In the highland districts of Lao Cai, a horse is both a close friend and an important means of transportation every day. Every day, in the mornings without frost, even though it is still cold, horses are still struggling to help the Mong family to carry farm tools, fertilizers and seeds to the fields. In the evening, when the sun shines in the western mountains, it is also time for horses to patiently carry the products harvested from the field. Mountain roads with steep hills and mountains, bumpy rocks, only a horse – a close friend, can help the Mong to cultivate corn, rice seeds on the top of the mountain, and steep slopes.
Horses are friends in everyday life, but also a sacred animal in the Mongolian religious life. A horse is the only thing that transforms into a stretcher to bring the dead back to eternity. Only a horse has the mysterious power to carry the Mongolian priest to heaven, earth and river to find the souls of the sick to heal the H’mong.