101 Horse Quotes for Horse Lovers

Horse quotes

We all love horses — how could you not? These majestic, powerful, and loving creatures are so much fun to ride around nature on or just admire from afar. For thousands of years, humans have had a connection to horses both as transportation and, more recently, as long-time companions.

It makes sense, then, that some of these horse owners would translate their love for horses into a beautiful quote that thousands have read. Below are 101 of our favorite horse quotes, containing a healthy mixture of silly, serious, and sweet quotes from prominent figures or anonymous writers.

Use these quotes for captions for Instagram pictures with your horse, share them to your fellow equestrians, or just have fun reading through these 101 horse quotes!

101 Of The Best Horse Quotes

  1. “A pony is a childhood dream; a horse is an adult treasure.” – Rebecca Carroll
  2. “Horses lend us the wings we lack.” – Unknown
  3. “We will never have to tell our horse that we are sad, happy, confident, angry, or relaxed. He already knows – long before we do.” – Marjike de Jong
  4. “If you want a stable friendship, get a horse.” – Unknown
  5. “No matter how big or small you are, your horse is always there for you when you need your spirit lifted.” – Unknown
  6. “There are some things better left unsaid… but you can bet a cowgirl will say them anyway!” – Unknown
  7. “In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” – Helen Thomson
  8. “Life is like a dressage test. If you’re too busy thinking about your last move, the next one won’t be any good either.” – Unknown
  9. “The hardest thing about riding… is the ground.” – Unknown
  10. “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
  11. “Horses are like shoes – you need one in every color.” – Unknown
  12. “What does riding horses give us? An escape from the world. Exercise in fresh air. Adrenaline rushes. Healing through the bond.” – Unknown
  13. “In the end, we don’t know what horses can do. We only know that when, over the past thousands of years, we have asked something more of them, at least some of them have readily supplied it.” – Jane Smiley
  14. “…for there is no other feeling in the world to compare with it if one loves a great horse. It gives a thrill that nothing else ever can. It cannot be put into words, because words cannot express it.” – Samuel Riddle
  15. “There are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favorite places is on the back of my horse.” – Rolf Kopfle girl riding horse quotes
  16. “We who choose to surround ourselves with lives more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful aps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan. The life of a horse, often half our own, seems endless until one day. That day has come and gone for me, and I am once again within a somewhat smaller circle.” – Irving Townsend
  17. “The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and freedom.”– Sharon Ralls Lemon
  18. “The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on. It is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible, the change is for the better.” – Unknown
  19. “A man on a horse is spiritually as well as physically bigger than a man on foot.” – John Steinbeck
  20. “One can get in a car and see what man has made. One must get on a horse to see what God has made.” – Unknown
  21. “In the steady gaze of the horse shines a silent eloquence that speaks of love and loyalty, strength and courage. It is the window that reveals to us how willing is his spirit, how generous his heart.” – Unknown
  22. “It is the horse’s gift to connect us with Heaven and our own footsteps.” Ronni Sweet
  23. “No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.” Herman Melville
  24. “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
  25. “A great horse will change your life. The truly special ones define it.” Unknown
  26. “The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse.” Unknown
  27. “Stay away from a horse long enough and you’ll start tapping your fingers to the beat of a trot.” Unknown
  28. “Then they worry, because no matter how brilliantly they perform their jobs, success comes down to the horses, and Thoroughbreds are anarchists at heart.” Nan Mooney
  29. “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.”Peter Gray
  30. “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Sir Winston ChurchillHorse grazing in field by water quote
  31. “God forbid that I should go to any Heaven in which there are no horses.” – R.B. Cunninghame Graham
  32. “I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a horse.” – John Galsworthy
  33. “One who believes that he has mastered the art of horsemanship has not yet begun to understand the horse.” – Unknown
  34. “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.” – William Shakespeare
  35. “A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character.” – Tesio
  36. “Before I loved horses, I had nothing to live for. Now I love horses and can’t stop seeing things to live for.” – Unknown
  37. “A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger than a man on foot.” – John Steinbeck
  38. “A canter is a cure for every evil.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  39. “For one to fly, one needs only to take the reins.” – Melissa James
  40. “Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb.” – Will Rogers
  41. “No Heaven can Heaven be, if my horse isn’t there to welcome me.” – Unknown
  42. “Let a horse whisper in your eat and breathe on your heart. You will never regret it.” – Unknown
  43. “A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care. Put your hand on your horse and your heart in your hand.” – Pat Parelli
  44. “Many people have sighed for the ‘good old days’ and regretted the ‘passing of the horse’. But today, when only those who like horses own them, it is a far better time for horses.” – ​C.W. Anderson
  45. “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” – ​John Wayne3 horses in a field quote
  46. ​”A dog looks up to a man. A cat looks own on a man. But a patient horse looks a man in the eye and sees him as an equal.” – Unknown​​
  47. “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” – ​Winston Churchill
  48. “When the Almighty put hoofs on the wind and a bridle on the lightning, He called it a horse.” – Unknown
  49. “Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” – W.C. Fields
  50. “The world is best viewed through the ears of a horse.” – Unknown
  51. “He knows when you’re happy. He knows when you’re comfortable. He knows when you’re confident. And he always knows when you have carrots.” – Unknown
  52. “A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!” – William Shakespeare
  53. “One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that he hears music inside his head.” – Unknown
  54. “Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy, or beauty without vanity? Here where grace is laced with muscle and strength by gentleness confined.” – ​Ronald Duncan
  55. “You took me to adventure and to love. We two have shared great joy and great sorrow. And now I stand at the gate of the paddock watching you run in an ecstacy of freedom, knowing you will return to stand quietly, loyally, beside me.” – ​Pam Brown
  56. “I can make a General in five minutes, but a good horse is hard to replace.” – Abraham Lincoln
  57. “And indeed, a horse who bears himself proudly is a thing of such beauty and astonishment that he attracts the eyes of all beholders. No one will tire of looking at him as long as he will display himself in his splendor.” – ​Xenophon
  58. “A horse is worth more than riches.” – ​Spanish proverb
  59. “There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.” – ​R.S. Surtees
  60. “The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never.” – ​Yiddish proverbHorse laying down quote
  61. ​”Through the days of love and celebration and joy, and through the dark days of mourning – the faithful horse has been with us always.” ​- Elizabeth Cotton​​
  62. “​My horses are my friends, not my slaves.” – Reiner Klimke
  63. “I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh it was. My very heart leapt with the sound.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  64. “The horse, with beauty unsurpassed, strength immeasurable and grace unlike any other, still remains humble enough to carry a man upon his back.” – Amber Senti
  65. “If your horse says “no”, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong.” – Pat Parelli
  66. “Success is like a wild horse. If you do not know how to handle it, it will throw you off and look for another rider who can handle it well.” – Ajith Kumar
  67. “At its finest, rider and horse are joined not by tack, but by trust. Each is totally reliant upon the other. Each is the selfless guardian of the other’s very well-being.” – Unknown
  68. “I call horses ‘divine mirrors’ – they reflect back the emotions you put in. If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the horse will return that.” – ​Allan Hamilton
  69. “When a horse greets you with a nicker and regards you with a large and liquid eye, the question of where you want to be has been answered.” – Unknown
  70. “One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.” – ​Viggo Mortensen
  71. “Your horse’s behavior always seems to depend on the number of people watching you.” – Unknown
  72. “You try to do the best with what you’ve got and ignore everything else. That’s why horses get blinders in hose racing: You look at the horse next to you, and you lose a step.” – Jimmy Lovine
  73. “We kept him until he died… and sat with him during the long last minutes when a horse comes closest to seeming human.” – ​C.J. Mullen
  74. “Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.” – ​Saint Augustine
  75. “​All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.” – ​Louis ArmstrongHorse head quote
  76. ​”When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.” – ​Sir Winston Churchill
  77. “A horse is a thing of beauty… none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor.” – ​Xenophon
  78. “Bread may feed my body, but my horse feeds my soul.” – Unknown
  79. “The only sport I’m not interested in is horse racing. That’s because I don’t know the horses personally.” – ​Nat King Cole
  80. “A dog may be man’s best friend… but the horse wrote history.” – Unknown
  81. “Being on a horse is one of my most natural places to be.” – ​Sinbad
  82. “He has galloped through young girl’s dreams, added richness to grown women’s lives, and served men in war and strife.” – Toni Robinson
  83. “It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” – ​Adlai Stevenson I
  84. “The love for a horse is just as complicated as the love for another human being… if you never love a horse, you will never understand.” – Unknown
  85. “If you are fearful, a horse will back off. If you are calm and confident, it will come forward. For those who are often flattered or feared, the horse can be a welcome mirror of the best in human nature.” – ​Claire Balding
  86. “A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.” – Unknown
  87. “If a horse has four legs, and I’m riding it, I think I can win.” – ​Charles Caleb Colton
  88. “You and your horse. His strength and beauty. Your knowledge and patience and determination and understanding and love. That’s what fuses the two of you onto this marvelous partnership that makes you wonder… ‘ What can heaven offer any better than what I have here on earth?’.” – Monica Dickens
  89. “When a horse offers their face to you, they’re interested in what you are, what you’re doing. They’re paying attention.” – ​Brady Jandreau
  90. “Horse thou art truly a creature, for thou fliest without wings and conquorest without a sword.” – UnknownTwo horses behind fence quote
  91. ​”I frequently dream of being on these horses’ backs and running across a field. And the horse and I are one.” – ​William Shatner​​
  92. “To understand the soul of a horse is the closest human beings can come to knowing perfection.” – Unknown
  93. ​”A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you.” – Unknown
  94. “Wherever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprints of a horse beside it.” – ​John Trotwood Moore
  95. “You took care of your horse, and your horse took care of you.” – ​Elton Gallegly
  96. “Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls. They give us hope!” – ​Toni Robinson
  97. “A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.” – Ovid
  98. “A large and liquid eye… the swirl of dust around pounding hooves… these, then, are the images that move us.” – Unknown
  99. “A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.” – ​Samuel Johnson
  100. “Looking for love is tricky business, like whipping a carousel horse.” – George Cukor
  101. “​To many, the words love, hope and dreams are synonymous with horses.” – Unknown

​Did you connect to any of these quotes? Which one of these quotes was your favorite? Do you have any fun horse stories that you want to share? Leave a comment below for us and other horse lovers to read!