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Horse Idioms and Sayings

Updated on May 15, 2010

Horse Idioms and Sayings

Horse Idioms and Sayings
Horse Idioms and Sayings

Horse Idioms we all hear and one place.

Over time I have gathered a list of horse idioms I've read or heard people use. So, I keep adding to list as I come across them.

If you know of any others that aren't on the list below please email me at and be sure to put "horse idiom" in the subject line so I don't miss it. Thanks!

NOTE: Be sure to contact our website to see the
updated list of Horse Idioms and Sayings

My list is below.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Straight from the horse's mouth.

A charlie horse

A horse of another different color

Every horse thinks its own pack heaviest

A one-horse race

A Trojan horse

I could eat a horse

He eats like a horse

Don't back the wrong horse

Don't beat a dead horse

Don't change horses in midstream

Don't put the cart before the horse

Don't spare the horses

For want of a nail the shoe is lost,
for want of a shoe the horse is lost,
for want of a horse the rider is lost.

Get off your high horse

Get it straight from the horse's mouth

Hold your horses!

Stop horsing around

That's a horse of another color

A dark horse

Horse sense

Horses for courses

If two ride on a horse, one must ride behind

If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse

This is a one-horse town

Play the ponies

Put a horse out to pasture

Don't put the cart before the horse

Shut the stable door after the horse has bolted

He's strong as a horse

Wild horses couldn't drag him away

That's horseplay

Get on one's hobby horse

Here's some reader submissions:

One white hoof, buy him, two white hooves, try him, three white hooves, pass him by, four white hooves, feed him to the buzzards.
(from a John Wayne movie, but still an old time favorite)

The original saying before the John Wayne movie: One white foot shy
Two white feet try
Three white feet deny
Four white feet buy.
Brenda says: "I am 65 years old and when I was coming up in the horse world the above was the gospel according to the old time traders and they practiced it. I have seen many a dang good horse passed up by some of them because he had three stockings. Strange but true"

Never talk bad about a man's horse,
dog, or wife, in that order.
(Words of wisdom I picked up
as a boy from an old rancher)

Fun reading!

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      Braeden Casware 

      3 years ago

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      4 years ago

      I've got to pee like a racehorse.

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      I think you should wrigh ideom horse peoms

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      5 years ago

      My partner and i accustomed to find high on existence yet recently I have built up any opposition.

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      6 years ago

      i love these were doing a project at school

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      Paint the Wind!! 

      7 years ago

      These are REALLY good!!! Im doing a project on horse idioms and these are perfect for what i need! :) Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the posting. The saying, "One white hoof, buy him, two white hooves, try him, three white hooves, pass him by, four white hooves, feed him to the buzzards," was also used in the 70s film, "Casey's Shadow." Walter Matthau recited it to discredit a young newborn that overcomes low expectations to be a winner.


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