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Mar 7, 2015

Horse Quotes and Proverbs

Compiled by Debora Johnson

The following are some horse quotations that you might enjoy. I have listed them in alphabetical order by author, if known. If the author is unknown that will be noted. Proverbs will follow. This will be an ongoing project and I will add quotes as I find them. Please e-mail me any that you would like to add to this list. I will post them immediately. Enjoy.

Horse Quotations

Many people have sighed for the "good old days" and regretted the "passing of the horse." But today, when only those who like horses own them, it is a far better time for horses.
By C.W. Anderson

Heaven is high and earth wide. If you ride three feet higher above the ground than other men, you will know what that means.
By Rudolf C. Binding

Horses lend us the wings we lack.
By Pam Brown

You took me to adventure and to love. We two have shared great joy and great sorrow. And now I stand at the gate of the paddock watching you run in an ecstasy of freedom, knowing you will return to stand quietly, loyally, beside me.
By Pam Brown

A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.
By Pam Brown A horse can lend its rider the speed and strength he or she lacks - but the rider who is wise remembers it is no more then a loan.
By Pam Brown

If the world was truly a rational place, men would ride sidesaddle.
By Rita Mae Brown

One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.
By Dale Carnegie

A pony is a childhood dream. A horse is an adulthood treasure.
By Rebecca Carroll

When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.
By Winston Churchill

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.
By Winston Churchill

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
By Winston Churchill (President Ronald Reagan often quoted this)

Through the days of love and celebration and joy, and through the dark days of mourning--the faithful horse has been with us always.
By Elizabeth Cotton

If a Dog is man's best friend,
then the Horse is man's most loyal servant.
By Joseph V. DiBianca, Loudly They Speak

You and your horse. His strength and beauty. Your knowledge and patience and determination and understanding and love. That's what fuses the two of you onto this marvelous partnership that makes you wonder...What can heaven offer any better then what I have here on earth?
By Monica Dickens

A canter is a cure for every evil.
By Benjamin Disraeli

A horse which stops dead just before a jump and thus propels its rider into a graceful arc provides a splendid excuse for general merriment.
By Duke of Endinburgh

Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
By Ronald Duncan, "The Horse," 1954

The horse. Here is nobility without conceit, friendship without envy, beauty without vanity. A willing servant, yet never a slave.
By Ronald Duncan

It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!
By Nicholas Evans

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.
By W.C. Fields

For want of a Nail the Shoe was lost; for want of a Shoe the Horse was lost; and for want of a Horse the Rider was lost; being overtaken and slain by the Enemy, all for want of Care about a Horse-shoe Nail.
By Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, June 1758)

Even an E-type Jaguar looks merely flash beside a really smart pony and trap.
By Marion C. Garretty

"War Horse" There was no greater companion, then the horse of war
Through the many plains and fields of battle did he soar!
Not by sky, but by land
he charged forth to take a stand
When the great knights of old mounted the saddle
The war horses knew it was time for battle!
Through the wind, rain, moon, and sun
The war horse galloped on; until the battle was won
By Glaedr the poet

Ah, steeds, steeds, what steeds! Has the whirlwind a home in your manes? Is there a sensitive ear, alert as a flame, in your every fiber? Hearing the familiar song from above, all in one accord you strain your bronze chests and, hooves barely touching the ground, turn into straight lines cleaving the air, and all inspired by God it rushes on!
By Nikolai V. Gogol, Dead Souls, 1842, translated from Russian (Above is combination of translations by Bernard Guildert Guerney, Richard Peaver, and Larisa Voloklonsky)

To me, horses and freedom are synonymous.
By Veryl Goodnight

God forbid that I should go to any Heaven in which there are no horses.
By R.B. Cunninghame Graham (A letter to Theodore Roosevelt, 1917)

We have almost forgotten how strange a thing it is that so huge and powerful and intelligent an animal as a horse should allow another, and far more feeble animal, to ride upon its back.
By Peter Gray

Somewhere in time's own space, there must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow, some paradise where the horses go;
For, by the love that guides my pen, I know great horses live again.
by Stanley Harrison

I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh it was. My very heart leapt with the sound.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne "The Chimera" (A book about Pegasus)

The horse moved like a dancer, which is not surprising. A horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music.
By Mark Helprin, "A Winter's Tale"

The horses paw and prance and neigh,
Fillies and colts like kittens play,
And dance and toss their rippled manes
Shining and soft as silken skeins;...
By Oliver Wendell Holmes

For one to fly, one needs only to take the reins.
By Melissa James

Four things greater than all things are,
Women and Horses and Power and War.
By Rudyard Kipling, "The Ballad of the King's Jest"

The horse, through all its trials, has preserved the sweetness of paradise in its blood.
By Johannes Jensen

They say princes learn no art truly but the art of horsemanship. The reason is the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a prince as soon as his groom.
By Ben Jonson

There are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favorite places is on the back of my horse.
By Rolf Kopfle

It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required.
By Stephen Leacock

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.
By Sharon Ralls Lemon

A thousand horse and none to ride!
With flowing tail, and flying mane,
Wide nostrils never stretched by pain,
Mouths bloodless to the bit or rein,
And feet that iron never shod,
And flanks unscarred by spur or rod,
A thousand horse, the wild, the free,
Like waves that follow o'er the sea,
Came thickly thundering on,...
By Lord Byron, XVII, Mazeppa, 1818

My horse's feet are as swift as rolling thunder, he carries me away from all my fears,
And when the world threatens to fall asunder, his mane is there to wipe away my tears.
By Bonnie Lewis

When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine...you know you are loved.
By John Lyons

A lovely horse is always an experience.... It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words.
By Beryl Markham

No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.
By Herman Melville

In their eyes shine stars of wisdom and courage to guide men to the heavens.
By Jodie Mitchell

Wherever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoof print of a horse beside it.
By John Trotwood Moore

A Hibernian sage once wrote that there are three things a man never forgets: The girl of his early youth, a devoted teacher, and< a great horse.
By C.J. Mullen

We kept him until he died...and sat with him during the long last minutes when a horse comes closest to seeming human.
By C.J. Mullen

If your horse says "no," you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong.
By Pat Parelli

Small children are convinced that ponies deserve to see the inside of the house.
By Maya Patel

A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open.
By Gerald Raferty

In riding a horse, we borrow his freedom. Horses love freedom. The weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open.
By Gerald Raferty

I bless the hoss from hoof to head
From head to hoof, and tale to mane!
I bless the hoss, as I have said,
From head to hoof, and back again!
By James Whitcomb Riley

Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls. They give us hope!
By Toni Robinson

He has galloped through young girl's dreams, added richness to grown women's lives and served men in war and strife.
By Toni Robinson

When you're young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you're my age and you fall off, you splatter.
By Roy Rogers

There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing.
By Will Rogers

Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb.
By Will Rogers

The horse, with beauty unsurpassed, strength immeasurable and grace unlike any other, still remains humble enough to carry a man upon his back.
By Amber Senti

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
By William Shakespeare (Henry V)

His hooves pound the beat, your heart sings the song.
By Jerry Shulman

A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger then a man on foot.
By John Steinbeck

Horses are uncomfortable in the middle and dangerous at both ends.
By both Christopher Stone and Ian Fleming

There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.
By R.S. Surtees ("Chapter XXX: Bolting the Badger," Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, 1853)

Brahma was excessively sparing with earth, water, and fire.... The reckless expenditure of air and ether in his composition was amazing. And, in consequence, he perpetually struggled to outreach the wind, to outrun space itself. Other animals ran only when they had a reason, but the Horse would run for no reason whatever, as if to run out of his own skin.
By Rabindranath Tagore

Again the early-morning sun was generous with its warmth. All the sounds dear to a horseman were around me - the snort of the horses as they cleared their throats, the gentle swish of their tails, the tinkle of irons as we flung the saddles over their backs - little sounds of no importance, but they stay in the unconscious library of memory.
By Wynford Vaughan-Thomas

In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.
By Helen Thompson

I can always tell which is the front end of a horse, but beyond that, my art is not above the ordinary.
By Mark Twain

On the back of a horse you will find Paradise.
By Stella A. Walker

"The Grandest Horse" If I were a rider with desert to cross,
I would seek the Grandest Horse,
To carry me through the roughest terrain
The heat in the south, the freeze and the rain
Through drifts of white ice in treacherous passes,
Perilous cliffs and valley grasses
Through rattlesnake canyons and flooded gorge,
Gouged out mesa and tables of stone
To a land beyond the blues of heaven
To highest peaks of eternal existence
To the place of my Friend, my Savior and Lord
I'd ride up to heaven on the Grandest Horse
No bridle, no saddle
His Spirit,of course!
By Stanley Watson

What is a horse?
A horse waltzes like breeze over rivers.
She curvets and leaps like rain shivers.
A horse is a marionette.
By Lily Whittaker

And indeed, a horse who bears himself proudly is a thing of such beauty and astonishment that he attracts the eyes of all beholders. No one will tire of looking at him as long as he will display himself in his splendor.
By Xenophon

Author Unknown

To see the wind's power, the rain's cleansing and the sun's radiant life, one need only to look at the horse.
Author Unknown

Half the failures in life result from pulling in one's horse when it is leaping.
Author Unknown

I have seen things so beautiful they have brought tears to my eyes. Yet none of them can match the gracefulness and beauty of a horse running free.
Author Unknown

The way to heaven is on horseback.
Author Unknown

Nothing does as much for the insides of a man than the outsides of a horse.
Author Unknown

Virtue shall be bound into the hair of thy forelock. I have given thee the power of flight without wings.
Author Unknown

I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.
Author Unknown

All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day.
Unknown Author

To many, the words love, hope and dreams are synonymous with horses.
Author Unknown

All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.
Author Unknown

A true horseman does not look at the horse with his eyes, he looks at his horse with his heart.
Author Unknown

A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you.
Author Unknown

A large and liquid eye...the swirl of dust around pounding hooves...these, then, are the images that move us.
Author Unknown

One can get in a car and see what man has made. One must get on a horse to see what God has made.
Author Unknown

If you have seen nothing but the beauty of their markings and limbs, their true beauty is hidden from you.
Author Unknown

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
Author Unknown

To understand the soul of a horse is the closest human beings can come to knowing perfection.
Author Unknown

No heaven can heaven be, if my horse isn't there to welcome me.
Author Unknown

His is a power enhanced by pride, a courage heightened by challenge. His is a swiftness intensified by strength, a majesty magnified by grace. His is a timeless beauty touched with gentleness, a spirit that calls our hearts to dream. Author Unknown

Horse thou art truly a creature, for thou fliest without wings and conquorest without sword.
Author Unknown

Don't change horses in midstream.
Author Unknown

A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.
Author Unknown

The love for a horse is just as complicated as the love for another human being...if you never love a horse, you will never understand.
Author Unknown

A dog may be man's best friend...but the horse wrote history.
Author Unknown

Bread may feed my body, but my horse feeds my soul.
Author Unknown

Our hoof beats were many, but our hearts beat as one.
Author Unknown

Your horse's behavior always seems to depend on the number of people watching you.
Author Unknown

When a horse greets you with a nicker and regards you with a large and liquid eye, the question of where you want to be has been answered.
Author Unknown

At its finest, rider and horse are joined not by tack, but by trust. Each is totally reliant upon the other. Each is the selfless guardian of the other's very well-being.
Author Unknown

Ask me to show you poetry in motion and I will show you a horse.
Author Unknown

The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse.
Author Unknown

One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that it hears music inside its head.
Author Unknown

He knows when you're happy. He knows when your're comfortable. He knows when you're confident. And he always knows when you have carrots.
Author Unknown

The world is best viewed through the ears of a horse.
Author Unknown

Many a happy colt makes a fine horse.
Author Unknown

When the Almighty put hoofs on the wind and a bridle on the lightning, He called it a horse.
Author Unknown

If a horse stands on you its because your in the way.
Author Unknown

It is the difficult horses that have the most to give you.
Author Unknown

Of all creature God made at the Creation, there is none more excellent, or so much to be respected as a horse.
Author Unknown

A good horse is never a bad color.
Author Unknown

There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.
Author Unknown

To see a horse is to see an angel on earth.
Author Unknown

Don't put the cart before the horse.
Unknown Author

Canter does not mean Tally Ho!
Unknown Author

A dog looks up to a man. A cat looks down on a man. But a patient horse looks a man in the eye and sees him as an equal.
Author Unknown

Horse, thou art truly a creature without equal, for thou flies without wings and conquers without sword.
Author Unknown

There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something; even when you ain't a thing.
Author Unknown

Let a horse whisper in your ear and breathe on your heart. You will never regret it.
Author Unknown

Show me your horse and I will tell you what you are.
Author Unknown

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse.
Author Unknown

To ride on a horse is to fly without wings.
Author Unknown

The Horse. Man's noblest companion.
Author Unknown

Everyone lays a burden on the willing horse.
Author Unknown

Before I loved horses, I had nothing to live for. Now I love horses and can't stop seeing things to live for.
By Author Unknown

Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.
Author Unknown

One who believes that he has mastered the art of horsemanship has not yet begun to understand the horse.
Author Unknown

To ride a horse is to ride the sky.
Author Unknown

The horse is God's gift to man.
Author Unknown

Don't lock the stable door after the horse is stolen.
Author Unknown

Stay away from a horse long enough and you'll start tapping your fingers to the beat of a trot.
Author Unknown

A horse doesn't care how much you know until he knows how much you care.
Author Unknown

A horse in the wind--a perfect symphony.
Author Unknown

A horse is worth more than riches.
Author Unknown

In the steady gaze of the horse shines a silent eloquence that speaks of love and loyalty, strength and courage. It is the window that reveals to us how willing is his spirit, how generous his heart.
By Author Unknown

The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on. It is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible, the change is for the better.
Author Unknown

Every ass loves to hear himself bray.
Author Unknown

No horse goes as fast as the money you bet on him.
Author Unknown

The Horse: Here is nobility without conceit, friendship without envy, beauty without vanity, a willing servant, yet no slave.
Author Unknown

Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls- they give us hope!
Author Unknown

Horse sense is what keeps horses from betting on what people will do.
Author Unknown

Horses leave hoof prints on your heart.
Unknown Author

In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.
Author Unknown

It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall.
Author Unknown

I have spent most of my life riding horses-the rest I've just wasted.
Author Unknown

Don't be the rider who gallops at night and never sees the horse that is beneath him.
Author Unknown

The horse-the noblest, bravest, proudest, most courageous, and certainly the most perverse and infuriating animal that humans ever domesticated
Author Unknown

Care, and not fine stables, makes a good horse.
Author Unknown

Yet when all the books have been read and reread, it boils down to the horse, his human companion, and what goes on between them.
Author Unknown

Good horses make short miles.
Author Unknown

To ride a horse well, you have to know it as well as you know your best friend.
Author Unknown

There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; One is a sense of humor, and the other is patience.
Author Unknown

If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong.
Author Unknown

A man on a horse is spiritually as well as physically bigger than a man on foot.
Author Unknown

Riding is a complicated joy. You learn something each time. It is never quite the same, and you never know it all.
Author Unknown

We have almost forgotten how strange a thing it is that so huge and powerful and intelligent an animal as a horse should allow another, and far more feeble animal, to ride upon its back.
Author Unknown

No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.
Author Unknown

If wishes were horses-dreamers would ride.
Author Unknown

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
Author Unknown

It's better to want the horse you don't have than to have the horse you don't want.
Author Unknown

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world. ~Josephine Demott Robinson
Author Unknown

All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day.
Author Unknown

Look back at our struggle for freedom,
Trace our present day's strength to it's source;
And you'll find that man's pathway to glory
Is strewn with the bones of the horse.
Author Unknown

A Horseman should know neither fear, nor anger.
Author Unknown

Horses-If God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself.
Author Unknown

If you want a stable friendship, get a horse.
Author Unknown

The horse is God's gift to mankind.
Author Unknown

Feeling down? Saddle up.
Author Unknown

A woman needs two animals: The horse of her dreams and a jackass to pay for it.
Unknown Author

Horses are scared of two things: Things that move and things that don't move. Author Unknown



It's the same donkey, but with a new saddle.


Two Hausa proverbs about horses:

"A bit with fire, the medicine for a mad horse."

"A boisterous horse needs a boisterous bridle."

This is the African, communal approach to life:

If you must walk fast, walk alone.

If you're going to walk far, walk with others.


Don't change horses while crossing a stream.

Arabian Flag

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears.

I am a prince and you are a prince; who will lead the donkeys?

Bedouin Legend

My treasures do not click together or glitter. They gleam in the sun and neigh in the night.

Horses fly without wings and conquer without swords.


The Horse: Epona and Macha are Celtic horse goddesses who watch over the land, protecting it's abundance and insuring a good harvest. As protectors of nature, they both grant sovereignty over the land and are the goddesses of the stable. As goddesses of maternity , prophecy, and prosperity, they guide and protect mortals on their journeys through life.


And God took a handful of southerly wind, blew his breath upon it, and created the horse.

Good people get cheated, just as good horses get ridden.

Donkey's lips do not fit onto a horse's mouth.

A horse cannot gain weight if not fed with extra fodder during the night; a man cannot become wealthy without earnings apart from his regular salaries.

Judge not the horse by his saddle.


One cannot shoe a running horse.


A horse hired, never tired.

A horse made and a wife to make.

A horse may stumble though he have four legs.

Better ride on ass that carries me, than on a horse that throws me.

For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost. English Proverb

Gamesters and race-horses never last long.

Look not a gift horse in the mouth.

No hoof, no horse.

The horse that draw most, it's most whipped.

The wife, the horse and the sword may be shew'd, but not lent.

When the manger is empty, the horses fight.

You can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink.


Making money selling manure is better than losing money selling musk.


Honey is not sweet for a donkey.


It's too late to close the stable door after the horse has bolted.

Fools worship mules that carry gold.

Misfortunes come on horseback and depart on foot.

A colt is worth little if it does not break its halter.

What the colt learns in youth he continues in old age.

A colt you may break, but an old horse you never can.


Set a beggar on horseback, and he 'll out ride the Devil.

The ass of a King is still but an ass.

An ass in Germany is a professor in Rome.


A fly can drive away horses.


It is the good horse that draws its own cart.

The raggy colt often made a powerful horse.

The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey.

Youth sheds many a skin. The steed does not retain its speed forever.


Trouble rides a fast horse.

Flies flock to the lean horse.


When you go to a donkey's house, don't talk about ears.


A donkey always says thank you with a kick.


It is not enough for a man to learn how to ride; he must learn how to fall.


No one sees a fly on a trotting horse.


Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear, and man from all sides.

Spring and summer are riding on a piebald mare.

It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.


A horse is worth more than riches.

The man who does not love a horse cannot love a woman.

If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle.


An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold.


Have a horse of your own and then you may borrow another's.

The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never.


Whoever plows with a team of donkeys must have patience.