Posted by Louise on May 05, 2000
This was mentioned in the Nightmare subject and I thought you might be interested to know that I have heard Hag ridden used in reference to horses.
It was an old fashioned term used to describe a horse that had got into a sweat in its stable overnight, eg "That horse has been hag ridden"
Implying that witches or fairies had been hammering it about during the night causing exhaustion.
These days if it happens at all, its attributed to the horse not being cooled off properly or fed too soon after exercise.
I guess the witches have moved on to cars.