If you hang around the horse world for any length of time, unless it is just you in your own barn on your property, and you never interact with anyone else, you are going to run into fools. Fools of all ages, but fools nonetheless. Some may grow out of it, most do not. I may get blasted here, but in my thirty plus years in the horse world, I think horses attract weird people for some reason (hey I fully admit I may be one of them). My theory is that there is often a great deal of dreaming and fantasy about horses, and for some people, reality is just too hard to grasp.
The sad thing is that with a ton of hard work and learning, you can have almost a fantasy like relationship with your horses. Both of my long term riding horses I have loved dearly, they seem to have loved me dearly, and our bonds were so tight it was almost unbelievable. But that does not happen overnight. There was literally blood sweat and tears put into those relationships, and they taught me so much. Too bad many people just want a quick fix, instant fantasy horsie.