It is bad, because people are envy of our extreme luck, and we are the most used animals of all. But we bring luck to the people we love.
I am a fire horse and I had moments of my life when people were touching me for good luck. I have only good feelings to the human kind and I always think of my fellow human being first before myself. The last thing you can find in a horse is selfishness.
As a matter of fact, I've found that the fire monkey is the most selfish animal I know. These people are not interested if you are busy with something at the moment when they need you, they demand you have to leave everything no matter how important and give them full attention or they start screaming. They do everything from impulse, no planning at all, and leave the mess for others to clean. They divorce and leave their families and young kids, because they have lots of other trees to climb. They can sell you for some more interesting piece of ass.
So I guess the Japanese have gotten it all wrong, it was the fire monkey they were meant to be afraid of, the sneaky ,cheating, playing games animal, that no one can rely on and they are good at masking themselves so you think they are fine people. The horse on the other hand is the most noble person you can meet, they are the people you can call best friends, they will never cheat or betray you and you can put your life in their hands, knowing they would die before anything bad happens to you.
Be positive, everyone has good and bad qualities, more important is the question: can you tolerate the bad ones?