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  • What are your favorite horse quotes?

    I've looked through a bunch of sites, but I can't seem to find any that I love . What're your favorites?

  • #2
    Here's one I like a lot...

    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.
    England’s past has been borne on his back. All our history is his industry; we are his heirs, he our inheritance.

    The Horse!

    ~Ronald Duncan, "The Horse," 1954

    It is memorable for me because it was always read out at the closing ceremony on Sunday Gala Night at the Horse of the Year Show... still is, probably. I used to watch HOYS on telly every year and when this poem was read out and the camera panned round the equine stars and their riders in the main arena it never failed to bring a tear to my eye.


    • #3
      "To make a small fortune in the horse business, you need to start with a large fortune"


      • #4
        Two Favorites

        I really like these two quotes:

        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

        Four things greater than all things are, -
        Women and Horses and Power and War.
        ~Rudyard Kipling, "The Ballad of the King's Jest"


        • #5
          My signature contains my fave.
          "look deep into his pedigree. Look for the name of a one-of-a-kind horse who lends to his kin a fierce tenacity, a will of iron, a look of eagles. Look & know that Slew is still very much with us."


          • #6
            I can't find it now, but probably the one where he says something to the effect of riding not being like a deck of cards that you can simply pick up and play from time to time - you have to do it all the time to be good at it.

            When people at my office see me leaving to go ride, I swear I know they think I'm just going out to meander down some trail (which I do enjoy by the way). It doesn't dawn on them that you are actually training towards a goal. They don't realize that you actually have to keep at it up there to be decently functional on a horse's back. When I told someone at work that they said, "Really?" in such disbelief.

            "If you have the time, spend it. If you have a hand, lend it. If you have the money, give it. If you have a heart, share it." by me


            • #7
              "On a scale of 10-14.2, ponies are a kid's best friend."

              Don't know the author; it was on a poster sold by Miller's in the 80's.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Anyplace Farm View Post
                I can't find it now, but probably the one where he says something to the effect of riding not being like a deck of cards that you can simply pick up and play from time to time - you have to do it all the time to be good at it.…
                "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."


                (I have a mug w/the quote on it )


                • #9
                  I'm still taken with the one from the Koran...

                  "Thou shalt fly without wings, and conquer without sword..."
                  When someone shows you who they are, BELIEVE them- Maya Angelou


                  • #10
                    If wishes were horses then beggars would ride
                    "The ability to write a check for attire should not be confused with expertise. Proficiency doesn't arrive shrink-wrapped from UPS and placed on your doorstep."


                    • #11
                      The one in my signature is from a cbc report from "The Current", they were talking about drug abuse and the reporter was saying how he came upon an old drunk in a bar with a little bit of life-wisdom.

                      I may not be a specifically horse-quote, but I still think it's hilarious & very wise.

                      (and I'm paraphrasing, the guy didn't say "bum")
                      "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
                      Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
                      Need You Now Equine


                      • #12
                        this one always takes my breath away:

                        "Many have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed."
                        -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
                        2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                        A helmet saved my life.


                        • #13
                          Anything by Willem. He had all the knowledge that needed to be known. Thank you Coreene.
                          Life is great when you can hug a horse.


                          • #14
                            "When I am on a horse, only God is taller than I"
                            Spanish Proverb
                            "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant


                            • #15
                              ~And her stride revealed a goddess~
                              Hillary Rodham Clinton - the peoples choice for president.


                              • #16
                                Vicarious Rider,

                                Your quote by Kant is the rule I use to judge a person. Hands down, the absolute truth!


                                • #17
                                  "To ride a horse is to borrow freedom."
                                  Author Unknown


                                  • #18
                                    "The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man" (or something like that)

                                    -Winston Churchill
                                    Leap, and the net will appear


                                    • #19
                                      "Better for a young lady to be with a gelding in the field than a stud in the bushes."

                                      Someone actually said that to my dad when he mentioned I rode. I love it.


                                      • #20
                                        I'm quoting from memory, because I can't find a hit on Google:

                                        Look over man's struggle for freedom,
                                        Trace your present day might to it's source,
                                        You'll find that man's pathway to glory,
                                        Was paved with the bones of a horse.
                                        Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans