Al-Kāfi - Volume 6 > The Relation between a Stumper and the Rider
Hadith #3

عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ زِيَادٍ وَ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ جَمِيعاً عَنْ بَكْرِ بْنِ صَالِحٍ عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ الْجَعْفَرِيِّ عَنْ أَبِي الْحَسَنِ ( عليه السلام ) قَالَ سَمِعْتُهُ يَقُولُ أَهْدَى أَمِيرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ( عليه السلام ) إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) أَرْبَعَةَ أَفْرَاسٍ مِنَ الْيَمَنِ فَقَالَ سَمِّهَا لِي فَقَالَ هِيَ أَلْوَانٌ مُخْتَلِفَةٌ قَالَ فَفِيهَا وَضَحٌ فَقَالَ نَعَمْ فِيهَا أَشْقَرُ بِهِ وَضَحٌ قَالَ فَأَمْسِكْهُ عَلَيَّقَالَ وَ فِيهَا كُمَيْتَانِ أَوْضَحَانِ فَقَالَ أَعْطِهِمَا ابْنَيْكَ قَالَ وَ الرَّابِعُ أَدْهَمُ بَهِيمٌ قَالَ بِعْهُ وَ اسْتَخْلِفْ بِهِ نَفَقَةً لِعِيَالِكَ إِنَّمَا يُمْنُ الْخَيْلِ فِي ذَوَاتِ الْأَوْضَاحِقَالَ وَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا الْحَسَنِ ( عليه السلام ) يَقُولُ كَرِهْنَا الْبَهِيمَ مِنَ الدَّوَابِّ كُلِّهَا إِلَّا الْحِمَارَ وَ الْبَغْلَ وَ كَرِهْتُ شِيَةَ الْأَوْضَاحِ فِي الْحِمَارِ وَ الْبَغْلِ الْأَلْوَنِ وَ كَرِهْتُ الْقُرْحَ فِي الْبَغْلِ إِلَّا أَنْ يَكُونَ بِهِ غُرَّةٌ سَائِلَةٌ وَ لَا أَشْتَهِيهَا عَلَى حَالٍ .

3. A number of our people have narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad and Ahmad ibn Muhammad all from ibn Bukayr ibn Salih from Sulayman al-Ja‘fariy who has said the following: “I once heard abu al-Hassan, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, saying, ‘’Amir al-Mu’minin, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, sent as present to the Messenger of Allah, O Allah, grant compensation to Muhammad and his family worthy of their services to Your cause. It comprised of four horses from Yemen. He (the Messenger of Allah) asked, ‘Describe them for me.’ He (the Imam) said, ‘They are of different colors.’ He (the Messenger of Allah) asked, ‘Has anyone of them bright spots?’ He (the Imam) replied, ‘There is a blond more toward redness among them which has bright spots on it.’ He (the Messenger of Allah) said, ‘Keep it for me.’ He (the Imam) said there are two blonds more toward yellowness which have bright spots on them.’ He (the Messenger of Allah) said, ‘Give these to your sons.’ He (the Imam) said, ‘The fourth one is of one color all over without spots on it.’ He (the Messenger of Allah) said, ‘Sell it for the expenses of your family. The good fortune in horses is in those with bright spots on them.’ I heard abu al-Hassan, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, saying, ‘We dislike all animals of one color, all over except donkeys and mules; and I dislike bright-hooved donkeys and mules of many colors. I dislike a white spot on the forehead of a mule unless it has expanded, however, I do not have the desires for it with such condition.’”