The Best Horse Quotes (Picked By An Actual Equestrian)

The Best Horse Quotes


Horses have long been a source of inspiration for the world’s best writers. As a result, there are now thousands of great horse quotes dedicated to relaying their beauty. 

I’ve compiled all of my favorite horse quotes here. If you have a horse quote that you think I should add, please send me a message! 

Without further ado, here are some of the best horse quotes.

Quotes About Horses and Horseback Riding

Best Horse Quotes


“No one can teach riding so well as a horse.” 

C.S. Lewis


“The horse. Here is nobility without conceit, friendship without envy, beauty without vanity. A willing servant, yet never a slave.”

Ronald Duncan


“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” 

Winston Churchill


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

Robert Smith Surtees


“When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine…you know you are loved.”

John Lyons


“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.”

Helen Thompson


“There is no better place to heal a broken heart than on the back of a horse.”

Missy Lyons


“For one to fly, one needs only to take the reins.”

Melissa James


“Horses lend us the wings we lack.”

Pam Brown


“When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.”

Sir Winston Churchill


“A pony is a childhood dream. A horse is an adulthood treasure.”

Rebecca Carroll


“I’d rather ride on a Mustang, than in one.”

BaileyAnn Neal


“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”

John Wayne


“I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a horse.”

John Galsworthy


“There are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favorite places is on the back of my horse.”

Rolf Kopfle


“You can see what man made from the seat of an automobile, but the best way to see what God made is from the back of a horse.”

Charles M. Russell


“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


“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


“No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.”

Herman Melville


“There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain’t a thing.”

Will Rogers


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

Sir Winston Churchill


“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


“His hooves pound the beat, your heart sings the song.”

Jerry Shulman


“The horse moved like a dancer, which is not surprising. A horse is a beautiful animal, but he is perhaps most remarkable because he moves as if he always hears music.”

Mark Helprin, A Winter’s Tale


“…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


History And Horses Quotes


“Wherever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprint of a horse beside it.”

John Trotwood Moore


“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


“A dog may be man’s best friend…but the horse wrote history.”

Author Unknown


“The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse.”

Author Unknown


Poetic Horse Quotes


“Slippery-smooth rhythmic motion, absolute single-minded purpose, motion for the pleasure of motion itself. It was terrible in its beauty, the flight of the horse.”

Larry Niven, Rainbow Mars


“A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character.”



“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 ecstasy of freedom, knowing you will return to stand quietly, loyally, beside me.”

Pam Brown


“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.”



“A large and liquid eye… the swirl of dust around pounding hooves… these, then, are the images that move us.”

Author Unknown


Heaven And Horses Quotes


“It is the horse’s gift to connect us with Heaven and our own footsteps.” 

Ronni Sweet


“The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.”

Arabian Proverb


“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 then what I have here on earth?’ “

Monica Dickens


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

R.B. Cunningham Graham


“On the back of a horse you will find Paradise.”

Stella A. Walker


Unknown Author Horse Quotes


“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.”

Author Unknown


“Riding never gets easier. You just get better.”

Author Unknown


“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 treats.”

Author Unknown


“One who believes that he has mastered the art of horsemanship has not yet begun to understand the horse.”

Author Unknown


“I have seen things so beautiful they have brought tears to my eyes. Yet none of them can match the gracefulness and beauty of a horse running free.”

Author Unknown


“A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you,

but a noble companion walks beside you.”

Author Unknown


“A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.”

Author Unknown


“Horse thou art truly a creature, for thou fliest without wings and conquorest without sword.”

Author Unknown


“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.”

Author Unknown


“Date someone who spoils you, loves you, respects you… and never questions how much you spend on your horses.” 

Author Unknown


“The world is best viewed through the ears of a horse.”

Author Unknown


“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.”

Author Unknown


“Ask me to show you poetry in motion and I will show you a horse.”

Author Unknown


“One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that he hears music inside his head.”

Author Unknown


“When the Almighty put hoofs on the wind and a bridle on the lightning, He called it a horse.”

Author Unknown


“A horse in the wind – a perfect symphony.”

Author Unknown


“Stay away from a horse long enough and you’ll start tapping your fingers to the beat of a trot.”

Author Unknown


“Half the failures in life result from pulling in one’s horse when it is leaping.”

Author Unknown


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