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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.
~Ronald Duncan, "The Horse," 1954
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.
It's alot like nuts and bolts, if the rider is nuts, the horse bolts.
Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb. ~Will Rogers
"In riding a horse we borrow freedom." ~Helen Thomson
"I have the utmost dedication and concentration . . . Oh look! A horse!"
Throw your heart over a fence and your horse will follow.
A good rider on a good horse is as much above himself and others as the
world can make him.
I bless the hoss from hoof to head
From head to hoof, and tail to mane!
I bless the hoss, as I have said,
From head to hoof, and back again!
~James Whitcomb Riley
Life is good, horses make it better.
Ride like there's no tomorrow.
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.
Horses are the dolphins of the plains, the spirits of the wind; yet we sit
astride them for the sake of being well-groomed, whereas they could have all
the desire in the world to bolt, but instead, they adjust their speed and grace,
only to please us, never to displease.
"Horses and riders are a symbol of complex dependence, one upon the other.
The centaur-man and horse are joined together in a way in which no other equestrian
sport can demonstrate . . . something deeply primeval within us is touched when we
see such perfect empathy between a man and his horse."
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!
~Nikolai V. Gogol, Dead Souls, 1842, translated from Russian
Somewhere in time's own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow,
Some paradise where horses go,
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again.
He knows when you're happy.
He knows when you're comfortable.
He knows when you're confident.
And he always knows when you have carrots.
"The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action."
"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."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humour
and the other is patience.
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you,
but a noble companion walks beside you.
By reason of his elegance, he resembles an image painted in a palace, though
he is as majestic as the palace itself.
"...virtue shall be bound into the hair of thy forelock... I have given thee
the power of flight without wings."
"My treasures do not chink or gleam, they glitter in the sun and neigh at night."
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.
~Duke of Endinburgh
I dream of Horses . . .
Black, Brown, Chestnut, Bay
Palomino, Pinto, Roan and Grey
Strawberry Sorrels with manes of Red
Galloping, Galloping past my bed....
A man of kindness to his horse, is kind
But brutal actions show a brutal mind.
He was designed thy servant, not thy drudge.
Remember his creator is thy judge.
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with
the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.
A horse is a thing of such beauty....
none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in splendor.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart and wins with his character.
The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horses ears.
Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.
~Josephine Demott Robinson
All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay and he'll listen to me any day.
If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question or you asked the question wrong.
To successfully train a horse one must be smarter than the horse. With Arabians,
~for Arabian horse enthusiasts
On the 6th day God created horses; and on the 7th day He painted the good ones.
~for Paint horse enthusiasts
On the 8th day God said: Horses shall not trot. And the good horses listened.
And it was good.
~for Gaited horse enthusiasts
O for a horse with wings!
Hard it is to teach the old horse to amble anew.
Spring and summer are riding on a piebald mare.
No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.
Horses make a landscape beautiful.
He doth nothing but talk of his horse.
Ride naked....put a little color in your cheeks.
"A canter is the cure for every evil."
"Fat is the best color." ~a Gypsy proverb
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.
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.
A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.
But a bad rider won't hear his horse even if it screams at him!
There on the tips of fair fresh flowers feedeth he; How joyous is his neigh,
there in the midst of sacred pollen hidden all hidden he; how joyous is his neigh . . .
"You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke
betting on people."
"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."
It's better to want the horse you don't have than to have the horse you don't want.
When you ran the ground shook . . .
The sky opened
And near morales parted,
Parted the way to victory
Where you'll meet me
In the winner's circle
And I'll place a blanket of flowers
On your back
~Author Unknown, from the movie Dreamer
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.
Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen are defrocked, shouldn't it follow that
cowboys would be deranged?
"Courage is being scared to death - and saddling up anyway." ~John Wayne
It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall.
Let us look beyond the ears of our own horses so that we may see the good in one another's.
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.
All horses deserve at least once in their lives a little girl.
God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses.
~R.B. Cunninghame Graham, letter to Theodore Roosevelt, 1917
A pony is a childhood dream, a horse is an adulthood treasure.
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;...
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
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.
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.
Wherever man has left his footprint in the long ascent from barbarism to
civilization we will find the hoofprint of the horse beside it.
One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are not trying to
impress other birds and horses.
"They think they can make fuel from horse manure - Now, I don't know if your
car will be able to get 30 miles to the gallon, but it's sure gonna put a stop
I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse's
good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.
When I hear somebody talk about a horse or cow being stupid, I figure its a
sure sign that the animal has outfoxed them.
Experienced riders are not prone to brag. And usually newcomers, if they
start out being boastful, end up modest.
"At it's finest horse and rider are joined not by tack but by trust each one
is reliant upon the other, each one is the selfless guardian of the other's very
Spending that many hours in the saddle gave a man plenty of time to think.
That's why so many cowboys fancied themselves Philosophers.
~Charles M. Russell
Your head and your heart hold high;
Your hands and your heels hold low.
Your knees keep close to your horse's sides,
Your elbows close to your own.
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.
The sight of that pony did something to me I've never quite been able to explain.
He was more than tremendous strength and speed and beauty and motion. He set
When you are buying a horse, take care not to fall in love with him, for when
this passion hath once seized you, you are no longer in a condition to judge
~Sleur de Sollesell
The educated horse is a thinking horse, and it seems that he understands every
now and then something happens that he must chalk up as a mistake and be done
He has galloped through young girls' dreams, added richness to grown women's
lives, and served men in war and strife.
Is it the smell of their body as I hug their long neck,
or the scent only a horse has that I can't forget?
Is it the depth of their eyes as they contentedly rest?
No, its just them being them that I like the best.
"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;"
"'He's not going to look back if you don't,' he said, 'They're the most
forgiving creatures God ever made.'"
Nicholas Evans, in The Horse Whisperer
"Hast thou given the horse strength?
Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper?
The glory of his nostrils is terrible.
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.
The quiver rattleth against him,
The glittering spear and the shield.
He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage:
Neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha;
And he smelleth the battle afar off,
The thunder of the captains, and the shouting."
Job 39:19-25 The Holy Bible