Monday, September 24, 2012

Types of fictional horses

  • Talking horses - Mr Ed being one and Xanthus, an immortal horse with the power of speech, is another
  • Unicorns
  • Cartazonon - an orange horse with a lionish mane and a single horn growing from its forehead
  • Pegasii
  • Immortal horses - ridden by various gods
  • Horses as appearances of gods and goddesses
  • Ceffyl-Dwr - a flying water horse related to fairies
  • Hippogriff - it has the head and front legs of an eagle while the rest of its body is that of a horse
  • Fire breathing horses - typically warhorses or horses related to the underworld
  • Fire horses - are either made up of fire or can control fire
  • Demon horses or mules
  • Ichthyocentaur - has the upper body of a human, the forelegs of a horse or lion and the tail of a dolphin
  • Seahorses - they are often linked to land bound horses in fiction and mythology despite the lack of relation.
  • Kelpie - Celtic mythological water horses
  • Noggle - a small grey Celtic horse with supernatural powers
  • Human eating horses named Mares of Diomedes as well as the Karkadann, which is a carnivorous unicorn
  • Odin's eight legged horse
  • The Trojan Horse - horse shaped at least
  • Nix - a shapeshifter that can appear as a human, horse, snake, fish or mermaid and who is either gentle and sexy or a murderous temptress
  • Centaurs or Sileni - horse from the shoulders/waist down, human from the waist/shoulders up.
  • Ipotanes - a being resembling a human with the ears, tail and legs of a horse
  • Golden horses - gold hair and hooves: namely Miramis from Astrid Lindgren's Mio, my Mio
  • Each Uisge - a water horse that feeds on human flesh
  • The intelligent and cultured Houyhnhnms - a race of horses in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels
  • Mutant horses - the "great horses" affected by radiation fallout in John Wyndham's The Chrysalids
  • Horses made of wind or storms - Riders on the Storm riders ride these horses
  • Horses with winged hooves - related to pegasii
  • Companions - human spirits reincarnated in the form of white horses in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series. Reincarnation as a horse also happens to Oliver Hardy in Flying Deuces.
  • Skeleton horses - related to demon horses as they belong to the world of the dead
  • Concorde - technically a page banging coconuts in Monty Python and the Holy Grail but why not add him here
  • Unipeg - a winged horse with a single spiral horn growing from its forehead. Combine the names unicorn and pegasus and you get unipeg.
  • Phooka - a pitch black horse with glowing red eyes. It can also take on the shape of a dog or giant bird.
  • Hippocampus - it has an upper body that resembles a horse and a dolphin-like lower body

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