For want of a nail a shoe was lost, for want of a shoe a horse was lost,
for want of a horse a rider was lost, for want of a rider a army was lost,
for want of an army a battle was lost, for want of a battle the war was
lost, for want of the war the kingdom was lost, and all for the want of a
little horseshoe nail.
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. - Lucy Rees
Half the failures of this world arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.
There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle, one is a sense of humor, and the other is patience -John Lyons
Words are as beautiful as horses, and sometimes just as difficult to corral.
It is the difficult horses that have the most to give you.
All horses deserve, at least once in life, to be loved by a little girl.
Life without horses is possible but pointless.
The only people who never fall off are those who never get on.
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
What shall we choose in life--Pegasus or workhorse? Shall it be sprinters and jumpers to entertain us, or workers to pull the load?Do we have more need of strong hocks than we do winged hooves? Do we choose to ride the wind, feet off the ground, knowing--however briefly--an intensity, a magic that transcends the everyday? Or shall we seek stamina and support, the straining muscles of an old war horse for the journey? Maybe it all depends on what we think we need for the long haul; Pegasus, a thing of beauty, or the workhorse, a joy forever.
I'm all for good conformation, but rarely have I seen it. If you examine the top [dressage] horses today, you will find many faults. If the imperfect machine works perfectly, who cares what the machine looks like?