Horses have played a pivotal role in the history of humanity, and have rightly been immortalised in literature and great speeches. No matter if you’re looking for inspiration, motivation, or joy we’ve compiled the perfect list of fifty horse quotes for you – with sources ranging from Winston Churchill, to Linda McCartney.
Horse quotes by actors and actresses
Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.
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.
His hooves pound the beat, your heart sings the song.
Horses lend us the wings we lack.
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 than a loan.
Inspirational horse quotes by authors
Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!
Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he/she will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No one can teach riding so well as a horse.
The horse. Here is nobility without conceit, friendship without envy, beauty without vanity. A willing servant, yet never a slave.
There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.
Robert Smith Surtees
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.
A pony is a childhood dream. A horse is an adulthood treasure.
I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a horse.
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and freedom.
Sharon Ralls Lemon
No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.
The horse moved like a dancer, which is not surprising. A horse is a beautiful animal, but he is perhaps most remarkable because he moves as if he always hears music.
Wherever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprint of a horse beside it.
John Trotwood Moore
A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger than a man on foot.
Horse quotes by politicians
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
Don’t give your son money. As far as you can afford it, give him horses. No one ever came to grief, except honourable grief, through riding horses. No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle. Young men have often been ruined through owning horses, or through backing horses, but never through riding them; unless of course they break their necks, which, taken at a gallop, is a very good death to die.
When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.
God forbid I go to any Heaven in which there are no horses.
R.B. Cunninghame Graham
A great horse will change your life. The truly special ones define it.
I can make a General in five minutes, but a good horse is hard to replace.
Great horse-related proverbs
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
A good horse cannot be of a bad colour.
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
Other horse quotes
In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.
Helen Thompson Woolley
The horse, with beauty unsurpassed, strength immeasurable and grace unlike any other, still remains humble enough to carry a man upon his back.
It is not the direction you head that defines the journey, but the horse you head there with.
I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice.
You can see what man made from the seat of an automobile, but the best way to see what God made is from the back of a horse.
Charles M. Russell
Through the days of love and celebration and joy, and through the dark days of mourning – the faithful horse has been with us always.
Horse quotes with an unknown origin
For one to fly, one needs only to take the reins.
I’d rather ride on a Mustang, than in one.
There are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favorite places is on the back of my horse.
A dog may be man’s best friend…but the horse wrote history.
The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse.
Riding never gets easier. You just get better.
One who believes that he has mastered the art of horsemanship has not yet begun to understand the horse.
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you.
A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.
The world is best viewed through the ears of a horse.
One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that he hears music inside his head.
When the Almighty put hoofs on the wind and a bridle on the lightning, He called it a horse.
A horse in the wind – a perfect symphony.
Half the failures in life result from pulling in one’s horse when it is leaping.
I live in a house, but my home is in the stable.
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