Horse and the Apple Tree - the Best Fable with Horses
Once there was a horse named Billy. He lived in a fine orchard which had many apple trees. In the spring when the apple trees bore fruit Billy had a lovely time reaching up and feasting on all the apples he wanted. Billy soon came to think of the apple tree as his property, and he jealously guarded the tree and let no other animal come near it. In the same orchard, there lived a family of raccoons. The raccoons loved apples, but they were too small to reach the branches of the tree bearing apples. Many times they begged the horse to share his apples with them as Billy usually had more apples than he could eat. But Billy, being high and mighty was not willing to share his apples as he thought they belonged to only him and that the tree was his own personal possession.
Now one day, the farmer decided that all the trees must be pruned. He and his men cut off all the lower branches of the tree until only the high up branches were left. Billy standing in one corner watched in dismay. He could hardly believe that his favorite fruit was going to be out of his reach from now on. Much saddened, Billy stood in one corner of the orchard ad grieved his loss. After some time, concerned by Billy`s forlorn attitude, the raccoons came up to Billy and asked him what the matter was.
Billy confided in them that he could no longer reach his precious apples and that the apples were forever out of his reach. The raccoons, though they hated Billy for his selfishness, were unable to see him in such misery and put their heads together to think of a plan which would get Billy his apples. After a lot of thought, baby raccoon noticed that the apples were on a branch that was just out of Billy`s reach. In a flash, an idea occurred to him. He said to Billy, “by yourself, you are not tall enough to get the apples, and by ourselves, we are too short of reaching them. But since both of us want the apples, there is a way to get the apples if we work together.” So saying baby raccoon told Billy of his plan.
The plan was that the papa raccoon would stand on Billy`s back, and all the other members of the raccoon family would stand on each other`s shoulders until they the one on top had the apples within his reach. Billy was pleased with the plan and positioned himself below the tree. The raccoons climbed on his back, and the baby raccoon was soon at a height where he could fetch all the apples he wanted. One by one, he plucked the apples and handed them down to Billy and Billy collected them in a basket. When they had a basketful of apples, the raccoons came down Billy`s back and the horse and the raccoon family together feasted on the delicious red apples.
For the first time, Billy learned the pleasure of sharing and realized that happiness increases on sharing rather than the other way round.
Horse and the Apple Tree
Horse and the Apple Tree - Once there was a horse named Billy. He lived in a fine orchard which had many apple trees. In the spring when the apple trees bore fruit Billy had a lovely time reaching up and feasting on all the apples he wanted