Inspirational Horse Quotes – Quotes To Motivate You & Make You Smile

If you are the kind of person who owns a horse, then chances are you understand how magical and rewarding it can be. So if you love horses and want to immerse yourself in all things equestrian, then we have a treat for you. 

In the following article, we have compiled a selection of inspirational horse quotes taken from history, with our choices ranging from the pages of Black Beauty to the wise words of notable horse enthusiasts such as John Wayne and Linda McCartney. 

So if you have been searching for a stimulating quote to start your day, take a look at our list and find one that will make you smile…

Inspirational Horse Quotes

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

Winston Churchill 

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

John Steinbeck

We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.

Anna Sewell

A horse is worth more than riches

Spanish Proverb

A great horse will change your life. The truly special ones define it…


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

Rebecca Carroll

Fascination with horses predated every other single thing I knew. Before I was a mother, before I was a writer, before I knew the facts of life, before I was a schoolgirl, before I learned to read, I wanted a horse

Jane Smiley 

This isn’t just any old horse. There’s a nobility in his eye, a regal serenity about him. Does he not personify all that men try to be and never can be?  

Michael Morpurgo

Good attitude is most important. Good talent is second. 

George H Morris

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

Grooming: the process by which the dirt on the horse is transferred to the groom.


A horse is a projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.

Pam Brown 

As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer

William Shakespeare

Now every horse has his especial guider; Then by his going you may know the rider 

Paul Bunyon

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ear

Arabian Proverb

I live in a house, but my home is in the stable 


I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice

Linda McCartney

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

Winston Churchill

A horse gallops with his lungs,

Perseveres with his heart, 

And win with his character.  


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

BaileyAnn Neal

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

Abraham Lincoln

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

When riding a horse, we borrow freedom.

Helen Thomson

A bad-tempered man will never make a good-tempered horse. 

Anna Sewell

Success is letting go of fear 

Carl Wittaker

Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. 

John Wayne

Horses lend us the wings we lack. 

Pam Brown

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

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

If wishes were horses, my mortal father used to say, beggars would ride.

Holly Black

I don’t like people…I only like horses. 

Enid Bagnold

A true horseman does not look at his horse with his eyes, he looks at his horse with his heart. 


I call horses ‘divine mirrors’ – they reflect back the emotions you put in. If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the horse will return that.

Allan Hamilton

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

If the horse does not enjoy his work, his rider will have no joy. 

H.H. Isenhart

When riding a horse we leave our fears, troubles and sadness behind on the ground.

Juli Carlson

No one can teach riding so well as a horse. 

C.S. Lewis

When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, ‘I want to make a creature of you. Condense.’ And the wind condensed. 

Emir Abd-el-Kader

Something else 

Hauls me through the air – 

Thighs, hair; 

Flakes from my heels.


Godiva, I unpeel 

Sylvia Plath

A horse loves freedom, and the weariest work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open. 

Gerald Raftery

Horses make a landscape beautiful. 

Alice Walker

Don’t be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him.


Your seat is a verb, and your reins are adjectives to add beauty and shade. 

Pat Parelli

You cannot train a horse with shouts and expect it to obey a whisper. 

Dagobert D. Runes

Equestrian art is the perfect understanding and harmony between horse and rider.

Nuno Oliveira

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

Missy Lyons

If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse…but surely you will see the wildness. 

Pablo Picasso

If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all. 


It excites me that no matter how much machinery replaces horses, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower…even in this space age.

Marguret Henry

One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now. 

Paulo Coelho

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

And there we have it. We hope you enjoyed these inspirational horse quotes as much as we did and that you found the perfect one to start your day! 

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