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I don't care what they do, so long as they don't do it in the
streets and frighten the horses.
attributed to Mrs. Patrick Campbell
Take most people, they're crazy about cars. I'd rather have a goddam
A horse is at least human, for godsake.
JD Salinger,_Catcher in the Rye_
I purchased some classics on horse care...I gradually came to understand
that they were like 19th-century religious tomes on how to save your soul:
objective, good; instructions, extremely detailed; practical application,
Horse, thou art truly a creature without equal, for thou fliest without
wings and conquerest without sword.
It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to
The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the
inside of a man.
Sir Winston Churchill
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.
Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with
Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils
He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to
meet the armed men.
He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted, neither turneth he back
from the sword.
JOB 39: 19-22
A man on a horse is spiritually as well as physically bigger than a man
A canter is the cure for every evil.
That hoss wasn't built to tread the earth,
He took natural to the air,
And every time he went aloft,
He tried to leave me there.
Anonymous Tribute to an Unmanageable Horse
Weave for the mighty chestnut
A tributary crown
Of autumn flowers, the brightest then
When autumn leaves are brown
Hang up his bridle on the wall,
His saddle on the tree,
Till time shall bring some racing king
Worthy to wear as he!
No ride is ever the last one. No horse is ever the last one you will
have. Somehow there will always be other horses, other places to ride
In buying a horse or taking a wife, shut your eyes tight and commend
yourself to God.
The horse is God's gift to man.
...But why discourse
Upon the Virtues of the Horse?
They are too numerous to tell
Save when you have a Horse to Sell.
Certain comic effects can be achieved by a brand-new rider, especially
a man who dresses like a fashion model and rides like a tailor.
I can always tell which is the front end of a horse, but beyond that,
my art is not above the ordinary.
Show me your horse and I will tell you who you are.
Old English Saying
Dog lovers hate to clean out kennels. Horse lovers like cleaning stables.
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.
Horses have never hurt anyone yet, except when they bet on them.
Such Horses are
The jewels of the horseman's hands and thighs,
They go by the word and hardly need the rein
Stephen Vincent Benet, "John Brown's Body"
All in green went my love riding
On a great horse of gold
into the silver dawn
The Tennessee stud was long and lean
The color of the sun and his eyes were green
he had the nerve and he had the blood
there never was a horse like the Tennessee stud
Wish I had a big fine horse,
and the corn to feed him on
I'd let little Shady Grove
feed him while I'm gone
The truth is that horses exhibit, in an exaggerated form, many of the
worst characteristics of people. They are greedy, envious, spiteful,
malicious, slothful, superstitious, and stupid. They are congenital
hysterics and each one is, ominously, a prospective homicide. If horses
could talk, they would lie.
Owen Ulph,(old time cowboy) from his book, The Fiddleback: Lore of the
Visions of horses ... make the moment brighter, inspire respect, and make
the heart beat faster. The Founders of the Sunshine Horse Lovers Club
(1991) from "If Wishes Were Horses"
To err is human, to whinney equine.
First, you must trust in yourself. Then you can also trust in the earth or
gravity of a situation, and because of that, you can uplift yourself. At
that point, your discipline becomes delightful rather than being an ordeal
or a great demand. When you ride a horse, balance comes, not from freezing
your legs to the saddle, but from learning to float with the movement of
the horse as you ride. Each step is a dance, the rider's dance as well as
the dance of the horse.
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, "Shambala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior"
"And God took a handful of southerly wind, blew his breath upon it, and
created the horse." Bedouin legend.
"Brahma was excessively sparing with earth, water, and fire. The new
creature was not given etiher horns or claws, and his teeth were only
for chewing, not for biting. The prudent care with which fire was used
him a necessity in war with out making him warlike.
This animal was the Horse.
The reckless expenditure of air and ether in his compositon 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
Horse would run for no reason whatever, as if to run out of his own skin.
He had no desire to chase, or to kill, but only to fly on and on and on
until he dwindled into a dot, melted into a swoon, blurred into a shadow,
and vanished into vacancy.
The Creator was glad. He had given habitations to his other creatures,
forests to some, caves to others, but because of his enjoyment of the
disinterested spirit of energy in the Horse, he gave him an open meadow
under the eye of Heaven."
-- Rabindranath Tagore
Sometime he trots, as if he told
the steps with gentle magesty and
pride. Anon, he rears upright,
curvets and leaps, as who should
say 'Lo, thus my strength is tried'
--Shakespeare "Venus and Adonis"
A little neglect may breed mischief...
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...
As seen on a roadside billboard (intended to encourage helmet use among
"Wear a helmet...
Because your skull isn't as thick as your parents think it is."
A horse is the matter and subject whereupon the art worketh, and is a
creature sensible, and therefore so far as he is moved to do any thing, he
is thereunto moved by sense and feeling. Further, this is common to all
sensible creatures, to shun all things as annoy them, and to like all such
things as do delight them.
John Astley, "The Art of Riding"
If one induces the horse to assume that carriage which it would adopt of
its own accord when displaying its beauty, then, one directs the horse to
appear joyous and magnificent, proud and remarkable for having been
Most nations, free ones especially, should be dealt with like a spirited
horse, whom a judicious rider will keep steady, by maintaining an exact
balance in his seat, showing neither fear nor cruelty, occasionally giving
and checking with the rein, while he prudently and resolutely corrects
the spur, or kindly blandishes with his hand.
Francis Gentleman, "A Trip to the Moon"
There are no handles to a horse, but the 1910 model has a string to each
side of its face for turning its head when there is something you want it
Stephen Leacock, "Reflections on Riding"
I will not change my horse with any that treads on four pasterns. Ca, ha!
he bounds from the earth, as if his entrails were hairs, le cheval volant,
the Pegasus, chez les narines de feu! When I bestride him, I soar, I am a
hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest
of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes...he is pure air and
fire...the prince of palfreys; his neigh is like the bidding of a monarch
and his countenance enforces homage.
Williams Shakespeare, "Henry V"
There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a
horse, that should forever exempt it from indignities. As for those
majestic, magisterial truck-horses of the docks, I would as soon think of
striking a judge on the bench, as to lay violent hands upon their holy
Herman Melville, "Redburn"
The horse will leap over trenches, will jump out of them, will do anything
else, provided one grants him praise and respite after his accomplishment.
He has galloped through young girl's dreams, added richness to grown
women's lives, and served men in war and strife.
For better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even
though chequered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who
neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight
that knows neither victory or defeat.
DRESSAGE, n.: the passionate pursuit of perfection by the obsessively
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work
~ Jerome K. Jerome
A pony is a childhood dream, A horse is an adulthood treasure.
~ Rebecca Carroll
I will not jump with common spirits
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
Spring and summer are riding on a piebald mare.
~ Russian Proverb
. . .A horse is a thing of such beauty. . .none will tire of looking at
him as long as he displays himself in his splendor.
So philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as horses.
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact
with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.
~Sharon Ralls Lemon
It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!
~The Horse Whisperer
The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man
To know the Arabian horse is to love him
If wishes were horses , beggars would ride
I found one way to fly; On the back of an airborne horse!
To Ride Or Not To Ride?....What A Stupid Question!
Both a horse and a man have something in common, both dump you, though
generally you get over the horse's dumping first.
I'd rather be dumped by a horse than dumped by a man!
All I pay my physiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me
I love the horse from hoof to head
From head to hoof and tail to mane
I love the horse as I have said
From head to hoof and back again.
~James Whitcomb Riley