You can see the gleam of its hooves, as I once saw in a perfectly preened and prepared pedigree horse whose hooves had been polished with oil.  But its hoof-gleam is the least of it, this glorious creature speaks, having had a voice put in him by the preeminent goddess Hera:

‘Then from beneath the yoke the gleam-footed horse answered him …

“We shall keep you safe for this time, o hard Achilleus.”‘

See a hoof-related simile from Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter. 

Source: Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1961 (1951)), book XIX, p. 403


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