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        07-15-2012, 08:21 PM
    Green Broke
    I, like many of you, value you a human life over that of a horse.

    But the way I see it, friends come and go (at least for me), horses can stick around much longer. The relationship between me and my horse, and me people I care about is remarkably different and I'd give up my horse for them in extreme situations (like if I had to move for a sick relative somewhere I couldn't take my horse) but never just because they asked.

    If it was a matter of continuing a friendship or keeping a horse I'd probably go with the horse not because of my intense relationship with animals but because its my hobby, my interest, its what I do. Why give up something that is such a central and enjoyable part of my life for a friend that is, in the end, replaceable?
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        07-15-2012, 08:32 PM
    Haven't read all the comments.
    But for me.
    If a horse and a person were hurt or about to die,
    Id help the horse.
    I don't like people.

    Id keep the horse.
    Not the 'friend'

    If they're trying to change you or can't Accept you for you, they're not a friend.
        07-15-2012, 08:57 PM
    Originally Posted by Silent one    
    Well, I never said I was normal........
    That makes 300 million of us...
        07-15-2012, 08:58 PM
    I remember years and years ago when I lived in Florida there was a big event that hit all the news. The captain of a ship in a shipwreck refused to let a man on the lifeboat because there wasn't enough room without kicking the captain's dog out of the boat. Can't remember if the man died or what, maybe did? I remember there was a trial and everything.

    At the time, we were talking about who we would save and I said my dog! Honestly I did! I shocked my mother so bad she actually told me there was something she had done that didn't work right in raising me, LOL! But at the time that was how I felt.

    Now I would likely save the person and let my dog go, but I would HATE that person. Couldn't help it. I wouldn't want their thanks, wouldn't want to ever see them again, every time I looked at them it would remind me of the painful choice. So to me, I would lose a friendship anyway if I chose a friend over my horse, does that make sense?
        07-15-2012, 09:01 PM
    Originally Posted by Faceman    
    That makes 300 million of us...
    Haha Face! You know I ain't normal or sane.

        07-15-2012, 09:16 PM
    I'm an introvert. Always have been and have accepted that I always will be. My mare doesn't judge me for that (of course she's easy to talk to and hang out with).

    She's been with me for over 20 years so she's not an "animal" or even a "pet". I think of her as my sister. She got me through my parents divorce and through crappy high school. I would go to the ends of the earth for her and I only have 1 friend that even comes close and she's a horse person so she would understand if I rescued Magic first and then came back for her. She would get it.

    I don't have anything against people that would choose their friends over their horses. I just happen to like my horses more than the vast majority of people.
        07-15-2012, 09:20 PM
    Honestly, I would choose horses over almost anything and everything in my life. I have made them a big priority. If a close friend couldn't accept my love of horses, they would no longer be a close friend.

    Would I save a horse over a family member? No.

    Would I sacrifice time spent with family in order to spend more time with horses? Absolutely.

    I may or may not have a social problem, but I know where my happiness and ambitions lie- in the horse world.
        07-15-2012, 09:23 PM
    I've never valued "human life" over animals. No human being weighs more in my heart than my horses. Several people are at the same level, but I could never choose one or the other. A true friend wouldn't ask you to.

    OP, she's not your friend. Forget about her and go enjoy your horse.
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        07-16-2012, 05:17 AM
    If someone asks you to chose, they aren't worth anything. They shouldn't expect you to choose ever.

    I don't pick anyone over my horse, and I don't pick my horse over anybody. I know my horse is never out to hurt me or lie to me. Sometimes friends do that and it sucks.....
        07-16-2012, 05:24 AM
    There are two people I would choose over my horse, my SO and my daughter. I am not much of a people person. :)
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