Horses aren't people. They're horses.
I loved this book when I was young because it approached developing relationships through the prism of horses, making relationships remote enough for me to appreciate without feeling threatened. So, on that level, anthropomorphism was good for me but now I'm well and truly grown up and no longer need to view relationships through a prism of horse, these books no longer hit the spot. I can't make that leap back, when I read them, to that particular version of myself.
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