What happens in "The Rain Horse" (obvious meaning)

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The story is a chronological account of a man distracted from a nostalgic visit to the countryside by a demoniacal horse - which may be real, or a manifestation of the storm. 

The young man dreamily returns to his childhood surroundings  – a quest which he quickly regrets as the weather and the landscape are unwelcoming:

He had come too far

The young man is dressed in a suit. He has not thought out his journey. He becomes aware of the impending rain:

...and now there was a raw, flapping wetness in the air that would be downpour again at any minute.

The rain storm bursts forth and the man looks for shelter. His attention is caught by a fearful black horse. The man retreats to a wooded area convinced that the horse is demonic, or vengeful, and is targetting him.

The horse lunges at the young man as he emerges from the wood.

Like lightning his legs bounded him upright and about face. The horse was almost on top of him, its head stretching forwards, ears flattened and lips lifted back from the long yellow teeth.

 The young man fights back with stones to drive ithe wild horse away. He distracts the horse and escapes through the farm gate.

The young man considers his strange experience from the solitude of a farm building.

The ordeal with the horse had already sunk from reality. It hung under the surface of his mind, an obscure confusion of fright and shame,