“I think one who knows how to govern the empire should not do so”
– Chuang Tzu, c.300-400BC-
Horses have hoofs to carry them over frost and snow; hair, to protect them from wind and cold. They eat grass and drink water, and fling up their heels over the praries. Such is the real nature of horses. Palatial dwellings are of no use to them.
One day Poh Loh appeared saying, “I understand the management of horses”.
So he branded them, and clipped them, and paired their hoofs, and put halters on them, tying up their heads and shackling their feet, and keeping them in stables, with the result that two or three in every ten died. Then he kept the hungry and thristy, trotting them and galloping them, and grooming them and trimming them, with the misery of tasselled bridle before, and the fear of the knotted…
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