Oh wasn't it naughty of Smudges?
Oh Mummy, I'm sick with disgust.
She threw me in front of the judges,
And my silly old collar-bone's bust. John Betjeman
It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This,
however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and
take it as required. Stephen Leacock
With flowing tail and flying mane,
Wide nostrils, never stretched by pain,
Mouth bloodless to bit or rein,
And feet that iron never shod,
And flanks unscar'd by spur or rod
A thousand horses - the wild - the free -
Like waves that follow o'er the sea,
Came thickly thundering on. Lord Byron
Feeling down? Saddle up. Author Unknown
I'd ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
For giblet gravy and cranberry sauce,
Two treats which are held in reserve by the waiter
Till you've finished your turkey and mashed potater. Ogden Nash
Even an E-type Jaguar looks merely flash beside a really smart
pony and trap. Marion C. Garretty
The horses paw and prance and neigh,
Fillies and colts like kittens play,
And dance and toss their rippled manes
Shining and soft as silken skeins;... Oliver Wendell Holmes
Four things greater than all things are, -
Women and Horses and Power and War. Rudyard Kipling The Ballad of the King's Jest.
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. Nursery Rhyme
A horse which stops dead just before a jump and thus propels
its rider into a graceful arc provides a splendid excuse for
general merriment. Duke of Edinburgh
Again the early-morning sun was generous with its warmth. All
the sounds dear to a horseman were around me - the snort of
the horses as they cleared their throats, the gentle swish of
their tails, the tinkle of irons as we flung the saddles over
their backs - little sounds of no importance, but they stay
in the unconscious library of memory. Wynford Vaughan-Thomas
Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
With rings on her fingers,
And bells on her toes,
She shall have music,
Wherever she goes. Nursery Rhyme
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 Jonson Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter and
Some Poems, Illiteratus princeps.
I've been through the desert on a horse with no name,
It felt good to be out of the rain.
In the desert you can remember your name,
'Cause there's ain't no one for to give you no pain. Dewey Bunnell From song, A Horse With No Name.
I bless the hoss from hoof to head -
From head to hoof, and tale to mane! -
I bless the hoss, as I have said,
From head to hoof, and back again! James Whitcomb Riley
Small children are convinced that ponies deserve to see the
inside of the house. Maya Patel
A horse can lend its rider the speed and strength he or she
lacks, but the rider who is wise remembers it is no more than
a loan. Pam Brown
Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient. Ronald Duncan The Horse, 1954.
One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are
not trying to impress other birds and horses. Dale Carnegie
The horse through all its trials has preserved the sweetness
of paradise in its blood. Johannes Jensen
Horses lend us the wings we lack. Author Unknown
Spending that many hours in the saddle gave a man plenty of
time to think. That's why so many cowboys fancied themselves
Philosophers. Charles M. Russell
I go about looking at horses and cattle. They eat grass, make
love, work when they have to, bear their young. I am sick with
envy of them. Sherwood Anderson
Somewhere in time's own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some paradise where horses go,
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again. Stanley Harrison
People have always cared me a bit, you see - they're so complicated.
I suppose that's why I prefer horses. From movie, Separate Tables, 1958.
There are unknown worlds of knowledge in brutes; and whenever
you mark a horse, or a dog, with a peculiarly mild, calm, deep-seated
eye, be sure he is an Aristotle or a Kant, tranquilly speculating
upon the mysteries in man. No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend
us as dogs and horses. They see through us at a glance. And
after all, what is a horse but a species of four-footed dumb
man, in a leathern overall, who happens to live upon oats, and
toils for his masters, half-requited or abused, like the biped
hewers of wood and drawers of water? But there is a touch of
divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that
should forever exempt him from indignities. As for those majestic,
magisterial truck-horses of the docks, I would as soon think
of striking a judge on the bench, as to lay violent hand upon
their holy hides. Herman Melville Redburn. His First Voyage, 1849.
In my opinion, a horse is the animal to have. Eleven-hundred
pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs
- it's something you just can't get from a pet hamster. Author Unknown
If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question,
or asked the question wrong. Pat Parelli
Gipsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun
and neighs in the dark. Claddaugh Gypsies of Galway Attributed.
I prefer a bike to a horse. The brakes are more easily checked. Lambert Jeffries
To back the flying steed, that challenges
The wind for speed! - seems native more of air
Than earth! - whose burden only lends him fire! -
Whose soul, in his task, turns labour into sport;
Who makes your pastime his! I sit him now!
He takes away my breath! He makes me reel!
I touch not earth - I see not - hear not. All
Is ecstasy of motion! James Sheridan Knowles The Love-Chase.
My horse's feet are as swift as rolling thunder
He carries me away from all my fears
And when the world threatens to fall asunder
His mane is there to wipe away my tears. Bonnie Lewis
If you want a stable friendship, get a horse. Author Unknown
The hooves of horses!
Oh! witching and sweet
Is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet;
No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird,
Can stir me as much as hooves of horses
Have stirred. Will H. Ogilvie