Favourites on Friday - Horse Quotes II

Thought I’d posted more than one lot of horse quotes, but turns out I’ve only done it once.  Time to rectify that oversight!


‘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 pipes of Hermes’ ~ William Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

(Lulworth Castle 2009)

‘Whether you regard the horse with awe or love, it is impossible to escape the sheer power of his presence’ ~ Mary Wanless

‘Silence takes on a new quality when the only sound is that of regular and smooth hoof beats …’ ~ Bertrand Leclair


‘To see the wind’s power, the rain’s cleansing and the sun’s radiant life, one need only to look at the horse’ ~ Unknown


‘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

‘To understand the soul of a horse is the closest human beings can come to knowing perfection’ ~ Unknown


‘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 splendour’ ~ Xenophon

‘A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger than a man on foot’ ~ John Steinbeck

(Anna Langova)

‘In their eyes shine stars of wisdom and courage to guide men to the heavens’ ~ Jodie Mitchell

(Vera Kratochvil)

“It is exciting to me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower … even in the new 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.” ~ Marguerite Henry

(Washington Post article 1997)