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> (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Equine-Human Interaction Version 1
> E Q U I M A N I A
> Equimania: A serious mental disorder in which occupation with equine and
> conjunctive /supportive feline, canine, and caprines interferes with the
> ordinary tasks of daily living and significantly interferes with normal
> human social interaction, An addictive component present such that
> patient congregates only with other equine-dependents and their
> aggregates. NO LESS THAN FOUR OF THE FOLLOWING SHALL BE PRESENT TO MAKE
> THIS DIAGNOSIS:
> 1. Noticeable deterioration of living quarters of human equine-dependent
> in conjunction with superior maintenance of living quarters of equines
> and their aggregates.
> 2. Grandiose component includes preoccupation with the
> extraordinariness of
> the patient's equine/s which flies in the face of reality.
> 3. Noticeable deterioration of the appearance of patient (personal
> grooming) in conjunction with horse grooming preoccupation. Potentially
> obsessive component. (Score 1-5 for level of obsessive component with 5
> being most extreme)
> 4. Manic deploy of charge card privileges in tack and feed stores within
> a 120 mile radius of home. ... and far beyond ordinary means. Sprees
> often followed by periods of depression and worry.
> 5. Preoccupation with detail of hay prices, cutting seasons... and the
> prices of apples and carrots.
> 6. Neglect of personal health and dental care and scrupulous attention
> to veterinary care and teeth floating..
> 7. Maintenance of a growing number of equines and their aggregates
> either by breeding or irresistable purchase or both. NOTE: Talking baby
> talk to 1100 pound animals is not considered a part of the mental
> dis-ease picture.
> OBTAIN an endless supply of small oblong pieces of green paper. These
> are probably marked,:"In God We Trust" because only God can really help
> the Equimaniac. Apply liberally and watch them disappear.
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