20 Great Quotes for Horse Lovers That’ll Inspire You!

Many horse quotes will encourage, inspire and motivate horse lovers across the board.

These quotes come from an array of people throughout history, including authors, editors, horse breeders, horse owners, horse trainers, journalists, playwrights, poets, and politicians.

All of them seem to have one thing in common- they are all horse lovers!

So buckle up for a ride of 20 of the best quotes for horse lovers.

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20 Amazing Horse Quotes for Horse Lovers

  1. 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.

He was an English playwright, poet, and actor. The quote comes from his 1599 history play, “Henry V,” which tells the story of King Henry of England. [1]


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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

2. “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

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

She is an American author and journalist. The quote comes from her 2002 memoir “My Racing Heart: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track.”

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

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

John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy was an English novelist and playwright.

4. “I’ve often said there is nothing better for the inside of the man than the outside of the horse.” – Ronald Reagan


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“I’ve often said there is nothing better for the inside of the man, than the outside of the horse.”

—Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was an American politician who served two terms as the 40th President of the United States, from 1981 to 1989.

He was also a horse owner and an accomplished horse rider.[2] His favorite horse was a grey Anglo-Arabian named El Alamein.

5. 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

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“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

He is an American horse trainer and the Parelli Natural Horsemanship Program founder.

6. “A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character.”- Federico Tesio-

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

Federico Tesio

Frederico was an Italian Thoroughbred horse breeder. He has been called “the only genius ever to operate in the breeding world” and “the greatest single figure in the history of Italian racing.”

7. “We have almost forgotten how strange a thing it that is 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

“We have almost forgotten how strange a thing it that is 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

Peter is an American psychology researcher and author.

8. “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

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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

Sharon is a former editor of Horse Illustrated Magazine.

9. “Of all animals kept for the recreation of mankind, the horse is alone capable of exciting a passion that shall be absolutely hopeless.”– Bret Harte

Of all animals kept for the recreation of mankind, the horse is alone capable of exciting a passion that shall be absolutely hopeless.

Bret Harte

Bret was an American poet and short-story writer.

10. “The horse moved like a dancer, which is not surprising. A horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music.“- Mark Helprin

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

– Mark Helprin

Mark Helprin is an American conservative commentator, journalist, and novelist. The quote is from his 1983 magic realism novel “Winter’s Tale.”

11. “You can’t become a decent horseman until you fall off and get up again, a good number of times. There’s life in a nutshell.“- Bear Grylls

A man falling off a horse

You can’t become a decent horseman until you fall off and get up again, a good number of times. There’s life in a nutshell.

Bear Grylls

He is a British adventurer, author, motivational speaker, and television presenter. The quote is from his 2012 autobiography “Mud, Sweat, and Tears.”

12. “I can make a General in five minutes, but a good horse is hard to replace.”– Abraham Lincoln


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“I can make a General in five minutes, but a good horse is hard to replace.”

— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States

He was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 16th President of the United States from 1861 until his assassination on April 14, 1865.

He was known to use a reddish-brown colored driving horse named Old Bob [3] during his days as a lawyer. Old Bob also took part in Lincoln’s funeral processional.

13. “A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger than a man on foot.“- John Steinbeck

“A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger than a man on foot.”

John Steinbeck

He was an American author and the winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature.

14. “No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.”- Winston Churchill


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

—Winston Churchill

He was a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for two terms- from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. He was also a racehorse owner and breeder.

His most famous racehorse was a grey French-bred Thoroughbred named Colonist II, who won 13 of the 24 races he took part in. This quote comes from Churchill’s 1930 autobiography “My Early Life.”

15. “Any real, beautiful thing in this world shouldn’t be tamed or claimed or broken. It should be allowed to be, worked with, not against, appreciated. Don’t be afraid of the wild she has left. It makes her special.“- Carly Kade

A cowboy riding a horse

“Any real, beautiful thing in this world shouldn’t be tamed or claimed or broken. It should be allowed to be, worked with, not against, appreciated. Don’t be afraid of the wild she has left. It makes her special.

Carly Kade

She is an American award-winning author, horse owner, and host of the podcast “Equestrian Author Spotlight.”

This quote comes from her 2015 fiction equestrian romance novel “In The Reins,” which is the first book, in a series of 4 books, in the “In The Reins Equestrian Romance Series.”

16. “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

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

John Lyons is an American horse trainer and author.

17. “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

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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

Samuel Riddle was an American racehorse owner who owned two famous racehorses- Man O’ War, who won 20 of the 21 races he took part in, and War Admiral, who won the 1937 Triple Crown.

18. “A good trainer can hear a horse speak to him. A great trainer can hear him whisper.”- Monty Roberts

A good trainer can hear a horse speak to him. A great trainer can hear him whisper

Monty Roberts

Monty Roberts is an American horse trainer and author.

19. “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.”- Clare Balding

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.

Clare Balding

Clare Balding is an English author, broadcaster, and journalist.

20. “From horses, we may learn not only about the horse itself but also about animals in general, indeed about ourselves and about life as a whole.”- George Gaylord Simpson

Lady riding a horse

From horses, we may learn not only about the horse itself but also about animals in general, indeed about ourselves and about life as a whole.

George Gaylord Simpson

He was an American award-winning paleontologist and author.

Final Thoughts

If you love horses or know someone who does, these quotes are sure to bring a smile. I hope you enjoyed this collection of horse quotes as much as we enjoyed putting it together. As always, thanks for reading!

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Resources

1. Henry V: Entire Play. Mit.edu. Published 2019. http://shakespeare.mit.edu/henryv/full.html

2. The Horseman – President Ronald Reagan. www.platinumperformance.com. Accessed April 12, 2022. https://www.platinumperformance.com/articles/the-horseman.html

3. Hodgenville MA 2995 LFR, Us K 42748 P 270 358-3137 C. Lincoln Pets – Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service). www.nps.gov. https://www.nps.gov/abli/planyourvisit/lincoln-pets.htm

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