Choctaw Legend
The Tale Of The Wind Horse

At The Time When Day And Night Were Still Deciding Who Comes First
There Lived A Horse That Will Never Be Seen Again
The Horse Was Not One That Would Become As The Dying Buffalo
For This Horse Had No Enemies
The Reason That This Horse Would Not Be Seen Again Was Because Of Love

It Is A Story Told That Begins This Way

The Horse Was Called Wind Horse
He Was The Fastest And Gentlest Of All The Indian Ponies
He Felt No Fear
There Was Not One That Would Harm Him
If There Was An Indian Wounded Or That Needed A Ride
Wind Horse Was There To Care For And To Carry The Indian
Because Of The Kindness Of Wind Horse
Wind Horse Is No More

One Day As Wind Horse Was Feeling The Good Feeling From Being Free
He Heard A Cry For Help
He Ran To The Edge Of The Forest
He Saw An Indian Child Boy Caught In A Trap Meant For A Bear
The Boy's Foot Was Cut Off And The Boy Could Not Move
Wind Horse Went To The Side Of The Boy
As The Boy Leaned Against Him
He Bent Down To Let The Boy Get On His Back

The Boy Had No Name
He Could Not Believe That This Beautiful Horse Would Come To Him As A Friend
All Of His Life He Had Lived Alone
Because Of His Bad Leg Noone Wanted Him
As He Rode The Wind On The Horse He Could Feel His Power
He Could Feel The Good Feeling That Wind Horse Felt
It Was As If He Were Whole And That He Was With Family

Wind Horse Knew That The Wound That The Boy Had Was Not Good
He Knew That It Could Not Be Fixed Or Healed
He Was Taking The Boy To The Place Of The Indian Hunting Ground
This Place Was Where All Were Made Whole And Had No Fear Or Need

Wind Horse Felt Sadness
That One As Young As This Boy Had To Go To The Ground
But He Knew That It Would Be For The Best

As They Traveled On
The Boy Noticed That The Trail Was Always Changing
First It Was As It Was When The Boy Had Been Hurt
Then It Was As It Was When He Had Been Happy
Then It Was The Time When He Had Not Been Born
Soon He Saw Things That He Did Not Recognize
The Boy Became More Close To Wind Horse
For He Began To Fear

Wind Horse Had Seen The Times And Had Seen The Boy And His Life
He Had Felt The Feelings Of The Boy
Wind Horse Knew That If He Continued This Ride
He Would Not Be Free Any More
For The Feelings That The Boy Felt Were Now Becoming The Feelings Of Wind Horse
For Wind Horse Was The Last Of His Race
The Last Race Of Horses That Would Feel The Feelings Of The Rider

Should The Rider Remain On The Horse Of Wind
He Would Share The Fate Of The Rider
For Then A Bond Would Be Made That Would Not And Could Not Be Broken
Wind Horse Knew Of This Bond
As A Result, Always Put Off The Rider Before Any Bond Was Made
But This Time Wind Horse Knew This Would Be His Last Rider

As They Traveled The Boy Began To Talk To Wind Horse
Wind Horse Listened
He Listened To The Hopes Of The Boy
Someday He Would Run With The Leaves That Blew Across The Ground
He Listened As The Boy Wished For Someone To Care For And Love Him
Someone That Would Accept The Boy Who Had The Bad Leg

Wind Horse Listened
He Began To Feel The Love For The Boy
He Felt The Love That The Boy Had Wanted To Give To A Friend

"Yes"
Wind Horse Thought
"This Is My Last Ride"
"I Am The Last Of My Race"
"I Will Spend The Rest Of My Time With Him"
"The One That Can And Will Give The Feelings That I Need"

Wind Horse Turned His Head And Nuzzled The Boy's Head
He Began To Slow, For The End Of The Journey Was Near
The Boy Looked Up And Saw The Home Of Those Who Had Gone Before
He Realized That His Journey Was The Last One He Would Ever Make
He Began To Feel Fear

But As The Horse Stopped To Let The Boy Down
The Boy Realized That He Had Two Good Legs
That All Of His Wounds, Hunger, Need And Hurt Were Gone
The Horse Made No Move To Leave
The Boy Knew That The Horse Had Also Made His Last Journey

Wind Horse Had Never Brought His Riders To The Hunting Ground
So He Was Not Familiar With The Place
He Had A New World To Explore And He Had A Friend To Explore It With
Wind Horse And The Boy Walked Into Their New World

The Indian People Felt A Great Sadness
Even Though The People Could Not Know What Was Happening
The Feeling Of Great Loss And Unhappiness Was Felt All Around
Wind Horse Could Hear Their Cries Of Despair
He Knew That With The Passing Of Many Suns And Moons
That Soon They Would Forget Him And His Race

Wind Horse Had Made His Last Journey
He Would Miss All His Many Travels
He Would Miss All The Friends That He Had Made And Helped Along The Way
He Prayed To The Great Spirit
He Prayed For A Reminder To Be Sent To The Indian People
To Remind Them Of The Friendship That He And The Indian People Had Shared

And With Wind Horse's Prayer
The Horse Was Given To The Indian People As Friends




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