Let these words brighten your day.

Sometimes, we need a little motivation to get through the day. What a gift it is to ride horses! As horse lovers and owners, we need to remember just how lucky we are. Not everyone has a velvet nose to kiss, a back to climb abroad, and soft brown eyes that watch over us with love. Cherish every moment and for the times of struggle turn to your horse.

When you need some extra inspiration, a smile on your face, or laughter in your lungs, check out these amazing quotes. Some of the greatest writers, poets, and horse trainers from former decades and current ones have given us some powerful words to remember.


“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

“A horse will never tire of a rider who possesses both tact and sensitivity because he will never be pushed beyond his possibilities.”

Nuno Oliveira

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk.  He trots the air, the earth sings when he touches it.”

William Shakespeare

“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

“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.”

Helen Thompson

“It’s a lot like nuts and bolts – if the rider’s nuts, the horse bolts!”

Nicholas Evans

“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 Author

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

Marguret Henry

“A good rider can hear his horse speak to him, a great rider can hear his horse whisper, but a bad rider won’t hear his horse even if it screams at him.”

Unknown Author

“A horse gallops with his lungs,

Perseveres with his heart,

And wins with his character.”


“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”

Winston Churchill

“My horse’s feet are as swift as rolling thunder

He carries me away from all my fears

And when the world threatens to fall asunder

His mane is there to wipe away my tears.”

Bonnie Lewis


How many tears has your horse’s mane seen? Do you feel as though your borrowing freedom when you climb onto your horse’s back? These quotes are inspirational because they make us reflect on all that horses are. They’re silly, brave, powerful, but more than anything they’re loving!

**Emily Fought discovered her passion for horses early on in life. When she isn’t writing about them, you can find her in the barn riding. Although Emily’s background is in dressage, she enjoys cross-training and is an avid trail rider. She resides in Northwestern Pennsylvania with her husband and small dog. Together, they own and operate Humblewood Farm.


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