Tracy Goodbrand and Steeldust


Gaits of a Horse
Parts of a Horse
Vital Signs


I have always loved quotes! I hope you enjoy my collection of quotes on horses. If you know of any, please share with me - I would be pleased to add it. E-mail me and tell me which one is your favorite!

  Tell a Gelding, ask a mare, discuss it with a stallion.  
  - unknown  


  "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."  
  - Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)  


  "I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted."  


  "The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears"  
  - Arabian Proverb  


  "In riding a horse, we borrow freedom."  
  - Helen Thomson, b. 1943  


  A canter is a cure for every evil."  
  - Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81)  


  "Through the days of love and celebration and joy, and through the dark days of mourning - the faithful horse has been with us always."  
  - Elizabeth Cotton  


  "One of the earliest religious disappointments in a young girl’s life devolves upon her unanswered prayer for a horse."  
  - Phyllis Theroux  


  "Machines have about as much warmth as a cube of ice. And that is why the horse is still part of our lives and will live on. He was here millions of years before man came upon the earth, and if the cycle is completed, he may still be thundering across the world long after man has vanished."  
  - Marguerite Henry  


  "God forbid that I should go to any heaven where there are no horses."  
  - R. B. Cunningham-Graham  


  What the colt learns in youth he continues in old age.  
  - French Proverb  


  "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, b. 1928  


  "If you have seen nothing but the beauty of their markings and limbs, their true beauty is hidden from you"  
  - Al Mutannabbi, 9th century A.D.  


  "...This most noble beast is the most beautiful, the swiftest and of the highest courage of domesticated animals. His long mane and tail adorn and beautify him. He is of a fiery temperament, but good tempered, obedient, docile and well-mannered."  
  - Pedro Garcia Conde, 1685  


  "Where in this wide world can [a person] find nobility without pride, friendship without envy or beauty without vanity? Here, where grace is laced with muscle and strength by gentleness confined. He serves without servility, he has fought without enmity. There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent; there is nothing so quick, nothing more patient."  
  - Ronald Duncan from 'To The Horse'  


  "The sight of [that pony] did something to me I've never quite been able to explain. He has more than termendous strength and speed and beauty of motion. He set me dreaming."  
  - Walt Morey  


  "To be loved by a horse, or by any animal, should fill us with awe - for we have not deserved it."  
  - Marion C. Garretty, b. 1917  


  What delight
To back the flying steed that challenges
The wind for speed! - seems native more of air
Than earth! - whose burden only lends him fire!
Whose soul in his task, turns labour into sport!
Who makes your pastime his! I sit him now!
He takes away my breath - He makes me reel!
I touch not earth - I see not - hear not - all
Is ecstasy of motion!
  - James Sheridan Knowles  


  "Horses do change, you know; a lot of the ... ponies really give the able-bodied grooms a hard time, but if you put a disable child or adult on their back they're as gentle as lambs. I don't know what it is: they seem to sense something."  
  - Jackie Croome  


  "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, b. 1928  


  Here's to you, Stocking and Star and Blaze! You brought me all that the best could bring - Health and Mirth and the Merriest Days. In the Open Fields and the Woodland Ways - And what can I do in return but sing. A song or two in your praise!  
  - Will H. Ogilvie  


  "Men are better when riding, more just and more understanding, and more alert and more at ease and more under-taking, and better knowing all countries and all passages; in short and long all good customs and manners cometh thereof, and the health of man and of his soul."  
  - Edward Plantagenet, Duke of York  


  "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, b. 1928  


  "The horse you get off is not 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."  
  - Anonymous  


  "Far back, far back in our dark soul the horse prances...The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action ..."  
  - D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)  


  "A horse is worth more than riches."  
  - Spanish Proverb  


  "Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark."  
  - Saying of the Claddagh Gypsies of Galway  


  "The horse is God's gift to mankind."  
  - Arabian Prover  


  "What a creature he was! Never have I felt such a horse between my knees. His great haunches gathered under him with every stride, and he shot forward ever faster and faster, stretched like a greyhound, while the wind beat in my face and whistled past my ears."  
  - Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)  


  "As I ride, as I ride, Ne'er has spur my swift horse plied, Yet his hide, streaked and pied, As I ride, as I ride, - Zebra-footed, ostrich-thighed - How has vied stride with stride. As I ride, as I ride!"  
  - Robert Browning  


  "Riding turns 'I wish into 'I can'."  
  - Pam Brown, b. 1928  


  My horse with a mane made of short rainbows. My horse with ears made of round corn. My horse with eyes made of big stars. My horse with a head made of mixed waters. My horse with teeth made of white shell. The long rainbow is in his mouth for a bridle and with it I guide him. When my horse neighs, different-coloured horses follow. When my horse neighs, different-coloured sheep follow. I am wealthy because of him. Before me peaceful, Behind me peaceful, Under me peaceful, Over me peaceful - Peaceful voice when he neighs. I am everlasting and peaceful I stand for my horse.  
  - from Louis Watchman's version of the Navajo "Horse Story"  


  "With flowing tail and flying mane, Wide nostrils, never stretched by pain, Mouths bloodless to the bit or rein, And feet that iron never shod, And flanks unscar'd by spur or rod. A thousand horses - the wild - the free - Like waves that follow o'er the sea, Came thickly thundering on."  
  - Lord Byron (1788-1824)  


  I remember the plough horses. Big, beautiful, plodding fellows, I loved them so. Picture the scene: A pale blue morning, glistening at the edges, and a farmer ploughing with his horse-team. A fragile autumn sun glinting on plough and harness. Grey and white seagulls flying over. And the horses. Filled-out, strong-muscled, sleek with sweat, the long fetlock hairs about their hoofs creamed in a flurry of endeavour as the plough slices deep in the earth, cutting straight and true behind them. And the clean, crumbling earth lying in a dark ribbon by the fresh furrow beside the farmer's striding feet."  
  - Roy Bolitho  


  "An extra pressure, a silent rebuke, an unseen praising, a firm correction: all these passed between us as through telegraph wires."  
  - Christilot Hanson Boylen  


  "There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse."  
  - Robert Smith Surtees (1803-64)  


  "The rhythm of the ride carried them on and on, and she knew that the horse was as eager as she, as much in love with the speed and air and freedom."  
  - Georgess McHargue  


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


  "It was a great treat to us to be turned out into the home paddock or the old orchard; the grass was so cool and soft to our feet, the air is so sweet, and the freedom to do as we like was so pleasant; to gallop, to lie down, and roll over on our backs, or to nibble the sweet grass. Then it was a very good time for talking, as we stood together under the shade of the large chestnut tree."  
  - Anna Swell (1820-78)
from "Black Beauty"


  "Again the early-morning sun was generous with its warmth. All the sounds dear to a horseman were around me - the snort of the horses as they cleared their throats, the gentle swish of their tails, the tinkle of the irons as we flung the saddles over their backs - little sounds of no importance, but they stay in the unconscious library of the memory."  
  - Wynford Vaughan-Thomas  


  "The hooves of the horse! - Oh! witching and sweet
 Is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet;
No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird,
Can stir me as hooves of the horses have stirred."
  - Will H. Ogilvie  


  "A farmer's horse is never lame, never unfit to go. Never throws out curbs, never breaks down before or behind. Like his master he is never showy. He does not paw and prance, and arch his neck, and bid the world admire his beauties... and when he is wanted, he can always do his work."  
  - Anthony Trollope  


  Look back at our struggle for freedom,  Trace our present day's strength to its source;  And you'll find that man's pathway to glory  Is strewn with the bones of a horse."  
  - Anonymous  


  "Brooks too wide for our leaping, hedges far too high. Loads too heavy for our moving, burdens too cumbersome for us to bear. Distances far beyond our journeying. The horse gave us mastery."  
  - Pam Brown, b. 1928  


  No one sho longs for the 'good old days' sighs for the passing of the working horse. No if he or she loves horses."  
  - Marion C. Garretty  


  "That hoss wasn't built to tread the earth,
He took natural to the air,
And every time he went aloft,
He tried to leave me there."
  - Anonymous tribute to an unmanageable horse  


  "A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle."  
  - Ian Fleming (1908-1964)  


  "You can tell a horse owner by the interior of their car. Boots, mud, pony nuts, straw, items of tack, and a screwed-up waxed jacket of incredible antiquity. There is normally a top layer of children and dogs."  
  - Helen Thomson, b. 1943  


  "Small children are convinced that ponies deserve to see the inside of the house."  
  - Maya Patel  


  "The child who ran weeping to you with a cut finger is now brought home, smiling gamely, with a broken collar-bone, and incredible contusions - 'it wasn't Jazebel's fault, Dad.' "  
  - Pam Brown, b. 1928  


  "The daughter who won't lift a finger in the house is the same child who cycles madly off in the pouring rain to spend all morning mucking out a stable."  
  - Samantha Armstrong  


  "Even an E-type Jaguar looks merely flash beside a really smart pony and trap."  
  - Marion C. Garretty  


  Fine steeds, like true friends are few, even if to the eye of the inexperienced they are many.  
  - Al Mutannabbi, 9th century A.D.