E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Horse (in Christian art).
Emblem of courage and generosity. The attribute of St. Martin, St. Maurice, St. George, and St. Victor, all of whom are represented on horseback. St. Léon is represented on horseback, in pontifical robes, blessing the people.
Brazen horse. (See CAMBUSCAN;see also BARBED STEED, DOBBIN.)
§ Flesh-eating horses. The horses of Diomed, Tyrant of Thrace (not Diomede, son of Tydeus); he fed his horses on the strangers who visited his kingdom. Herculs vanquished the tyrant, and gave the carcase to the horses to eat.