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Date: Thu, 12 May 1994 12:12:13 GMT
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Subject: Re: The Celtic Horse?
Not too long ago I read a story--children's fiction, I'm pretty sure--
about a girl's grandfather who was a horse whisperer and caused her evil brother
-in-law's death by telling a placid horse to bolt. It was a skill
supposedly conveyed by the fairies, and was inheritable. Unfortunately
I cannot remember the title or author of the story. You can post this
to the list if you want people to search; I didn't realize I was sending
directly to you until the "reply" address!
Otherwise, the only legends I've heard on Celtic horses were the demon
"water-horses" that appear to be regular and desirable animals, and then
fix a rider to their backs, run into a lake and drown them. That's Scottish,
I'm pretty sure. There is the Irish goddess Epona, the horse goddess. There
is also the story about the cause of "the pangs of Ulster", where a woman
ran a race against a horse and I believe, won, and punished the onlookers
with birth-pangs. The onlookers and jeerers were men.