52 Famous and Inspirational Horse Quotes and Sayings

Horses are one of the most majestic creatures that walk our planet. With their silky manes and their fearless galloping, horses have always been admired by many throughout the world.

As a spirit animal, horses represent unbridled passion, a wild and free spirit, and authority. Native Americans consider them as “God dogs.”

Besides being symbols of freedom and success, horses have played a role in the many wars and battles of human history. Many great warriors and conquerors like Napoleon Bonaparte and Julius Caesar have their noble steed to ride them to action.

In mythology, horses appear as unicorns or as a Pegasus. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding to cause death, famine, war, and pestilence atop their steed.

Embrace your freedom and unleash your passion through some of the most famous and inspirational horse quotes and sayings.

1. “A good horse should be seldom spurred.” — Thomas Fuller

2. “We are like horses who hurt themselves as soon as they pull on their bits – and we bow our heads. We even lose consciousness of the situation, we just submit. Any re-awakening of thought is then painful.” — Simone Weil

3. “Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one’s own Trojan horse.” — Rebecca West

4. “My two great loves are music and horses.” — Betty Buckley

5. “Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.” — Thomas Mann

"Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion." — Thomas Mann #horse #quotes #animal #companion

6. “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

7. “The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.”John Steinbeck

8. “Competitions are for horses, not artists.” — Bela Bartok

9. “When my horse is running good, I don’t stop to give him sugar.” — Douglas Horton

10. “But I never worked with a northern horse before. They are very different from western horses.” — Julie Benz

11. “A camel is a horse designed by committee.” — Alec Issigonis

12. “An orator without judgment is a horse without a bridle.” — Theophrastus

13. “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

14. “Although I agree that wild horses are a symbol of the American West, I also believe that it is the responsibility of Congress to ensure that these animals are managed, protected, and controlled in an effective manner.” — Jon Porter

15. “Horses make a landscape look beautiful.” — Alice Walker

"Horses make a landscape look beautiful." — Alice Walker #horse #quotes #landscape #beautiful

16. “What we are seeking so frantically elsewhere may turn out to be the horse we have been riding all along.” — Harvey Cox

17. “Alimony is like buying hay for a dead horse.” — Groucho Marx

18. “You took care of your horse, and your horse took care of you.” — Elton Gallegly

19. “Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.” — Arthur Wellesley

20. “The only time some people work like a horse is when the boss rides them.” — Gabriel Heatter

21. “Every horse thinks its own pack heaviest.” — Thomas Fuller

22. “I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice.” — Linda McCartney

23. “The horse stares at its captor, barely remembering the free kicks of youth.” — Mason Cooley

24. “A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.” — Ian Fleming

25. “The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.” — Ovid

"The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged." — Ovid #horse #quotes #spirited #run

26. “It’s been argued that of all the animals humans have domesticated, the horse is the most important to our history. For thousands of years, horses were our most reliable mode of transportation.” — Elton Gallegly

27. “Old minds are like old horses you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” — John Adams

28. “But we ought to consider the natural form and shape of a horse, that we may work him according to nature.” — William Cavendish

29. “Horses and mules, and even sail cars, made more rapid progress than did the earliest locomotive.” — John Moody

30. “Ride the horse in the direction that it’s going.” — Werner Erhard

31. “A husband is very much like a house or a horse.” — Anthony Trollope

32. “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

33. “A horse is a thing of beauty… none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor.” — Xenophon

34. “If a poet knows more about a horse than he does about heaven, he might better stick to the horse, and some day the horse may carry him into heaven.” — Charles Ives

35. “When a man’s mind rides faster than his horse can gallop they quickly both tire.” — John Webster

"When a man's mind rides faster than his horse can gallop they quickly both tire." — John Webster #horse #quotes #man #mind

36. “You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be led.” — Stan Laurel

37. “A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.” — Ovid

38. “Don’t worry about the horse being blind, just load the wagon.” — John Madden

39. “A man in passion rides a horse that runs away with him.” — Thomas Fuller

40. “As a good horse is not very apt to jump over a bank, if left to guide himself, I let mine pick his own way.” — Buffalo Bill

41. “But there is nothing to be done till a horse’s head is settled.” — William Cavendish

42. “The difference between an author and a horse is that the horse doesn’t understand the horse dealer’s language.” — Max Frisch

43. “It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.”Mark Twain

44. “Industry is a better horse to ride than genius.” — Walter Lippmann

45. “The wildest colts make the best horses.” — Plutarch

"The wildest colts make the best horses." — Plutarch #horse #quotes #colt

46. “If a horse won’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it.” — Richie Allen

47. “You’re better off betting on a horse than betting on a man. A horse may not be able to hold you tight, but he doesn’t wanna wander from the stable at night.” Betty Grable

48. “To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

49. “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

50. “You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load.” — Paul Bryant

51. “In summer winter rain or sun, it’s good to be on horseback.” — Mike Oldfield

52. “Race horses are like golfers, you’re never sure how they’re going to come out of the stalls. It’s just – hopefully the horses come out of the race all right, just fit and ready to go again in the near future, but 3rd was good. It’s paid for its hay.” — Lee Westwood

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