Kelpies

  • “Aughiska [water-horses]… were once common and used to come out of the water… and gallop along the sands or over the fields, and if people could get them away from the fields and saddle and bridle them, they would make the finest horses. But they must be ridden inland, for if they got so much as a glimpse of salt water they would gallop headlong away, carrying their riders with them, bear them deep into the sea and there devour them.” An Encyclopedia of Fairies, 13
  • “Each Uisge, the Highland water-horse, is perhaps the fiercest and most dangerous of all the water-horses… it differs from the Kelpie in haunting the sea and lochs, while the Kelpie belongs to running water. It seems also to transform itself more readily. Its most usual form is that of a sleek and handsome horse, which almost offers itself to be ridden, but if anyone is so rash as to mount it, he is carried at headlong speed into the lake and devoured.” An Encyclopedia of Fairies, 115
  • In one story, thirteen men (travelers) are celebrating together, and wish that they had women to dance with. As they voice the wish, thirteen beautiful ladies step in, and they all start dancing–except the piper, who noticed that the girls all had hooves instead of feet. He tricked his partner into letting him step outside, jumped on the back of a horse, and ran away. When he later returned, he could find nothing but the entrails of his companions. The Celtic Magazine, Tales of the Water Kelpie, 33¬†¬†https://archive.org/stream/celticmagazinemo12inveuoft#page/510/mode/2up
  • In another, some children are playing by a lake when a beautiful horse came out of the water. All the children jumped on its back but one, who had no interest in riding it and simply put his finger on its coat. When he realized that he could not take it away, he whipped out a knife and cut it off–just before the horse plunged back into the lake, taking the rest of the children with it. When adults returned to the lake to search for the children, they (once again) found only entrails. The Celtic Magazine, Tales of the Water Kelpie, 32