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  Famous horse quotes - 4

Whose only fit companion is his horse. William Cowper

Lived in his saddle, loved the chase, the course, and always, ere he mounted, kiss'd his horse. William Cowper

He doth nothing but talk of his horse. William Shakespeare

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

He who knows others is wise - he who knows himself is enlightened. Leo-tzu
C.604-C.531 B.C.

Never let his fire die out, but kindle it with words. Let him know that you are honored to be carried along on his strong shoulders and swift feet.
Contributed by Susan Grant Carl Raswan
Drinkers of the Wind

If wishes were horses - dreamers would ride.
Contributed by Michelle S. Melton Unknown

I look at the beauty of my lil' mustang stud and think that is how I would love to be if I were a horse. Free, graceful, beautiful, and not a care in the world. And all eyes are on me when I display my beauty. Athena T. Wilder

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 was lost;
being overtaken and slain by the Enemy,
all for want of Care about the Horse-shoe Nail. Benjamin Franklin
Poor Richards' Almanac

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. Ben Johnson

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 the irons as we flung the saddles over their backs - little sounds of no importance, but they stay in the unconscious library of the memory.
Contributed by Juliana Thomas Wynfors Vaughan

Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.
Contributed by Mary Watters The London Times

People ought to quit worrying so much about whispering to their horses and just start listening to them."
Contributed by Kelley Thomson Greg Darnall
(As quoted in the AQHA America's Horse Magazine: wording may not be exact)

A horse's behavior will be in direct proportion to the number of people watching you ride him.
Contributed by Juliana Thomas Cooky Mclung

This is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
Contributed by Vicky Thomas Doris Lessing

Where in all the world is nobility found without conceit? Where is there friendship without envy? Where is beauty without vanity? Here one finds gracefulness coupled with power, and strength tempered with gentleness. A constant servant, yet no slave. A fighter, ever without hostility. Our history was written on his back. We are his heirs. But he is his own heritage, the horse. H. H. Eisenbart
in Eisenbart and Buhrer:
The Kingdom of the Horse

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

In riding a horse, we borrow freedom. Helen Thompson
B. 1943

I think that if I become a horseman, I shall be a man on wings. Xenophon
The Cyropedia IV iii

If you act like you've only got fifteen minutes, it'll take all day. Act like you've got all day and it'll take fifteen minutes. Monty Roberts

A good trainer can hear a horse speak to him. A great trainer can hear him whisper. Tom Petty

The line between brilliance and explosion is always fine, but it is the place where genius always thrives.
Contributed by Jan B. Newman Robert Dover
Dressage Today 7/96

Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them
Printing their proud hoofs i' the receiving earth. William Shakespeare
Henry V

So did this horse excel a common one
In shape, in courage, color, pace and bone...
What a horse should have he did not lack,
Save a proud rider on so proud a back. William Shakespeare
Venus and Adonis

...through his mane and tail the high wind sings,
fanning the hairs, who wave like feather'd wings. William Shakespeare
Venus and Adonis

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. William Shakespeare

A lot of what's about horses is nuts and bolts -- If the rider's nuts, the horse bolts. The Horse Whisperer

"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order." John Adams

"The respect of tradition should not prevent the love of progress."
Contributed by Joyce McFadden General L'Hotte
Dressage Master

"You will find it is always easier to walk if there is a horse between your legs."
Contributed byTracy Vinciguerra Tex Bix Bender

"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order."
Contributed byTracy Vinciguerra John Adams

"Anyone who is concerned about his dignity would be well advised to keep away from horses."
Contributed byTracy Vinciguerra Duke of Edinburgh

"Learning dressage takes two lifetimes -- yours ... and your horse's."
Contributed by Sue Ivy Unknown

"I smell her still, I see her still, I hear the way she used to move about at night. What horse is ever so old as to forget his dam?"
Contributed by HC John Hawkes
in "Sweet William"

"Horses leave hoofprints on your heart."
Contributed by Tracy Vinciguerra Author unknown, 1995

"No heaven can heaven be, if my Horse isn't there to welcome me."
Contributed by Tracy Vinciguerra LM, 1995

"When I competed, I tried to do my best. In my early years, I just went as fast as I could to get out of the ring as soon as I could. I concentrated so hard that I really messed up by not taking the time to show the judge what my horse and I could really do. My scores got better when I learned to just relax and take the attitude, 'Hey, I'm on my horse and I'm going to show my horse off.' That's when I started to take time to prepare him for each movement -- I rode the test better, and my scores improved enormously. When I rode for myself, that's when I got better. It's a matter of confidence and getting used to showing."
from Equerry Exclusive Interview with Linda Zang Linda Zang, 1998

"Some people have animal eyes - bears' eyes, cats' eyes, pigs' eyes, but horses have human eyes and I love horses better than people."
Contributed by Nicole Jose Garcia Villa
Filipino Author

"There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse."
Contributed by Shelley Schoenrock Robert Smith Surtees

"A horse is a thing of such beauty...none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor."
Contributed by Juliana Thomas Xenophon, 400 B.C.

"Where in this world can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy, beauty without vanity? Here, where grace is laced 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..." Robert Duncan
The Horse of the Year Show

"Honor lies in the mane of a horse." Contributed by J. Thomas. Herman Melville

When your homing carloads swing
Past us down the crisping lanes,
and your dazzling headlights fling,
snow white roses on our reins,
would you choose your sheltered flight,
would we take your cushioned ease,
for the wide and scented night
and the horse between our knees?
Contributed by J. Thomas. W.H. Olgivie

A good horse makes short miles.
Contributed by J. Thomas. George Elliot

God first made Man. He thought better of it and made Woman. When He got time He made the Horse, which has the courage and spirit of Man and the beauty and grace of Woman. Brazilian saying

Yet if man, of all the Creator plann'd
His noblest work is reconed,
Of the works of His hand, by sea or land,
The horse may at least rank second. Adam Lindsay Gordon
1833-1870 Hippondromania

The sun it was, ye glittering gods,
ye took to make a horse. Dirga-Tamas
Indian Vedic Poet, c1000 BC

"...through his mane and tail the high wind sings,
Fanning the hairs, who wave like feathered wings." William Shakespeare

There on the tips of fair fresh flowers feedeth he; how joyous is his neigh, there, in the midst of sacred pollen hidden, all is he; how joyous is his neigh. Navajo Song

The substitution of the internal combustion engine for the horse marked a very gloomy milestone in the progress of mankind. Contributed by B.K. Jones Sir Winston Churchill

"...and God took a handful of southerly wind, blew his breath over it and created the horse..." Bedouin Legend

Twilight gathers and ends our play,
Hoofs in the distance echo away;
Shadows into the dusk we pass...
Come what may, we have had our day
Over the grass. Will H. Ogilvie
b. 1869 Over The Grass

Sing, riding's a joy! For me I ride. Robert Browning
The Last Ride Together

"What a piece of work is a horse! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a man! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!" James Agate
1877-1947 Alarums and Excursions

Of all Creatures God made at the Creation, there is none except man more excellent, or so much to be respected as a Horse. Bedouin Legend

"Most important is love of the horse. It is the leitmotif that should underlie all our intercourse with the most lovable of creatures. A horse will overcome its inborn shyness and gain confidence, the fundamental condition for mutual understanding, with a man whose love it feels. Subsequently, when strictness or punishment becomes necessary, the horse will know that it was deserved, for it has never suffered injustice or arbitrariness. It has been able to judge the rider's good nature by the fact that he was on the lookout, so to speak, for the slightest indication of responsiveness to his controls to find an opportunity to reward his horse, and that he was magnanimous in forgetting to punish when the mistake was due to clumsiness or inadequate understanding." Waldemar Seunig's book "Horsemanship"

"...patience, inexhaustible patience--especially when psychological and physical defects are present--is necessary to make the horse understand what we want of it. Patience is equally necessary in order not to grow immoderately demanding, which always happens when we do not reward an initial compliance by immediate cessation of the demand, but try to enjoy a victory until the horse becomes cross or confused." Waldemar Seunig's book "Horsemanship"

"His neigh is like the bidding of a monarch, and his countenance enforces homage. He is indeed, a horse." William Shakespeare

"Confidence is absolutely essential because without it the horse just cannot make a sufficient surrender of himself, mentally and physically, to learn and to absorb our teaching. Mental and physical processes are so intimately connected, that they cannot be separated." Henry Wynmalen

"Horses are so forgiving." Tom Dorrance

"There is nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse." Will Rogers

"...This most noble beast is the most beautiful, the swiftest and of the highest courage of domesticated animals. His long mane and tail adorn and beautify him. He is of a fiery temperament, but good tempered, obedient, docile and well-mannered." Pedro Garcia Conde, 1685

"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom." Helen Thomson, b. 1943

"A canter is a cure for every evil." Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81)

"The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears." Arabian Proverb

"Where in this wide world can (a person) find nobility without pride, friendship without envy or beauty without vanity? Here, where grace is laced 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." Ronald Duncan
from "To the Horse"

"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." Peter Gray, b. 1928

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"Far back, far back in our dark soul the horse prances . . . The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action . . ." D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

"Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark." Saying of the Gladdagh Gypsies of Galway

"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." Stephen Leacock (1896-1944)
from "Literary Lapses Reflections on Riding"

"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." Will Rogers

Show me your horse and I will tell you what you are. Contributed by Joe O'C. Old English Saying

Anything forced and misunderstood can never be beautiful. And to quote the words of Simon: If a dancer was forced to dance by whip and spikes, he would be no more beautiful than a horse trained under similar conditions. Xenophon, 400 B.C.

The horse symbolizes beauty, grace, and power, and a rider feels part of that spirit. Contributed by J. Thomas. L.S. (?)

"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."
Contributed by J. Thomas. Roy Rogers

Every horse thinks his own pack the heaviest. (Aphorism) (unknown)

"Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction." Cowboy wisdom

"Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse." (unknown)

Nothing does as much for the insides of a man than the outsides of a horse. Ronald Reagon
North Platte, Nebreska, 1987

Life is good; a horse makes it better! Contributed by Raine (unknown)

He who said he made a small fortune in the horse business
Probably started out with a large fortune! Contributed by M.S.O. (unknown proverb)

People on horses look better than they are,
People in cars look worse than they are. Contributed by M.S.O. Myra Mannes

"Horse sense is what keeps horses from betting on what people will do." Raymund Nash

"Some folks get credit for having horse sense that hain't ever had enough money to make fools of themselves." K. Hubbard

[He was] "so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages...So ignorant, that he bought a cow to ride one." Benjamin Franklin

"Sir, I would horsewhip you if I had a horse." Groucho Marx

"I just played a horse yesterday so slow that the jockey kept a diary of the trip."
"I once bet on a horse that was so slow I bet it to live." Henny Youngman


"A good man will take care of his horses and dogs, not only while they are young, but also when they are old and past service." Contributed by C.M. Burns

Robert Smith Surtees

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

Winston Churchill

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."

An Arabian proverb

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

Edmund Spenser

"Hard is to teach an old horse amble true."

D.H. Lawrence

"Far back, far back in our dark soul the horse prances ... The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action ..."

Peter Gray

"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."

Benjamin Franklin

" For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for the want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail."

John Adams

"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order."

William Cowper

"Whose only fit companion is his horse."


"A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"

R.B. Cunningham Graham

"God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses."

The Arabian Knights

"'I see nothing unusual,' replied the king. 'True, the mane is a handsome one. Yes, he is twice the size of the horses we keep here in the stables. His form is handsome. His eyes are bright -' 'That is not all,' interrupted the traveler. 'You have only to climb on his back and wish yourself anywhere in the world - and, no matter how far the distance, in a flash of time too short to count you will find yourself there. It is this, Your Highness, that makes my horse so wonderful.'"

Nicholas Evans, "The Horse Whisperer"

"'He's not going to look back if you don't,' he said, 'They're the most forgiving creatures god ever made.'"

Monica Dickens, "Talking of Horses..."

"When I can't ride anymore, I shall still keep horses as long as I can hobble about with a bucket and a wheelbarrow. When I can't hobble, I shall roll my wheelchair out to the fence of the field where my horses graze, and watch them."

The Koran

"When God created the horse, he said to the magnificent creature: I have made thee as no other. All the treasures of the earth shall lie between thy eyes. Thou shalt cast thy enemies between thy hooves, but thou shalt carry my friends upon they back. Thy saddle shall be the seat of prayers to me. And though fly without any wings, and conquer without any sword."

Ben Johnson, "Explorata: Illiteratus Princeps"

"They say that 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."

William Cavendish

"A boy is a long time before he knows his alphabet, longer before he has learned to spell, and perhaps several years before he can read distinctly; and yet there are some people who, as soon as they get on a horse, entirely undressed and untaught, fancy that by beating and spurring they will make him a dressed horse in one morning only. I would fain ask such stupid people whether by beating a boy they would teach him to read without first showing him the alphabet? Sure, they would beat him to death, before they would make him read."

Phil West

"You don't break these animals, you come to an understanding with them."

John Wayne, "North To Alaska"

"Women, I never met one yet that was half as reliable as a horse."

W.C. Fields

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people." Contributed by: Gayle Arnold

Victor Hugo

"I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets
and frighten the horses." Contributed by: Gayle Arnold

Groucho Marx

"Why, I'd horse-whip you if I had a horse. "

William Shakespear- "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; He is pure air and fire;" Contributed by Julie Kirk

Author Unkown- "The Horse. Man's noblest companion."

Bedouin Legend- "...and God took a handful of Southerly wind, blew his breath over it, and created the horse." Contributed by: Karen Butzin

The following have been contributed by our good friend from Tucson AZ, Ron Kiley. Thanks Ron:

Gervase Markham- "...there is a secret pleasing and cherishing of the horse with the bridle, which the rider must accomplish with so unperceiving a motion that none but the beast may know it."

Walter Farley- Author of the Black Stallion series

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

John Astley- "But if a rider teach his horse to go with the bridle loose...he would
thus lead him to do everything in...pleasure and pride."

Colonel Podhajsky- "If a horse becomes more beautiful* in the course of his work, it is a
sign that the training principles are correct."

JRD- "A relationship built on trust is stronger than one resulting from truce."

Vicki Hearne - "I never encountered a horse in whose soul there was no harmony to call on."

Colonel Podhajsky- "..the rider who rests content with imitations of beauty* finds his horses going crazy, altho sometimes not violently enough to be noticed."

Charles de Kunffy- "The horse knows how to be a horse if we will leave him alone... but the riders don't know how to ride. What we should be doing is creating riders and that takes care of the horse immediately."

"In partnership with a horse, one is seldom lacking for thought, emotion and inspiration. One is always attended by a great companion."

Stanley Schmidt- "Through our entire history we have become accustomed to pushing [animals] around in ways dictated by our own wants and needs without much regard for theirs.

Marcus Aurelius- "...It is also good to pet the beast while he eats so that he will relax."

Pluvinel, 350 yrs. ago- "We shall take great care not to annoy the horse and spoil his friendly charm, for it is like the scent of a blossom - once lost it will never return."

*The words beauty and beautiful in these contexts lean more towards a meaning of truth, trust, or spirit rather than physical beauty.

Author Unkown- The Horse: Friendship without envy, Beauty without vanity, Nobility without conceit, A willing partner, yet no slave.

Ronni Sweet-"It is the horse's gift to connect us with Heaven and our own footsteps."

Franz Mairinger:- From the book: "Horses Are Made To Be Horses": "...the Lord looked down on a Sunday morning and saw that something was missing - something that represented His patience, His understanding, His love, His everything, indeed all that was good - and He created the horse." Contributed by: Susannah Blair, Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia.

Old Gaelic proverb- "Cha cḥir an t-each glan a chur uige." (The willing horse should not be spurred.) Contributed by:Barbara Burton of Cloughrinka Stables, Webb, Alabama

A Civil War Quote Kept by a Family- "It'll never be noticed on a galloping horse",
was what one of my ancestors said as her son rode off to the Civil War wearing a uniform made of the wool of a black sheep and white sheep spun and woven together. There had been no dye with which to color the wool grey, so she and a daughter had improvised in order to make the uniform. We have always used the expression to indicate not to worry unnecessarily over small details. The son did not return from the war. Contributed by: Anne Wood, Lexington, Kentucky

Author Unknown- My treasures do not click together or glitter, they gleam in the sun and neigh in the night. Contributed by: Candi Parker

Lucy Rees- Riding is a partnership. The horse lends you his strength, speed and grace, which are greater than yours. For your part you give him your guidance, intelligence and understanding, which are greater than his. Together you can achieve a richness that alone neither can. Contributed by: Candi Parker


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