Frank Johnson was strolling through the Sussex countryside one day, when he saw a stable with the most beautiful horse that he had ever laid eyes on.
It was a stallion, fully seventeen hands high and pure white, with rippling muscles and a fine, flowing mane.
Frank Johnson struck a deal to buy it from the owner, who did, however, pass on one key piece of information.
“We are a religious family, Mr.Johnson”, the owner said, “and we have instilled those values in our horse”.
The horse owner continued…
“To get him to gallop, you must say ‘Thanks God’, and to get him to stop you must say ‘Our Father Who Art in Heaven”.
Settling into the saddle, Frank Johnson said to the horse, “Thanks God”, and the animal took off down the country lane.
They rode for miles, and Frank was feeling over the moon, until suddenly he realised that they were coming up to a cliff.
Unfortunately, in his panic, Frank couldn’t remember the phrase to make the animal stop, and tried every Biblical passage he could think of, until just a few feet from the edge of the cliff, he shouted, “Our Father Who Art in Heaven!”
The horse stopped instantly.
Shaking and perspiring, Frank reached into his pocket and pulled out a handkerchief.
“Thanks God”, he said, as he mopped his brow…
Image used under a Collective Commons License from: https://www.maxpixel.net/White-Horse-Animal-Mammal-Roan-Horse-Equine-3334716