I ride for the horses. Yes it may sound corny, but it is the truth.
You see, in real life, I am completely independent. But others call it severe shyness. I like to think of it as independent because you don't sound crazy, but smart when people ask about it.
But something changes when it comes to horses. I get around one, and the walls and the shyness go away. I would run through wall after wall of fire just to be around a horse for a minute. To me they are people who speak horseinese (as my previous instructor called it). I almost think horseinese is my first language. It doesn't matter if I've known the horse for 5 years or 30 seconds, I can speak to a horse better than I can talk to a human. Actually, I think horses have helped improve my socialization skills. I have actually picked up conversations on trail rides with people I have never seen before.
Some people think I have an unheallthy obsession with horses. I just call it my independent passion.