Heard Horses


Photo credit: digicia

Barsi whistled at the horses in the winter-white field.  Twitching an ear, one turned home, leading the others.

His master marveled at how “his” horses liked Barsi more, but why wouldn’t they?  Who brushed the snow from their backs, warmed their skinny legs? Who combed the snarls from their manes and the burrs from their flanks? Who prayed for them every day, calling them by their true names?

The first horse stopped, snorting, “Sweet-thing?”

Barsi held out a carrot. “Yes, Hears-a-Bird, your favorite.”

She nuzzled her thanks, ambling in.

See, horses are like anyone else.  You just have to listen.

Word count: 100.  Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers challenge.  Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting, and for providing this week’s original photo prompt, below.  Click here to read the other stories written for this prompt.

And stay warm out there, my friends!


Photo © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


36 thoughts on “Heard Horses

    • I enjoy those stories too. I like the idea that if I just prayed to the gods of the beasts long enough, they would give me that power too. And yes, Barsi’s master may _own_ the horses, but they are Barsi’s companions and supporters. 😉 Thanks for commenting Gabi!

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    • I talk to my cat all the time, and she talks back. Now, whether I’m actually guessing correctly at what she’s saying — that’s a different question! Glad you found it sweet, thanks for commenting!


    • Thanks Dawn, so glad you thought so! For the photos, I really liked the original that Rochelle provided; it was very evocative. If I can’t use the original one because of modern elements, I try to find a free photo online that is as close to the gist of the original as possible — and sometimes I luck out and find one that’s really aesthetically pleasing too. Gotta love Flickr and CC0 licensing!

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