Horse Quips/Sayings

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Horse Sayings/Quips

The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears -- Arabian proverb

Show me your horse and I will show you what you are -- Traditional British saying

The seat on a horse makes gentlemen of some and grooms of others -- Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

A canter is the cure for all evils -- Benjamin Disraeli
There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse -- R.S. Surtees, Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour(1853)
I wish your horses swift and sure of foot; And so I do command you to their backs -- William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Hast thou given the horse strength? Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? -- Job 39:19
O, for a horse with wings -- William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
A good horse should be seldom spurred -- Thomas Fuller
No one can teach riding so well as a horse -- C.S. Lewis
He is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him. He is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts -- William Shakespeare, Henry V
What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much do you think we spend altogether on our libraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses? -- John Ruskin (1865)
His mane is like a river flowing, and his eyes like embers glowing in the darkness of the night, and his pace as swift as light -- Bryan Waller Proctor, The Blood Horse
I will not change my horse with any that treads but on four pasterns. When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk. He trots the air. The earth sings when he touches it. -- William Shakespeare, Henry V
The hooves of a horse! Oh! Witching and sweet is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet; no whisper of love, no trilling of bird can stir me as hooves of the horse have stirred. -- Will H. Ogilvie
A hurry of hoofs in a village street, a shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark, and beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark struck out from a steed flying fearless and fleet; that was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light, the fate of a nation was riding that night. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Paul Revere's Ride
I have seen flowers come in stony places and kind things done by men with ugly faces, and the gold cup won by the worst horse at the races, so I trust, too -- John Masefield
I heard a neigh, Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh it was. My very heart leaped with the sound -- Nathaniel Hawthorne
God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses -- Robert Bontine Cunninghame-Graham, letter to Theodore Roosevelt, 1890
The English country gentelman galloping after a fox - The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable -- Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance
It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river -- Abraham Lincoln (1864)
When Allah created the horse, he said to the wind, 'I will that a creature proceed from thee. Condense thyself.' And the wind condensed itself, and the result was the horse -- King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry, 1948
The best horse doesn't always win the race -- Irish proverb
Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping -- Julius Hare, Guesses at Truth (1827)
A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! -- William Shakespeare, King Richard, III, V, 4
Different horses fall to one's lot at different times, and the same horse serves you one way at one time and another at another -- Xenophon, The Art of Horsemanship, 430 B.C.
Take the life of cities! Here's the life for me. 'T were a thousand pities not to gallop free -- Anonymous, Riding Song
They say Princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a Prince as soon as his groom -- Ben Johnson, Explorata
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people -- W.C. Fields
I took my horse to market and lost her on the way, for dappled were the moors with rain, and she was dapple gray -- Traditional nursery rhyme
On the wings of the morning they gather and fly, in the hush of the nighttime I hear them go by, the horses of memory thundering through with flashing white fetlocks all wet with the dew -- Will H. Ogilvie, The Hooves of Horses
If wishes were horses, beggars might ride -- John Ray, English Proverd
Just a-ridin', a-ridin', desert ripplin' in the sun, mountains blue among the skyline I don't envy anyone when I'm ridin' -- Badger Clark, Ridin' , 1915
The sturdy steed now goes to grass and up they hang his saddle -- Francis Beaumont
Go anywhere in England where there are natural, wholesome, contented, and really nice English people; and what do you always find? That the stables are the real center of the household -- George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House
One white foot, buy a horse; two white feet, try a horse; three white feet, look well about him; four white feet, do without him -- Anonymous
Spare the lash, my boy, and hold reins more firmly! -- Ovid, Metamorphoses
Let us ride together, blowing mane and hair, careless of the weather, miles ahead of care, ring of hoof and snaffle, swing of waist and hip, trotting down the twisted road with the world let slip -- Anonymous, Riding Song

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