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