The Rooster among the Horses

There was a rooster who thought very highly of himself. He ruled the whole barnyard, but during the winter he thought it might be nice to nestle in the warm straw in the stables, together with the horses.
So the rooster strutted into the stables and settled down for a nap. When the horses came in later, though, they stamped up and down with their large hooves, making the rooster fear for his life.
"See here!" he squawked at the horses. "If you promise not to tread upon me, I promise not to tread upon you!"

Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 439.
Notes: This fable is not part of the classical Aesop tradition.

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