In Celtic mythology, the kelpie is described as a strong and powerful horse. It serves the court of the sea god as a mount, draught animal and beast of burden. Its coat is originally black, in some stories also white, and it usually appears as a stray pony, but can often be recognised by its dripping mane or by the blue sheen next to the actual colour of its coat. The skin resembles that of a seal, soft and cold as death when touched. Kelpies are reported to transform into beautiful women to lure men into their trap. They create illusions as shape-shifters to keep themselves hidden. You can only see their eyes above the surface of the water.