I realize that for some reason lately I am inclined to take frequently pictures of horses. Not that these pictures are great or anything, but I have many. Most of these I just discard because they look so-so or too cliched for my taste. Some look totally forgettable. In this case, although I thought the framing was really ugly, the photo appealed to me. One of the horses was combing through the other’s coat with his teeth, with such a familiarity and tenderness that I was deeply impressed. Perhaps tenderness was only something I saw and the gesture thus acquired a different meaning in my eyes. As people, we tend to idealize animal behavior, so I wouldn’t find it surprising. Still, animals — and mammals in special way — are often so fascinating to us also because, when we look at them, we recognize intentions similar to our own, but purer.