Neigh for 2014!

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

YOU know it’s the New Year when malls start setting up shelves and installations that are solely dedicated to items fashioned after a specific animal. For 2014, it’s all about horses: horse plush toys, figurines, key chains, t-shirts and other symbolic and auspicious trinkets that can be associated with the upcoming zodiac year—”upcoming”because the Year of the Water Horse actually starts on the Lunar New Year, Jan. 31.

In an article posted on, 365 days of luck await “horses” in 2014.

They’re in for a bigger stable, maybe? Or more stacks of hay? Or perhaps a horse-friend to make life at the farm not as lonely—whatever it is, it has been said by astrologers that horses who take chances this year are more likely to achieve favorable outcomes.

How to spot a horse?

With or without luck, horses are known for their ability to make it through their own with little help from others. Without much fuss or fending, as compared to, say, a shih tzu in a dog show, horses work hard so come racing day, they can gallop ahead to the finish line.

Horses are notoriously independent. They can breeze through multitasking on their own, and naturally, are easily impatient when other animals—or humans—don’t measure up.

Horses value solitary moments. Unlike the herd-like upbringing of the sheep and the fowl, horses like to roam around and graze by themselves, free from the confines of a fence, and far from the company of other animals, even those of the same kind.

Those said, others often misunderstood horses as aloof, eccentric, and a little short of being a prima donna; failing to realize that it’s actually these very traits of being wanderers and self-reliant workers that makes them the prized animals in the farm.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 01, 2014.


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