The Horse, Hunter, and Stag

: Aesop's Fables

A quarrel had arisen between the Horse and the Stag, so the

Horse came to a Hunter to ask his help to take revenge on the

Stag. The Hunter agreed, but said: "If you desire to conquer the

Stag, you must permit me to place this piece of iron between your

jaws, so that I may guide you with these reins, and allow this

saddle to be placed upon your back so that I may keep steady upon

you as we follow after the enemy." The Horse agreed to the

conditions, and the Hunter soon saddled and bridled him. Then

with the aid of the Hunter the Horse soon overcame the Stag, and

said to the Hunter: "Now, get off, and remove those things from my

mouth and back."

"Not so fast, friend," said the Hunter. "I have now got you

under bit and spur, and prefer to keep you as you are at present."

If you allow men to use you for your own purposes,

they will use you for theirs.