British politician and Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) stands with a foal on his estate at Chartwell, near Wester ham, Kent, England, 1950. He had been Britain's Prime Minister during World War II (until 1945), and served again from 1951 to 1955.
Even for those of us who are writers, who have tramped through the wilderness with a wild mustang, or run with a herd, the words are just out of reach. Over the centuries, well-beloved public figures have made their love of these beautiful animals' known, and often written about them, and been quoted on the remarkable relationship between horse and rider.
The Duke of Edinburgh is credited with saying, “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.” Novelists and poets have been writing on the subject of these majestic creatures as far back as time records.
The Danish author Johannes Jensen wrote, “The horse through all its trials has persevered the sweetness of paradise in its blood.” 21. The American novelist, journalist and commentator Mark Helping once wrote, “The horse moved like a dancer, which is not surprising.
Many of the best quotes in the world you’ll find are wrapped in the context of a good book or film. We found a good number of great horse quotes, but you’ll find tons more if you read some classics like King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry, National Velvet by Enid Arnold, or My Friend Flick by Mary O’Hara.
“A thousand horse and none to ride! With flowing tail, and flying mane, Wide nostrils never stretched by pain, Mouths bloodless to the bit or rein, And feet that iron never shod, And flanks scarred by spur or rod, A thousand horse, the wild, the free, Like waves that follow o'er the sea, Came thickly thundering on…” Whether Olympic medalists, breeders, or jockeys, those who will probably know the most about expressing the passion of equestrian and riding are those who do this wondrous work professionally.
So, whether you need a reminder to get back out there on your beloved horse, a few great thoughts to share with others that might express a hint of what your life in the saddle is like, or just need your spirit uplifted, these horse quotes should satisfy your needs. There are, of course, thousands more which may be found in novels like The Silver Crumby by Line Mitchell, or Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
But wherever you find the quotes, you’ll be that much closer to being able to share your reality of horse love with those who just don’t get it.