Horses in Russian folk tales are magical beings, too, at least the horses the hero and his/her antagonist use. Other people of note, in folk tales, use “unridden horses,” as the tales say, which I have translated as “green-broke” for ease of reading.

When the actual hero looks for a horse, those that can be found in the stables never suit him. He always needs the wildest, fastest horse, and that horse puts him to the test as much as the hero puts the horse to the test.

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