Horse quotes, Quotes about Horses

"Straight From The Horse's Mouth"

Several of our quotes are from the Bible which mentions the equine breed (horses and donkeys) many times. It is interesting how the meaning in these passages corresponds to not only horse training, but working with people as well.

Biblical Quotes

Psalm 50:11-

"I know all the fowls upon the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are in my sight."

Numbers 22:21-34 "Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab. But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her to get her back on the road. Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam's foot against it. So he beat her again. Then the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat her with his staff. Then the LORD opened the donkey's mouth, ! and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?" Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now." The donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?" "No," he said. Then the LORD opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown. The angel of the LORD asked him, "Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared her." Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, "I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to ! oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back."

Revelation 19:11 "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war."

Proverbs 12:10

"A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."

Job 39:19-25

"Hast thou given the horse strength? Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?

Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? The glory of his nostrils is terrible.

He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.

He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.

The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.

He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting."


4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

8:16 The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein.


3:3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

Do Our Animals Have Souls And Will They Be With God?

These Verses Are Dedicated to the Memory of:

Modoc, November 6th, 1993; Happy Appy, September 07, 2000; Jekky, August 12th, 2001; J'ders, December 25th, 2004;

Bailey, March 4th, 2010; Mustang Sally, July 2nd 2010; Abigail “Abby”, October 19th, 2013.

In Memory of our friend,"Mustang Sally"

End Of Watch: 07/02/10

I believe these few verses tell us what God thinks of the creatures He has

created for us to watch over for a short time until He requires them home:


"I know all the fowls upon the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are mine."
Psalm 50:11

"The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD."
Proverbs 21:31

"Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?"
Ecclesiastes 3:21

"...and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it."
Ecclesiastes 12:7
(In this text, it talks about death in general which is all encompassing for all living creatures.)

"Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?"
Job 38:41

"Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast."
Psalms 36:6

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"
Matthew 6:26

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father."
Matthew 10:29

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God."
Luke 12:6

Cowboy Horse Quotes

Will James- Cowboy and Author lamenting his early days as a wild horse hunter:

"I'm kind of sorry now so many were caught, 'cause I have a lot of respect and admiration for the mustang. The fact that he'd give us back the same medicine we'd hand him, with sometimes a little overdose, only made me feel that in him, I had an opponent worthy of the game. Even though I'd get sore at them when they'd put it over on us and rub it in a little too hard, the satisfaction I'd get at catching some wise bunch didn't last very long when I'd remember they'd be shipped, put to work and maybe starved into being good by some hombre who was afraid of them and didn't savvy at all. For they really belong, not to man, but to that country of junipers and sage, of deep arroyos, mesas---- and freedom."

Red Steagall- "Born to this Land" "...there's nothin' in life that's worth doin', if it cain't be done from a horse..."

J.Frank Dobie- Texan Folklorist, of the Mustangs wrote: "The most beautiful, the most spirited and the most inspiring creature ever to print foot on the grasses of America."

Ken Alstad, Savvy Sayin's- "The future has been losing the wisdom of the past ever since the freeway bypassed the corral.......Damn!

"The good thing about talkin' to your horse is he don't talk back."

"The wildest broncos are those you rode some place else."

"If your hoss knew how puny you wer, he'd stomp you to death."

"Having a jealous wife means if you come home with a hair on your coat, you'd better have the horse to match."

"You can't tell a horse's gait till she's broke."

"The best color on a horse is fat."

"Never tire a grass horse."

"You need spurs on a borrowed horse."

"Saddle your horse before sassin' the boss."

"You've got to control yourself before you kin control your horse."

Epitaph for Clyde Kennedy- "When they lay me down to rest Put my spurs and rope upon my chest
Get my friends to carry me and then go turn my horses free"
-From Ken Chrissley, KSW Quarter Horses, Powell WY

Agustus MacCrae (Robert Duvall-"Lonesome Dove") "Ain't nuthin' like ridin' a fine horse in new country." Contributed By: Art Lawrence

Will Rogers "Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb" Contirbuted By: Calamity

Old Cowboy Proberb: "One white foot, buy'em; Two white feet, try'em; Three white feet, be on the sly; Four white feet, pass'em by."

Impatience: "Hold Your Horses."

Old Age: "Long in the tooth." (A horses front teeth get longer with age.)

Ingratitude: "Never look a gift horse in the mouth."

Not Thinking: "Looks like you've put the cart before the horse."

Hind-Sight- "Its always easy to remember that you should have closed the barn door after the horses have gotten out."

Not being direct: "You're takin' the long way around the barn."

Being Irritated: Author Unknown- “Now don’t go and get a burr under your saddle.” Contributed by Sandee G., WA (Also used as, “he’s/she’s sure got a burr under his/her saddle,” to describe someone who is irritated. Thanks, Sandee!)

Quotes from Historic Military Leaders:

General Robert E. Lee- The following is a note written by Lee to Markie Williams (Mrs. Lee's cousin) who wished to paint a portrait of Lee's horse, "Traveller":

"If I was an artist like you, I would draw a true picture of Traveller; representing his fine proportions, muscular figure, deep chest, short back, strong haunches, flat legs, small head, broad forehead, delicate ears, quick eye, small feet, and black mane and tail. Such a picture would inspire a poet, whose genius could then depict his worth, and describe his endurance of toil, hunger, thirst, heat and cold; and the dangers and suffering through which he has passed. He could dilate upon his sagacity and affection, and his invariable response to every wish of his rider. He might even imagine his thoughts through the long night-marches and days of the battle through which he has passed. But I am no artist Markie, and can therefore only say he is a Confederate grey."

General George S. Patton- "In almost any conceivable theater of operations, situations arise where the presence of horse cavalry, in a ratio of a division to an army, will be of vital moment." "It is the considered opinion, not only of myself but of many other general officers who took their origin from the infantry and artillery, that had we possessed an American cavalry division with pack artillery in Tunisia and in Sicily, not a German would have escaped, because horse cavalry possesses the additional gear ratio which permits it to attain sufficient speed through mountainous country to get behind and hold the enemy until more powerful infantry and tanks can come up and destroy him."

"...He must have a passion - not simply a liking - for horses, for nothing short of an absorbing passion can make him take the necessary interest in his mount...The officer who never looks after his ponies after a game to see that they are properly put away; or who at the end of a long march or hard drill says, "Sergeant, fix up the horses, I'll be back soon," and then beats it, is not building for war; is not earning his pay. He is without pride and lazy, and the men know it and despise him while neglecting the horses." The Cavalryman, by then Major George S. Patton, Jr. 3d Cavalry, 1921

General Omar Bradley- "In contemplated operations in mountainous terrain, plans should include facilities for supply by pack train."

Lieutenant General L.K. Truscot, Jr- "I am firmly convinced that if one squadron of horse cavalry and one pack troop of 200 mules had been available to me at San Stefano on August 1, they would have enabled me to cut off and capture the entire German force opposing me along the north coast road and would have permitted my entry into Messina at least 48 hours earlier."

Major General John P. Lucas on Southern Italy- "Mounted units, schooled in American cavalry doctrine, would have been the perfect solution. Hardened and well trained horseman, possessing mobility and fire power, could have infiltrated through the extended German lines, encircled the delaying detachments, and would have permitted the maintenance of pressure on the retreating enemy main forces by our infantry division in their direct pursuit and would not have given the Germans sufficient time to prepare strong defensive positions to the north. As it was, there was no cavalry available. There were only men on foot--and German infantry withdrawing on good roads could move more rapidly than American Infantry could move over rugged terrain."

Mr. John Hunter, an English visitor to Mt. Vernon in 1785, in a letter to a friend makes the following reference to the horses of George Washington:

"When dinner was over, we visited the General's stables, saw his magnificent horses, among them "Old Nelson," now twenty-two years of age, that carried the General almost always during the war. "Blueskin," another fine old horse, next to him, had that honor. They had heard the roaring of many a cannon in their time. "Blueskin" was not the favorite on account of his not standing fire so well as venerable "Old Nelson." The General makes no manner of use of them now. He keeps them in a nice stable, where they feed away at their ease for their past services."

Various Equine Quotations

The 6W Ranch

"The hardest horses to train are received by those who are the most apathetic of the training process and personal progression with their animal."

Karen West

"A horse has no future. It cannot greet the sun and say today will be better. It can only reflect upon days of past experiences. It is our job to create a positive past."

Phil West

"You don't break these animals, you come to an understanding with them."


"A good man will take care of his horses and dogs, not only while they are young, but also when they are old and past service." Contributed by C.M. Burns

Robert Smith Surtees

"There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse."

Winston Churchill

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."

Edmund Spenser

"Hard is to teach an old horse amble true."

D.H. Lawrence

"Far back, far back in our dark soul the horse prances ... The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action ..."

Peter Gray

"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."

Benjamin Franklin

" For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for the want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail."

John Adams

"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order."

William Cowper

"Whose only fit companion is his horse."


"A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"

R.B. Cunningham Graham

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

The Arabian Knights

"'I see nothing unusual,' replied the king. 'True, the mane is a handsome one. Yes, he is twice the size of the horses we keep here in the stables. His form is handsome. His eyes are bright -' 'That is not all,' interrupted the traveler. 'You have only to climb on his back and wish yourself anywhere in the world - and, no matter how far the distance, in a flash of time too short to count you will find yourself there. It is this, Your Highness, that makes my horse so wonderful.'"

Nicholas Evans, "The Horse Whisperer"

"'He's not going to look back if you don't,' he said, 'They're the most forgiving creatures god ever made.'"

Monica Dickens, "Talking of Horses..."

"When I can't ride anymore, I shall still keep horses as long as I can hobble about with a bucket and a wheelbarrow. When I can't hobble, I shall roll my wheelchair out to the fence of the field where my horses graze, and watch them."

Ben Johnson (1572-1637 / England), "Explorata: Illiteratus Princeps"

"They say that 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."

William Cavendish

"A boy is a long time before he knows his alphabet, longer before he has learned to spell, and perhaps several years before he can read distinctly; and yet there are some people who, as soon as they get on a horse, entirely undressed and untaught, fancy that by beating and spurring they will make him a dressed horse in one morning only. I would fain ask such stupid people whether by beating a boy they would teach him to read without first showing him the alphabet? Sure, they would beat him to death, before they would make him read."

John Wayne, "North To Alaska"

"Women, I never met one yet that was half as reliable as a horse."

Fred Astaire, "Top-Hat"

"In dealing with a girl or a horse, one lets nature take it's course."

W.C. Fields

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people." Contributed by: Gayle Arnold

Victor Hugo

"I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets
and frighten the horses." Contributed by: Gayle Arnold

Groucho Marx

"Why, I'd horse-whip you if I had a horse."

William Shakespear- "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; He is pure air and fire;" Contributed by Julie Kirk

Author Unkown- "The Horse. Man's noblest companion."

The following have been contributed by our good friend from Tucson AZ, Ron Kiley. Thanks Ron:

Gervase Markham- "...there is a secret pleasing and cherishing of the horse with the bridle, which the rider must accomplish with so unperceiving a motion that none but the beast may know it."

Walter Farley- Author of the Black Stallion series

Yet when the books have read and reread, it boils down to the horse, his human companion, and what goes on between them.

John Astley- "But if a rider teach his horse to go with the bridle loose...he would
thus lead him to do everything in...pleasure and pride."

Colonel Podhajsky- "If a horse becomes more beautiful* in the course of his work, it is a
sign that the training principles are correct."

JRD- "A relationship built on trust is stronger than one resulting from truce."

Vicki Hearne - "I never encountered a horse in whose soul there was no harmony to call on."

Colonel Podhajsky- "..the rider who rests content with imitations of beauty* finds his horses going crazy, altho sometimes not violently enough to be noticed."

Charles de Kunffy- "The horse knows how to be a horse if we will leave him alone... but the riders don't know how to ride. What we should be doing is creating riders and that takes care of the horse immediately."

"In partnership with a horse, one is seldom lacking for thought, emotion and inspiration. One is always attended by a great companion."

Stanley Schmidt- "Through our entire history we have become accustomed to pushing [animals] around in ways dictated by our own wants and needs without much regard for theirs.

Marcus Aurelius- "...It is also good to pet the beast while he eats so that he will relax."

Pluvinel, 350 yrs. ago- "We shall take great care not to annoy the horse and spoil his friendly charm, for it is like the scent of a blossom - once lost it will never return."

*The words beauty and beautiful in these contexts lean more towards a meaning of truth, trust, or spirit rather than physical beauty.

Author Unkown- The Horse: Friendship without envy, Beauty without vanity, Nobility without conceit, A willing partner, yet no slave.

Ronni Sweet-"It is the horse's gift to connect us with Heaven and our own footsteps."

Franz Mairinger:- From the book: "Horses Are Made To Be Horses": "...the Lord looked down on a Sunday morning and saw that something was missing - something that represented His patience, His understanding, His love, His everything, indeed all that was good - and He created the horse." Contributed by: Susannah Blair, Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia.

Old Gaelic proverb- "Cha chòir an t-each glan a chur uige." (The willing horse should not be spurred.) Contributed by:Barbara Burton of Cloughrinka Stables, Webb, Alabama

A Civil War Quote Kept by a Family- "It'll never be noticed on a galloping horse",
was what one of my ancestors said as her son rode off to the Civil War wearing a uniform made of the wool of a black sheep and white sheep spun and woven together. There had been no dye with which to color the wool grey, so she and a daughter had improvised in order to make the uniform. We have always used the expression to indicate not to worry unnecessarily over small details. The son did not return from the war.
Contributed by: Anne Wood, Lexington, Kentucky

Author Unknown- My treasures do not click together or glitter, they gleam in the sun and neigh in the night. Contributed by: Candi Parker

Lucy Rees- Riding is a partnership. The horse lends you his strength, speed and grace, which are greater than yours. For your part you give him your guidance, intelligence and understanding, which are greater than his. Together you can achieve a richness that alone neither can. Contributed by: Candi Parker

The following were submitted by Art Lawrence- Bishop, CA

Stephen Vincent Benet, Jophn Brown's Body, bk. iv. Such horses are The jewels of the horseman's hands and thighs, They go by the word and hardly need the rein.

Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard, erary Bible If you ride a horse, sit close and tight, If you ride a man, sit easy and light. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Saddle leather is in some respects even preferable to sole-leather.... One's hepar, or, in vulgar language, liver,...goes up and down like the dasher of a churn in the midst of the other vital arrangements, at every step of a trotting horse. The brains also are shaken up like coppers in a money-box.

Elsie Venner- Hurrah, hurrah for Sheridan! Hurrah, hurrah for horse and man! And when their statues are placed on high, Under the dome of the Union sky,- The American soldier's Temple of Fame,- There with the glorious General's name Be it said in letters both bold and bright: "Here is the steed that saved the day By carrying Sheridan into the fight, From Winchester,--twenty miles away!"

Robert Browning- "Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!" contributed by Patricia Mann

General Philosophy

I have to start with one of all all time Cowboy favorites, John Wayne. Although this is not a horse quote, it is certainley my opinion that these are words to live by:

John Wayne/The Shootist- "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people. I require the same from them."-

Unknown- "Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience."

Unknown "Short visits, make long friendships."
"If you want the rainbow you must stand the rain." Cherokee Indian Reservation, NC Contributed by: Buck Williams

The Mule The Story: One day a farmer's Mule fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the mule. So he invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the mule realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.

With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the mule was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the mule stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.

The Moral: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

Henry Beston, "The Outermost House", 1928. "...For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. The are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth." Contributed by, Diana Linkous

My Horse- My horse has gone ahead now, To blaze a trail for us; To find out every rocky place, Or one where we can’t pass; He'll seek the finest grassland, And water fresh and pure; To make sure when we travel on, Our path beyond is clear; He’s never let me down before, I know now and I see; He’ll blaze our trail to heaven, And come back one day for me. ©Kate Howe 2004/California Rancher (Used with the permission of the author.)

Waddie Mitchell- Ridin' for the brand is an often misunderstood concept in that it requires an obligation from both parties.