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Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire. It is a grand passion." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"..there's nothin' in life that's worth doing', if it cain't be done from a horse...." - Red Steagall

"In training horses, one trains himself." - Antoine De Pluvinet

"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

...only ask,
and he will weave a spell to light the dark recesses of your being, 
spinning around you a web of sweet delights.
He will be your children's playmate; a child himself, he'll do no harm.
He'll pardon like no other your omissions, errors, thoughtless handling.
His back, a throne of feathers, will bear you smoothly at the trot and gallop.
He'll go where others dare not. He'll stand firm where others flee in terror.
You'll discover that the piroutte is easy, that a rein back can go on forever,
that you need not be a great rider to perform airs above the ground.
At the spur's light touch he'll take flight with the wind,
bearing you safely through the air laden with long forgotten fragrance.
With him, the distant mountains will be clearer, brighter the light of the stars,
the trilling of the nightingale more joyful, sweeter the gurgling of the streams.
And at last you'll understand why he was e'er the chosen one of kings.
- Juan Llamas of the Spanish horse {Andalusian}


"An inborn love of the horse is instinctive, quite unreasoning, and one cannot recall any beginning of what seems to have always been there, together with a craving for perfection in the object of interest."  Lady Ann Blunt


"About the head of a truly great horse there is an air of freedom unconquerable.
The eyes seem to look on heights beyond our gaze.
It is the look of a spirit that can soar" 
- John Taintor Foote

"When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have" - Sir Winston Churchill


...A horse is a thing of such beauty...
None will tire of looking at him
As long as he displays himself in his splendor
- Xenophon 400 B.C.


Horse and Rider

The prairie blows the grasses
And whips the horse’s mane.
They travel, horse and rider, 
Through the sea of amber grain

Hills roll by, and clouds pass
But steady are the horse’s hooves
Upon the wind blown grass
As they travel, horse and rider

There is no trail that they follow
No path that can be seen
There they travel, horse and rider
Upon the endless blowing green 

- Ivy Schex


"Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider." Saint Augustine


"A horse gallops with his lungs,
Perseveres with his heart,
And wins with his character"
- Tesio


"Closeness, friendship, affection: keeping your own horse means all these things." - Bertrand Leclair


"In partnership with a horse, one is seldom lacking for thought, emotion and inspiration. One is always attended by a great companion." - Unknown 

"I never encountered a horse in whose soul there was no harmony to call on." - Vicki Hearne 

"We shall take great care not to annoy the horse and spoil his friendly charm, for it is like the scent of a blossom - once lost it will never return." - Pluvinel

"It is the horse's gift to connect us with Heaven and our own footsteps." - Ronni Sweet

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man” - Sir Winston Churchill         

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle” - Sir Winston Churchill


“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
“Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls. They give us hope!” - Toni Robinson


“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 marvellous partnership that makes you wonder, "What can heaven offer any better then what I have here on earth?” - Monica Dickens
“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


“Riding is a partnership. The horse lends you his strength, speed and grace, which are greater than yours. For your part, you give him guidance, intelligence and understanding which are greater than his. Together you can achieve a richness that neither can alone” - Lucy Rees 

“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


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

“The secret in riding is to do few things right. The more one does, the less one succeeds. The less one does, the more one succeeds” - Nuno Oliveira


“A lovely horse is always an experience.... It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words” - Beryl Markham

“In riding a horse we borrow freedom” - Helen Thomson


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

“God forbid that I should go to any heaven where there are no horses” - R. B. Cunningham-Graham, 1917 letter to Theodore Roosevelt


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

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


“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

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life has been radically changed" - Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I think that if I become a horseman, I shall be a man on wings.” - Xenophon

“No one can teach riding so well as a horse” - C.S.Lewis


“A horse is worth more than riches” - Spanish Proverb

“A horse is God's gift to mankind” - Arabian Proverb


“All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl”  - Unknown

“Horses – if God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself”  - Unknown


“The world is best viewed through the ears of a horse”  - 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”  - 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 carrots”  - Unknown

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


“Let a horse whisper in your ear and breathe on your heart. You will never regret it”  - Unknown

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


“A true horseman does not look at the horse with his eyes, he looks at his horse with his heart”  - Unknown

“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”  - Unknown


“Feeling down? Saddle up” - Unknown 

"A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character" - Unknown


“The definition of classical equestrianism: It is the ability, by means of good exercises, logically structured and based on the natural laws of balance and harmony, to train the horse so that it subordinates itself to the rider's will contentedly and with self-confidence, without any detriment whatsoever to its own natural sequence of movement” - Anja Beran


What Is A Horse?

What is a horse? 

A horse has eyes as dainty as a mink.

The grace is interrupted merely by a blink.

A horse is beauty.


What is a horse? 

A horse is a tree in a storm that never goes down.

A horse is a weathered rock that stays around.

A horse is ancient.


What is a horse? 

A horse waltzes like breeze over rivers.

She curvets and leaps like rain shivers. 

A horse is a marionette. 


What is a horse? 

A horse is determination, that never stops flowing.

A horse is fondness, that never stops growing.

A horse is poetic power. 

by Lily Whittaker