But not quite...
i seemed to recall that it was a long poem with a traveler that journeyed long and hard,
Then stopped at a lodge to visit a friend, and left his horse outside;
After some time;
The snow had begun to fall,
and the last line described the horse's situation...
So i finally went to the trouble
( typing up a line into a search engine )
of looking for this epic poem
and discovered that it was substantially shorter than i recalled it...!!!
in both stirrups.