Inspirational Horse Quotes

by Lisa Carter on August 3, 2012

Inspirational Horse Quotes For The Horse Lover

A compilation of my favorite horse quotes.  When I read them they always inspire me and remind me why I love horses so much.  I hope they inspire your horse dream too!


The Cowboy Blessing - cowboy rides at sunset -

"May your belly never grumble,

May your heart never ache.  

May your horse never stumble,

May your cinch never break."

– Cowboy Blessing


"Poll flexion is not Pull flexion."

– Dr. Thomas Ritter


Preserve the horse's personality - Franz Mairinger horse quote - Heavenly Gaits Equine Massage

"Preserve his natural gaits.  Preserve his personality.  Preserve his instinct to go forward.  Do this and you must be successful because you are respecting nature's wisdom."

– Franz Mairinger


If the horse doesn't like his job, the rider has no joy - rider falls off horse -

"If the horse does not enjoy his work, his rider will have no joy."

– H.H. Isenbart


Wild horse herd running - - Lord Byron horse quote

"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


"A horse will never tire of a rider who possesses both tact and sensitivity because he will never be pushed beyond his possibilities."

– Nuno Oliveira


Nikki and Spirit - First Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 1 Clinic - Christi Rains Parelli Instructor - photo by Lisa Carter

"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


"A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground and break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open."

– Gerald Raferty


Purbred Arabian filly Siofhice (Touch Of Ice x Siobhana) -

"When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, 'I want to make a creature of you.  Condense.' And the Wind condensed."

– Emir Abd-el-Kader


"Horses are the dolphins of the plains, the spirits of the wind; yet we sit astride them for the sake of being well-groomed, whereas they could have all the desire in the world to bolt, but instead, they adjust their speed and grace, only to please us, never to displease."

– Lauren Salerno


"Your seat is a verb, and your reins are adjectives to add beauty and shape."

– Pat Parelli


"To ride or not to ride – this is a stupid question."

– Brandy Michelle


Horses drink water from pond - "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink"

"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink…but you can make sure it's thirsty before you make the bet!"

– Pat Parelli


A Racehorse, horse racing.

"A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time."

– Unknown Author


"Wherever man has left his footprint in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization we will find the hoofprint of the horse beside it."

– John Moore


"When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk.  He trots the air, the earth sings when he touches it."

– William Shakespeare


Christi Rains, 4-Star Parelli Senior Instructor, teaching a horse to trailer load.

"You cannot train a horse with shouts and expect it to obey a whisper."

– Dagobert D. Runes


"A horse is like a violin.  First it must be tuned, and when tuned, it must be accurately played."

– Unknown Author


"A good rider can hear his horse speak to him, a great rider can hear his horse whisper, but a bad rider won't hear his horse even if it screams at him."

– Unknown Author


"If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong."

– Pat Parelli


"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


"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire."

– Sharon Ralls Lemon


"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


"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


"It excites me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower…..even in this space age.  And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton, and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he has been wisely trained.  This to me is a constant source of wonder, and challenge."

– Marguret Henry


"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom."

– Helen Thompson


"The main secret for a horse that is heavy upon the hand, is for the rider to have a very light one; for when he finds nothing to bear upon with his mouth, he infallibly throws himself upon the haunches for his own security."

– William Cavendish


"It's a lot like nuts and bolts – if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!"

– Nicholas Evans


"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 Author


"The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never."

– Yiddish Proverb


"One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses."

– Dale Carnegie

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Kathy Berry May 3, 2014 at 10:10 am

Reading this made my heart soar … Thanks


Lisa Carter Lisa Carter May 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I’m so glad you visited Kathy!



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