If you've ever seen a horse
simply tip-toeing around,
carefully trotting
and yet making little sound,
then it was probably Horace,
a horse who had no shoes,
trotting here and there
with lots of ouch's and oo's!

He tried to keep up
with his friends on parade
as a tip-toeing horse,
what a spectacle he made.
When they stood to attention
in their nice neat lines,
Horace would sneak in
and hide far behind.

He was asked, one day,
“Why do you have bare feet,
would horse shoes not be better,
especially in this heat?”
He said, “You may be right
but I am really in a pickle
for I have such sensitive feet
and I can't bear to be tickled!”

“How about we hypnotize you
till you're feeling drowsy,
then you wouldn't feel a thing
and wouldn’t that be cozy?”
“Shall we give it a try”, they asked,
“and see how well it works,
surely it'll be better for you
than nasty mocking looks?”

So the doctor said, “You're feeling sleepy;
one, two, three
and when I count to six,
you will be fast asleep, you’ll see”.
What a surprise, he closed his eyes
and Horace had a snooze,
the blacksmith got to work
and gave him shiny new shoes.

When Horace woke back up
and started walking about,
he gave a rather startled
and quite almighty shout.
No longer on his tip-toes
but boldly on the trot,
his feet were making loud
and proud, clip clippety-clops.

He ran around the courtyard
and cried, “YIPPEE!” and more,
he clippety-clopped out to the parade
and the crowd gave a mighty roar.
He marched right up to the front of the line
and proudly tapped his feet,
so they made a space and he stood in line,
now proudly ready to greet.

The Queen appeared and walked the line
in her sparkling jeweled crown,
until she came to Horace where she stopped
and looked up and down.
“What nice shiny shoes you have”
and she rubbed him on his shoulders
and from that day he proudly carried
The Queen as she rode with her soldiers!


Written by Darren Scanlon, 16th April 2014.
Revised 2nd September 2015.
Artwork by Angie Caira.
©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. says:

    So important.

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  2. says:


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    1. Thanks. I like to let the child out to play once in a while.

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