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Great Horse Quotes

Updated on March 22, 2013

If you’ve read many of my hubs, you know that I’m a lifelong horse lover. I haven’t ridden in several years, but I still love handling horses, looking at horses, reading about horses, and watching movies about horses. I even like the smell of horses.

With all this in mind, it’s not surprising that I enjoy horse quotes. I’ve rounded up numerous horse quotes to share with you, from various sources.

Horse quotes from famous people

Horses are beloved by humans across the globe, and famous people are no exception. The horse has figured prominently in our legends, myths, and folklore, and has also had a huge impact on man’s history. Even the most famous writer of all time, Shakespeare, gave us some memorable horse quotes. Below you’ll find them, along with some horse quotes by other famous people:

O, for a horse with wings! – William Shakespeare (Cymbeline)

A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! – William Shakespeare (Richard III)

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 (Henry V)

He doth nothing but talk of his horse. – William Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice)

Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on. – Robert Frost

Honor lies in the mane of a horse. – Herman Melville

There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities. – Herman Melville

I heard a neigh, Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh it was. My very heart leaped with the sound. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

A good horse makes short miles. – George Elliot

A man on a horse is spiritually as well as physically bigger than a man on foot. – John Steinbeck

There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it's the risk, the gamble. In any event it's a thing I need. – William Faulkner

To many, the words love, hope, and dreams are synonymous with horses. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

If a man works like a horse for his money, there are a lot of girls anxious to take him down the bridal path. – Marty Allen

A pony is a childhood dream; a horse is an adult treasure. – Rebecca Carroll

Horse sense is a thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. – W.C. Fields

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

You must in all Airs follow the strength, spirit, and disposition of the horse, and do nothing against nature; for art is but to set nature in order, and nothing else. – William Cavendish

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

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. – Winston Churchill

Four things greater than all things are – women and horses and power and war. – Rudyard Kipling

She knew that the horse, born to serve nobly, had waited in vain for someone noble to serve. – D.H. Lawrence

Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses. – Elizabeth Taylor

To me, horses and freedom are synonymous. - Veryl Goodnight

One way to stop a runaway horse is to bet on him. – Jeffrey Bernard

I’d rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God's sake. - J.D. Salinger

A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace. – Ovid

Alimony is like buying hay for a dead horse. – Groucho Marx

All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife. – Daniel Boone


Horse quotes from the Bedouin

The Bedouin were Arab nomads who lived in the desert regions. They were instrumental in the development of the Arabian horse. The Bedouin tribes prized their Arab steeds and treated them like members of the family. In fact, the horses often shared a tent with their masters.

Because their horses were such an important part of their culture, the Bedouins had many horse quotes about their beloved equine. Most believed that the Arabian horse was especially blessed by Allah. Below are some of the best known horse quotes from the Bedouins, some from the Qu’ran:

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.

When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, "I want to make a creature of you. Condense." And the Wind condensed.

The horse is God's gift to mankind.

Of all creatures God made at the Creation, there is none more excellent, or so much to be respected, as a horse.

And Allah took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath upon it, and created the horse.... Thou shall fly without wings, and conquer without any sword. Oh, horse.

So tender is the Arab of his horse, that he will seldom beat or spur him; and in consequence of this humane treatment, the animal considers itself as one of the family, and will allow the children to play round it, and to fondle it like a dog.

When God created the horse he said to the magnificent creature: I have made thee as no other. All the treasures of the earth lie between thy eyes. Thou shalt carry my friends upon thy back. Thy saddle shall be the seat of prayers to me.

Anonymous horse quotes

Okay, these horse quotes aren’t about anonymous horses – they were made by anonymous people:

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.

Horses lend us the wings we lack.

Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart in return.

To ride a horse is to ride the sky.

A woman needs two animals - the horse of her dreams and a jackass to pay for it.

A dog may be man's best friend, but the horse wrote history.

A horse is like a violin. First it must be tuned, and when tuned, it must be accurately played.

Horse sense, n.: Stable thinking.

In my opinion, a horse is the animal to have. Eleven-hundred pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs - it's something you just can't get from a pet hamster.

Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse.

Horses - if God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself.

A horse is poetry in motion.

I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.

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      alorelle 6 years ago

      These made me giggle. I have had horses all my life, they have been such a large part of my history so it's always nice to know that someone else appreciates them.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Love this hub. I have to try and remember some of these quotes! Thumbs up!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Great hub as I love horses also. We owned some when my children were teens but that was a long time ago. Your quotes were terrific.

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      It is impossible for your mind to be occupied by problems if you are on the back of a horse - De Greek

      How's that? :-))

      _ And I left you a response to your last message about coming over and you did not answer :-)))

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      sheila b. 6 years ago

      Those are great horse quotes. A dog may be man's best friend, but the horse wrote history is my favorite.

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      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      It is obvious that you love horses. That is quite a collection of quotes. :-)

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      valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Wow! This may be your best yet! I am also a horse lover, and my great nieces do barral races. (:v Voting you up and awesome!

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      Dave McClure 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      An uplifting read - thank you :)

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Oh.. I love it!! And I love horses,lol except they do need more than loving care..:-)

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, habee, for all these amazing and amusing horse quotes. This hub is a saver.

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      Almost as good as going for a ride! Thank you, habee!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Habee, Great interesting and amusing horse quotes! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      You really gave me a lift. Thank you. You don't even to write so much, just write HORSE and my eyes start gleaming.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Agreed--a horse is poetry in motion and all your horse quotes are sum of this statement and more. Rated awesome, like the horse quote lady.

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      G L Strout 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I grew up on horses and also have not ridden for many years. Thank you for a "warm-fuzzy" article.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

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

      That is my fav - as Dim is right - if you are in the saddle, you can't have time to worry about anything, especially if you ride like me!

      To ride a horse is to ride the sky. (TOTALLY true)

      A woman needs two animals - the horse of her dreams and a jackass to pay for it. (This is what I'm sticking to - do you know a jackass I can hit up for a horse? Probably not gonna convince Bob in this lifetime!)

      Great hub and love the pictures.....sigh....

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      Gloria Siess 6 years ago from Northern California

      I still miss my Morgan, Jason--even though I lost him over 30 yrs, ago/very touching Hub.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Alorelle, horses have been a big part of my life, too!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you enjoyed the hub, Bpop!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Pam, I didn't know you were a fellow horse lover! Cool!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      De Greek, I think most of the best hours of my life have been spent on the back of a good horse!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice horse quotes. I always wanted a horse growing up.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      sheila, I like that one, too!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Jagged. I love your avatar pic!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Val! I used to do barrel racing back in the day!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Paraglider, nice of you to stop by!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, msorensson!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, drbj!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I don't know about that, Silver, but I'm glad you liked it!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for your kind comment, Deb!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      HH, I react the same way to horses!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You are too kind, Anglnwu!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      GL, I grew up riding, also. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie, I think it would be quite enjoyable to go horseback riding with you! lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Garnet, I used to ride a Morgan named Dixie. Great horse!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sandy, I finally drove my parents crazy enough to buy me horses! lol

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I like these quotes - good reading. One of my favorites that you listed is "A pony is a childhood dream; a horse is an adult treasure." – Rebecca Carroll

      Thumbs up.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Habee, great hub I like my horses and your quotes! You asked about Waffle over at my hub in a comment. The pictured Belgian is Waffle. He got cancer at 24 and had to be put down. He was a great horse, I bought him at 7 years old, long time buddy but now a long time gone, 50

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Vocal, that's a great horse quote!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      50, sorry to hear about Waffle. A good horse makes a wonderful friend.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love these quotes. When I was a girl I rode all the time. Now that I am older and my bones a bit more brittle I don't ride quite as much. I miss it.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Same here, KKgals!

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      culturespain 6 years ago

      Great quotes - which I shall forward to my horse mad daughter. However, do you know this one from Charles 1 of Spain who said he spoke: “Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.”?

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I love that horse quote and almost used it!

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      In your best John Wayne voice say this , "I'm gonna ride me a woman an kiss me a perty hoss".

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I love that quote!!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Horses have long been important to humans for both practical reason and aesthetic.My father loved horses and spent much time doing artwork on horses. If you are intereted I wrote a hub about him, "Tribute to my father, the artist"

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      nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

      I loved the quotes. I've always thought horses were the most beautiful animals. When I was little I loved visiting my cousin because she had horses and competed with them. I loved going to the horse shows with her. If I had more flat, grassy land I would get a horse.

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      lina ashton 6 years ago

      it takes no handers to trust your horse

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Your father sounds like someone I'd like, Dahoglund!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Nancy, get a sure-footed mountain horse!

      Lina, thanks for reading!

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      akeetlebeetle 6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I loved these quotes. Thanks for sharing. You are sooo right.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading!

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Cute hub, it's really original.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      You beat me with this one, never heard so many horse quotes. Love the nr. leopard in the photo, very handsome.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Bluestar, I love appies! I've owned several.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice hub,thanks for sharing.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Really glad you stopped by!

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      jack keepsake 6 years ago

      great quotes !

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      DuchessDuCaffeine 6 years ago from United States of America

      Ah, the Bedouins were so wise. My Arabian gelding, Jubilee, still charges around his pasture like a 5 year old. I'll never tell him he's thirty five! I'm with you, habee: when I inhale the scent of a horse, I I am reminded of all that is good on this Earth. Thanks, habee, I'm really enjoying your hubs :)

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      StephenSMcmillan 5 years ago

      Haha..Fun hub! I love those quotes. Thanks.

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      ponygirl64 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this hub very much. The quotes are beautiful, funny, and clever.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @habee...This is a very enjoyable Hub with lots of horse sense! Great job!

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      When I bestride him, I soar, then hit the ground! Lol. I really enjoyed this hub.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      interesting quotes..Thanks

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

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

      This was my favorite on your list of quotes. Well, one more, too, but it's awfully cheeky:

      I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.

      Thanks for a lovely time reading your hub.

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      Peggy Koppel 5 years ago

      My daughter still rides and I love to as well. I read the quotes to her and it nice to know the love of horses abounds from Churchill to Faulkner and in between! Thanks for posting!

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      mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      My favourite one: "Horse sense is a thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. – W.C. Fields"

      Great hub. I also liked the sayings from Bedouin sources, habee, as well as the anonymous Horse Sense/Stable Thinking. Thanks for sharing!

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      Kari 5 years ago

      Wow, I actually fill up with joy and emotion and most of all respect for THE HORSE. Miss my Ang still after 20 years! X thanks for the quotes

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      lonestar 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed the quotes thanx!

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      jockeyfox 5 years ago

      Horses are the only domesticated animals that are totally dependent on humans for survival. Unlike the dog or cat, they can't be freed to fend for themselves. If they are not fed and watered by man, they will die. Too often they are bought by people who don't understand this and horses suffer horrible deaths. "Except for the grace of man, the horse would be extinct today."

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      horseriding101 5 years ago

      Thanks for taking the time to compile all the quotes! They are beautiful!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh I love the horses and the quotes are great!!!Bless you for sharring!!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      You have written 976 hubs! That is amazing, habee! I've written 39 and I'm working on my 40th.

      I came back to read this hub again. I love it and if I knew how to make stationary with a motto on the top, I've chosen one for the job. It was hard to choose.

      Sharing this hub.

      P.S. I disagree with jockeyfox above. In a perfect world, horses would do fine without humans. They were here before us by a day or two. They were on the American continents even -- roaming free and finding food just fine.

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      whowas 4 years ago

      That's a great collection of horse quotations - some of them very amusing, too!

      I learned to ride at school and then in later life rode daily for several years. I don't have the land for a horse now but I dream of it still. And not just riding, but I have always loved all the other stuff; grooming, maintaining saddles and tack - even mucking out! And I also love the smell of horses.

      Thanks.

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      Jen Granger 4 years ago from NY

      WOW Beautiful quotes!!

      This was my favourite!

      "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 (Henry V)"

      Beautiful!

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