How we cite our quotes:
Next to me, old Zoey leaned over her door to try to touch me, but our noses could not quite meet.
Zoey is Joey's first friend, but they're not exactly BFFs. What is it about Zoey and Joey that make them less compatible than, say, Joey and Topthorn?
"Come to think if it, we have a lot in common, you and I." (5.5)
While on leave, Captain Nicholls tells the ladies what he has in common with a horse. But seriously, folks, out of all the soldiers Joey could have been paired with, Nicholls is the best. Strong but sensitive—he's a perfect match for Joey.
[Topthorn] was the first horse I had ever come across that I felt could challenge me for strength, but there was also a kindness in his eye that held no threat for me. (5.18)
Where Zoey was old and kind, Topthorn is young, vigorous, and strong. Horses love to work, so it's only natural that Joey would be attracted to some friendly competition.