The feathers are probably for show, as they are when you have features on actual horse harnesses. They look quite attractive and they can be found quite often in a type of pony play which focuses on display, which means that such plumages and also such things like elaborate harnesses are common with people who practice that type of pony play.
I can actually relate somewhat with Ally's alienation... not the bondage shit...but I was raised Mormon and I was an atheist; or, at best, a deist who thought Dr. Who was the closest thing to a god I'd ever want to see.
THe thing's I loved and thought about were forboten by my family's culture; and when I ultimately informed them of even partly what I thought and felt, I was basically ostracized. Treated at best as tragically infected with the decadence of "the world", Babylon, Sodom and Gomorrah. At worst I was outrightly seen as a venal contagion only allowed any fortune through my family's benevolent energy. I am not making this shit up. My parents actually believed the blessings of their obedience to God was all that sheltered me from His Holiness's well deserved wrath. Of course, my parents were fucking nuts; so I don't hold that against every Christian by any stretch.
Oooooh boy. One of those, huh? (clear throat) Originally assigned by the critics, i.e., the lynch mob, mormon is a nick name given to people who believe in the Book of Mormon, which is an abridgment by the last prophet Moroni (Mor-O-Nai, please don't say it like it's pasta) regarding the Israeli tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh's continuity in the Americas. At the height of which, post resurrection, in fulfillment of prophecy, Jesus Christ entreated them to a visitation. The people of the first Ephraim prophet in the Americas, Nephite, were exterminated by the Lamanites, the descendants of his brother. The proper name for the church is (I hate this mouth full) The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. It's what every missionary wears on his chest. There's a statue of the guy in every temple; and every prayer to the father is made in the name of the son.
The first prophet, as a boy, saw God and Jesus together: my family's faith is about as Christian as it gets, believing in all the scriptures of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants (which is a compilation of revelations for the church's restoration) and the Pearl of Great Price; which contains the Book of Abraham and the Book of Moses.
I don't follow your logic here. That's like saying 'if Baptists/Methodists/Episcopalians/Apostolics/Catholics/Protestants were Christians they'd be called Christians'.
I'm an atheist but I believe in accuracy. Mormons are very much Christians. You couldn't find a people who believe more that in Jesus Christ was and is the Son of God.
And I am so hooked. Your insight and story telling skills are amazing, as well as your art.
Lots of love to you.