“Everyone hates my big stupid horse in Red Dead Online: He is my friend” by Cass Marshall is an ode to her horse Hayseed:
Horses are companions. There’s a reason why one of the first pieces of downloadable content was armor for your horse in The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion. The world of Red Dead Online can sometimes feel a little quiet, and a little empty. Playing with my posse has proven to be a fantastic social experience, and part of that is the stories we generate together. Sometimes, those tales come from fighting with other posses and robbing stagecoaches out on the far reaches of the West.
And sometimes, those stories come from me accidentally trampling my friend with Hayseed, my big beautiful horse. Please, ignore the hollers of agony coming from these people. It’s fine — you can trust Hayseed.
Earlier in the piece, she argues that “the purpose of a shared game world” is “to express your individuality,” which she does by riding her gigantic, slow horse.