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."