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The young male racehorse came from a long line of winners and did wonderfully in time trials.
However, in actual races, he proved a little too romantic, and could never quite bring himself to pass a mare.
So one day the trainer went to him and told him he’d have to be castrated.
The young horse, knowing that it was either this or the glue factory, took it philosophically.
After all, having the operation was almost a certain guarantee of a long and illustrious racing career.
After a short recovery period, the horse was again run in time trials and found to do as well as ever.
But the first time he actually ran in a race, he only went about ten paces, before getting a dejected look on his face, turning around, and ambling back to the starting gates.
“What’s the matter?” asked the trainer,
“you were doing great!”
“Yeah, well how would you feel” replied the horse,
“if five thousand people took one look at you and shouted ‘they’re off!’?”