40 Best Horse Quotes & Proverbs for Equine Inspiration

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Horses have been around us for generations, and they’ve become a very important part of our daily lives over the centuries. While they don’t have the same significance as they used to, we still use them for leisure, work, or sporting events. Poets, scientists, researchers, and equine experts have come up with countless horse quotes over the years.

The best horse quotes emphasize the unique beauty of equines and their important role in our society. Apart from carrying us around and pulling carts for us, horses inspire us to be better and kinder. They really do bring out the best in humanity.

Below you will find 20 of the best horse quotes and proverbs that I know of. Some of them are horse proverbs from various cultures, while others were coined by renowned individuals throughout time.

Let’s start off with some of the most famous horse quotes in the world, and we’ll carry on with some wisdom-filled horse proverbs afterward.

Horse Quotes.

“A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” – King Richard the Third play by William Shakespeare.

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“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.” – Mark Halprin.

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“One can get in a car and see what man has made. One must get on a horse to see what God has made.” – Author Unknown.

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“God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses.” – R.B. Cunningham Graham.

” I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a horse.” – John Galsworthy.

“A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care. Put your hand on your horse and your heart in your hand.” – Pat Parelli.

“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne.

“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 treats.” – Author Unknown.

“A horse gallops with his lungs. Perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character.” – Tesio.

“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.

“When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.” – Winston Churchill.

“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.

“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.” – Pam Brown.

“I can make a General in five minutes, but a good horse is hard to replace” – Abraham Lincoln.

“I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.” – Ronald Reagan.

“We have almost forgotten how strange a thing it is that so huge and powerful and intelligent an animal as a horse should allow another, and far more feeble animal, to ride upon its back.” – Peter Gray.

“And indeed, a horse who bears himself proudly is a thing of such beauty and astonishment that he attracts the eyes of all beholders.” – Xenophon.

“You and your horse. His strength and beauty. Your knowledge and patience and determination and understanding and love. That’s what fuses the two of you onto this marvelous partnership that makes you wonder.” – Monica Dickens.

“A pony is a childhood dream. A horse is an adulthood treasure.” – Rebecca Carroll.

“There are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favorite places is on the back of my horse.” – Rolf Kopfle.

Horse proverbs.

“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.” – English proverb.

“Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear, and man from all sides.” – Russian proverb.

“Set a beggar on horseback and he’ll out ride the Devil.” – German proverb.

“My treasures do not clink together or glitter; They gleam in the sun and neigh in the night.” – Arabian proverb.

“You think you lost your horse? Who knows, he may bring a whole herd back to you someday.” – Chinese proverb.

“The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never.” – Yiddish proverb.

“A horse cannot gain weight if not fed with extra fodder during the night; a man cannot become wealthy without earnings apart from his regular salaries.” – Chinese proverb.

“Youth sheds many a skin. The steed does not retain its speed forever.” – Irish proverb.

“It’s too late to close the stable door after the horse has bolted.” – French proverb.

“Misfortunes come on horseback and depart on foot.” – French proverb.

“It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.” – Russian proverb.

“Look not a gift horse in the mouth.” – English proverb.

“Good people get cheated, just as good horses get ridden.” – Chinese proverb.

“Don’t change horses while crossing a stream.” – American proverb.

“Have a horse of your own and then you may borrow another’s.” – Welsh proverb.

“You can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.” – English proverb.

“And God took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath upon it, and created the horse.” – Chinese proverb.

“Horses fly without wings and conquer without swords.” – Bedouin proverb.

“The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.” – Arabian proverb.

“A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you.” – Unknown.

Final words.

The list above contains some of the most common horse quotes and proverbs out there, but some of them were rather unique and hard to find. I hope that you enjoyed this list and that you’ll share it with your friends if you found it useful.

if you have any other horse quotes that you’d like to see included in this article, feel free to share them with me and I’ll update the post accordingly.