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In fact Odin-worship survived well into the 1500s in Dalarna (Dalecarlia) and Småland (Smalandia) where they worshiped a horse known as a valgud which means warrior god, which is also an old name for the Allfather (which was also the god of war) the horse thing is clearly Sleipner, Odin's eight-legged horse. Few people of the time propably knew of the link to the old pagan god but it is understandable as the common folk had Little to no understanding of the old beliefs godly World.
Dalarna today is still known for their small decorated wooden horses (Dalahäst/dala horse) which is a last remnant of the old Odin worship still alive today.
Horses has in general been considered very holy in various indo-euorpean Cultures. It has ancient roots which probably goes back to the proto-aryan Lifestyle on the eastern-european steppes.