Saw this on a cattle forum I go to: Just a Horse From time to time, people tell me "lighten up, its just a horse" or "that's a lot of money for just a horse." They don't understand the distance traveled, 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 too, think its "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 longlingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse" but the 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 what's bad in my life. I hope that someday they can understand that its not "just a horse" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman/man." So the next time you hear the phrase "just a horse," just smile, because they "just" don't understand. I think your other favorite animals can be substituted in there, like "just a chicken."