This is a little story about the importance of following orders. Once a champion jockey was about to enter an important race on a new horse. The horse’s trainer meets him before the race and said, “All you have to remember with this horse is that every time you approach a jump, you have to shout, ‘ALLLLEEE OOOP!’ really loudly in the horse’s ear. Do that, and you’ll be fine.”
The jockey thought the trainer was mad, but promised to shout the command. The race began and they approached the first hurdle. The jockey ignored the trainer’s ridiculous advice, and the horse crashed straight through the center of the jump.
They carried on and approached the second hurdle. The jockey, a little embarrassed, whispered, “Aleeee ooop” in the horse’s ear. Again, the horse crashed straight through the center of the jump.
At the third hurdle, the jockey yelled, ”ALLLEEE OOOP!” really loud. Sure enough, the horse sailed over the jump with no problem. The jockey continued yelling it for the rest of the race, but, due to the earlier problems, the horse only finished third.
The waiting trainer was furious. He asked the jockey what the heck went wrong. The jockey replied, ”Nothing was wrong with me, it was this bloody horse. What is he, deaf or something?”
The trainer said, ”Deaf?? DEAF?? No, he’s not deaf you idiot, he’s BLIND!”