.
Brushing, detangling. Broken bones and broken dreams. Soft muzzles nestling against your neck. A newborn foal smelling and tasting the person who will be their guardian. A mare's soft nicker. The stallion's guttural call.
The ride of a lifetime. The win you have waited for. The horse that is one-in-a-million.
Not being "just a girl."