The Elephant 'n the mouse..

Mr. Cisco ~ crazyhorseladycx all rights reserved
United States
July 7, 2016 9:24am CST
Ok, I'll confess - it t'was the stallion and a horny toad. The hubs let the big fella out, weeds abound in what 'twas once a nice, lush pasture of native grasses: buffalo, blue gramma, black gramma, etc. I worked many hours fer years to keep my lil pasture that way. Prolonged health hiccups, drought and mismanagement have left it in a frightful mess. Mr. Cisco was wanderin' 'bout, nibblin' his way to find the ultimate buffet, that tasty grass 'neath the weeds. All of a sudden he reared up, snorted to where my hair stood'n end. Spun 'round 'n hauled butt like the Devil himself'd shown his ugly face! That wonderful "flight when frightened" mode that horses have. The hubs, thinkin' it t'was a snake, grabs a hoe and heads off to find this culprit (the hoe not meant to kill unless it was a rattlesnake, the man was in shorts 'n sandals lol) who'd terrified a proud mustang stud. Only to find a more horrifyin' thing - a horny toad. Yepperz, a tiny 1 1/2" long horny toad frightened my faithful 1,000 lb. mustang stallion! Thus the elephant and the mouse...
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@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
7 Jul 16
lol Oh that is so funny.
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• United States
11 Jul 16
glad'ja found humor'n such, ms. mary :)
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@Marcyaz (35606)
• United States
11 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx Not really funny but you know what I meant...
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@BelleStarr (39654)
• United States
7 Jul 16
lol I have to admit my dogs get a little spooked when they see a toad in their enclosure. I am always afraid they will eat them!!
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@rebelann (42764)
• El Paso, Texas
10 Jul 16
Yep, they can look mighty fearsome if ya've never seen one before, course the horse probly figured it was gonna chase em.
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• United States
11 Jul 16
i dunno if'n this'un might've spit'n him? that would'a freaked me out fer certain bein' a far-sighted horse :)
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@rebelann (42764)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Jul 16
That could be @crazyhorseladycx they get spooked too sometimes n horses are mighty big.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
10 Jul 16
How funny! I bet that was a sight to see. Horses can really spook easily, can't they?
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx It was funny he was scared of the toad but not funny that he was so scared. He could have hurt himself.
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• United States
12 Jul 16
@simone10 yes ma'am, he truly could've. thankfully nobody got injured 'n all calmed down :)
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
13 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx Yes, it is good that he wasn't hurt. Hopefully the next time he sees a toad, he won't freak out like that.
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• Preston, England
12 Jul 16
Must have been quite a sight seeing a horse quivering like Shaggy and Scooby
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• United States
12 Jul 16
indeed! 's i hope ya can tell from the pic, he's a purty sturdy lookin' fella 'n normally not bothered by much. i'm jest so thankful he t'weren't snake bit 'r injured himself with his 'great escape' from that wee monster.
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• Preston, England
12 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx glad you were able to catch him ok
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• United States
12 Jul 16
@arthurchappell me's well, hon. he was purty rattled, poor dear.
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@velvet53 (17390)
• Palisade, Colorado
26 Jul 16
OMG that is funny!
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• United States
26 Jul 16
'twas horrifyin' 't the moment, thinkin' he might'a been bitten by a rattler - but findin' that horned toad to be the culprit'n that big fella alright, though still tremblin' 'twas purty danged comical :)
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@velvet53 (17390)
• Palisade, Colorado
26 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx I bet it was especially being such a size difference.
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• United States
12 Jul 16
Awww, poor Mr. Cisco, I'm sure that toad was scary. I am not afraid of these creatures, but when they pop up out of nowhere, it is startling.
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• United States
12 Jul 16
don't help much that horses can't see well up close :) i'm purty certain that the big fella startled the horned toad'n 't prolly spit't him..they're prone to doin' jest that.
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@OreoBrownie (3638)
• Elberton, Georgia
12 Jul 16
The horse was afraid of the honey toad. Elephants are afraid of mice, so the saying goes.
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• United States
12 Jul 16
yes ma'am, 't startled him somehow from down'n the weeds/grass. that's why i titled this's such :) 'n relations to those great cartoons we've seen where the elephant cowers from the wee mouse, lol.
@lilnana1111 (2337)
• United States
11 Jul 16
Lol, that's funny, but to the horses defence, horney toads can be ugly and scary looking :)
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• United States
11 Jul 16
indeed they can 'n i'll also come to my sweet boys defense. horses can't see well'p close :)
@sol_cee (17303)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
11 Jul 16
hahaha I can imagine Mr. Cisco's face! lol
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• United States
11 Jul 16
i felt so sorry fer the big fella! particularly when the hubs found what startled him so. sadly i didn't get to see his facial reaction, jest a leap'n the air 'n him runnin' the other direction.
@allknowing (69298)
• India
11 Jul 16
This reminds me of the story in the Bible David and Goliath (lol)
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• United States
11 Jul 16
indeed :)
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@bunnybon7 (37399)
• Holiday, Florida
11 Jul 16
thats so funny i love your beautiful horse. what a doll
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• United States
11 Jul 16
he's such a sweet 'n mild tempered fella, normally mr. calm, cool'n collected. don't tell the other horses, but he's the deepest'n my heart.
@Susan2015 (21673)
• United States
10 Jul 16
Oh, your poor horse. Sometimes they do get spooked!
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• United States
11 Jul 16
yes ma'am, i felt quite bad fer the big fella. 'tis always amazin' 't what'll startle 'em.
• Eugene, Oregon
9 Jul 16
What a great story! Did he run far or only to be closer for protection?
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• United States
11 Jul 16
thanks :D he ran to the other end'f the pasture, 'way from us, the barn 'n all. he'd prolly kept runnin' if'n 't t'weren't fer the fence, poor dear. he's usually most calm, so was a bit unsettlin' 'til the hubs found the 'source' 'n i'd a chance to check him out to make certain he'd not been bitten by a rattler.
@JudyEv (134434)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jul 16
Well, he probably came close to eating it!
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• United States
11 Jul 16
that's a possibility, bless his heart. 'r jest frightened the wee creature when he attempted to snack'n some grasses buried 'nder the weeds :)
@Lucky15 (33700)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
Poor.horsie..frightened by a toad ;(
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• United States
11 Jul 16
i know, huh? poor gentle giant, though i'd the need to laugh't him when i found what'd spooked him so :)
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@norcal (3214)
• Nevada City, California
7 Jul 16
I'm glad it wasn't a rattle snake that spooked Mr. Cisco.
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• United States
11 Jul 16
oh me's well, hon. the cats/fox/skunk tend to keep those out further'n the wilds. i'd feared though that he might've been bitten, which's spendy't best to treat'n not always successful.
@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
That was fun! You big horse, Mr. Cisco, got frightened with that small toad! But it could be poisonous and your horse knows it!
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
7 Jul 16
Lol - I know that 'flight when frightened' thing so well! Horses often panic at the smallest thing, as you have so aptly illustrated here.
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• United States
11 Jul 16
i'm sure ya do, ms. @jaboUK ! 'tis always humorous (mostly 'fter the fact..) to what'll set'em off, eh? i'd a horse that'd freak o'er a tiny yellow flag indicatin' a pathway'n a trail - yet a covey'f quail could fly from the brush'n hit him straight'n the chest 'n he ne'er lost stride, lol.
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@horsesrule (1960)
• United States
3 Aug 17
I like your story. Yep, horses are scared of some amazing small things. LOL