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Author: Aesop

Translated into English
  by George Fyler Townsend - 1867

Source: Aesop's Fables (nr. 040)

Based on Ἴππος καὶ ἱπποκόμος

Country of origin: Greece

Story type: The groom teaches his horse to live without food (ATU 1682)


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The Horse and Groom

Aesop / George Fyler Townsend

A GROOM used to spend whole days in currycombing and rubbing down his Horse, but at the same time stole his oats and sold them for his own profit. "Alas!" said the Horse, "if you really wish me to be in good condition, you should groom me less, and feed me more."