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Flies if he has feathers

And swims if he has a sea

Smokes if he has iron

Then, abstract if he has a power

Who is he?

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  • $\begingroup$ Is a high riddle one you wrote when you were high? One that is higher quality? Neither of those seem to apply very well here... $\endgroup$ – NH. Jul 5 '18 at 18:43
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    $\begingroup$ @NH that's not a very nice from you to say that it is not a high quality riddle. :/ But hagfy was smart enough to see it as a clue ;) $\endgroup$ – guillau4 Jul 5 '18 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ lol, guess I'm the one that needs to get off my high <spoiler>... $\endgroup$ – NH. Jul 6 '18 at 15:29
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Of course, he's a

Horse

Flies if he has feathers

Horse feathers? That's just nonsense...
From @osdavison, our friend the Pegasus seems likely

And swims if he has a sea

Seahorse

Smokes if he has iron

Iron horse is a literary term for "steam locomotive"

Then, abstract if he has a power

Horsepower is a unit of measure, not a tangible thing

Also

Horses are FAST (first letter of each line)

Plus, from the title

Somebody acting superior might be told to get off their "high horse"

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  • $\begingroup$ Ah, got there just before me! I'd got it from "abstract if he has power" and filled in the rest. $\endgroup$ – Lio Elbammalf Jul 5 '18 at 14:35
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    $\begingroup$ @guillau4 I wouldn't say it was too easy, but then again I was the one to solve it, so maybe it was? =) I think there have been many discussions on finding the right balance of difficulty in riddles (there's even one right now: How can I avoid the “Riddle-maker's Dilemma?”) and it's hard to get that just right. I think yours was light on abstract/metaphorical side, and I felt the clues were well-crafted and led to a satisfying answer. $\endgroup$ – hagfy Jul 5 '18 at 19:43

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