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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

Robotic Horse  
  A robot that is specifically designed to closely resemble a horse.  

There are several examples to be found in science fiction and fantasy. You can also see the horse named Black in Roger Zelazny's stories about Dilvish the Damned.

FESS (the name of the horse mentioned in the following quote) had one charming idiosyncrasy; a faulty capacitor would blow just at the most exciting (dangerous) moments.

The horse swung out on the crane, was lowered till its hooves touched the ground. Rod twisted the saddlehorn, and a panel in the horse's side slid open.

Rod placed the brain inside the panel, tightened the clamp and the connections, then twisted the saddlehorn back; the panel slid shut. Slowly the horse raised its head, wiggled its ears, blinked twice, gave a tentative whinny.

From The Warlock in Spite of Himself, by Christopher Stasheff.
Published by Bantam Books in 1969
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In the Zelazny work mentioned above, Black is a metallic horse; that is, he is a demon who manifests as a horse made of metal (as opposed to being a robotic horse - hey, it's a fantasy, you can do what you want).

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