King's Trick

King's Trick


When I was in my teens, I had a pony named 'King' whom I thought was very smart.

One day, the owner of the paddock I rented cut down a big tree leaving only a large stump, so I thought I would teach King to put his front legs on it and stand there as a trick. But no matter what I did, he would not do it. I tried apples and carrots and even some hay, but he still did not even try to do the trick. So, I went home very disappointed in him.

The next day, when I went down to feed him, there he was with his front legs on the stump and a look in his eyes that said,"Is this what you wanted? See, I can do it on my own". 
He really was a smart pony and I will always remember the gleam in his eye. He had outsmarted me, and he did so again many times.

Thanks for the laughs, King. I miss you.


True story by Ngaire Poole of New Zealand



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