My best friend and I have recently had some issues and problems over our horses, during which she has said to me, you know they are horses and friends are more important to me than the horses. I've thought long and hard about this, and I guess maybe it depends on your perspective.
I was a lonely troubled child with lots of family-related issues and problems. Plus probably some undiagnosed mental problems. I wasn't popular at all, and really didn't have a lot of "friend" relationships growing up.
What I did have was a horse. She was my everything. She was my confidante, my solace, my place to run when life was unbearable. She literally saved my life, because I believe I would have ended it without her. I spent every available minute I had with her, sometimes even sneaking out to sleep with her.
Except for my Lord and Savior, I have truly desired nothing else much in this life except for my horses.
So in all honesty, I guess I have to admit that yes, my horses are more important. I know people are important too, I get that. But I will give up any friendship I have for any horse of mine or my family. They just mean that much to me.
What do they mean to you?