The Ass and the Charger

: Aesop's Fables

AN ASS congratulated a Horse on being so ungrudgingly and

carefully provided for, while he himself had scarcely enough to

eat and not even that without hard work. But when war broke out,

a heavily armed soldier mounted the Horse, and riding him to the

charge, rushed into the very midst of the enemy. The Horse was

wounded and fell dead on the battlefield. Then the Ass, seeing

all these things, changed his mind, and commiserated the Horse.