There is this fellow, as the story goes, that had been lost and walking in the NJ Pine Barrens for about 10 days. (It could be true, the Pinelands of NJ is more than one million acres and very confusing once you get in there!)
Finally he sees the home of a religious 'Piney'.
Tired and weak, he crawls up to the house and collapses on the doorstep. The 'Piney' finds him and nurses him back to health.
Feeling better, the man asks the 'Piney' for directions to the nearest town and on his way out the back door, he sees a horse.
He goes back into the house and asks the religious 'Piney', "Could I borrow your horse and give it back when I reach the town?"
"Sure but there is a special thing about this horse. You have to say 'Thank God' to make it go and 'Amen' to make it stop," the religious man says.
Not paying much attention, the man says, "Sure, ok."
So he gets on the horse and says, "Thank God," and the horse starts walking.
Then he says, "Thank God, thank God," and the horse starts trotting.
Than man was feeling brave, so he said, "Thank God, thank God, thank God, thank God, thank God" and the horse just took off.
Pretty soon he sees this cliff coming up and he's doing everything he can to make the horse stop.
"Whoa, stop, hold up!!!!"
Finally he remembers and shouts, "Amen!!"
The horse stops 4 inches from the cliff.
Then the man leans back in the saddle and says, "Thank God."
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You'll know this is a Tall Tale, there are no cliff of any kind in the NJ Pinelands!