Horse and his Rider
One of Æsop's fables, to show that nations crave the assistance
of others when they are aggrieved, but become the tools or slaves of
those who rendered them assistance. Thus the Celtic Britons asked aid
of the Saxons, and the Danish Duchies of the Germans, but in both cases
the rider made the horse a mere tool.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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