...you sometimes go hungry but your horse never does.
...the smell of horse manure provides a flood of fond memories.
...you almost prick your ears in delight at the sight of green pasture.
...you paw with your foot while waiting at the traffic lights.
...the word 'horse' jumps out at you, even if the reference is to horsepower or a clotheshorse.
...you have to sit on your hands during work meetings because your fingernails are too filthy after morning muck-out.
...your pockets are full of chaff and you have to keep surreptitiously emptying them into the nearest bin.
...you see a horse in a paddock while driving or on the train, and suddenly you're 8 years old all over again.
...you turn every conversation into one about horses, to the frustration of everyone around you.