My short story for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers FFfAW:
When Horses Come Home…
The way he had spent his whole life with horses, it was no surprise that the smart animals understood him more than humans did.
Jackie was little when his father passed away leaving the horse ranch to him. He loved his family of horses. He looked after them, fed them well, cuddled them. They too did all the hard work they were supposed to do.
As they all came home, each night he would sing lullabies to them. Not exactly singing but secret words and voice tone that could only be deciphered by his neighing horses. As he sang, most of them would begin to relax and retire. But every second day, at least one or two hyper-active colts would throw up tantrum snorts and refuse to sleep.
What Jackie did then, was similar to what he, as a single father, did to his own children. Simple set of rules:
Dole out extra love while also ruling out hunger, pain or other reason for the colt’s misbehavior.
If coercing doesn’t bring about the required response, then better ignore the brats. Left alone, usually they go off to sleep in no time.
After all, good manners don’t come by easy.
© 2015 Alka Girdhar