Horseback Riding Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old horseback riding quotes, horseback riding sayings, and horseback riding proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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 into the open.     

Gerald Raferty

It's always been and always will be the same in the world.The horse does the work and the coachman is tipped.     


There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.     

John Lubbock

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

If you're lucky enough to draw a good horse, you still have to ride him, then the next ones.     

Chris LeDoux

Most horses don't walk backwards voluntarily, because what they can't see doesn't exist.     

Terry Pratchett

If you fall off a horse, you get back up. I am not a quitter.     

Olivia Wilde

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

Horse riding is so much more then just horse riding, its so much harder then most people think.     


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

There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.     

R.S. Surtees

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

Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb.     

Will Rogers

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

John Steinbeck

A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.     


The earth would be nothing without the people, but the man would be nothing without the horse.     


A good horse should be seldom spurred.     

Thomas Fuller

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.     


It's a lot like nuts and bolts, if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!     

Nicholas Evans

To ride a horse is to ride the sky.     


I can always tell which is the front end of a horse, but beyond that my art is not above the ordinary.     

Mark Twain

If you spend all day on horseback, and you hop off, you walk around like you still have a horse between your legs. And it affects your shoulders. They fall.     

Heath Ledger

People on horses look better than they are. People in cars look worse than they are.     

Marya Mannes

Slippery-smooth rhythmic motion, absolute single-minded purpose, motion for the pleasure of motion itself. It was terrible it its beauty, the flight of the horse.     

Larry Niven

The only time some people work like a horse is when the boss rides them.     

Gabriel Heatter

Horseback riding is the only sport where your equipment can decide not to cooperate with you. Feeling down? Saddle up.     


In riding a horse we borrow freedom.     

Helen Thomson

Anybody who finds it easy to make money on the horses is probably in the dog food business.     

Franklin P. Jones

It's the aspirin of horseback riding, it cures everything.     

Nuno Oliveira

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

Winston Churchill

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

A horse which stops dead just before a jump and thus propels its rider into a graceful arc provides a splendid excuse for general merriment.     

Prince Philip

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

Nuno Oliveira

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

Nuno Oliveira

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

Winston Churchill

In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.     

Helen Thompson Woolley

No one can teach riding so well as a horse.     

C. S. Lewis

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


A good trainer can hear a horse speak to him. A great trainer can hear him whisper.     

Monty Roberts

I have heard that one can conquer the empire on horseback, but one cannot govern it on horseback.     

Kublai Khan

A woman never looks better than on horseback.     

Jane Austen

If you fall asleep on horseback, the horse will stop by the rock. Art is a car. Kitsch is a horse.     

Odd Nerdrum

A man in a passion, rides a mad horse.     

Benjamin Franklin

It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required.     

Stephen Leacock

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 will be radically changed.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse.     

Texas Bix Bender

The ass will carry his load, but not a double load. Ride not a free horse to death.     

Miguel de Cervantes

There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing.     

Will Rogers

The horse thinks one thing and he that rides him another.     

John Ray

A good rider on a good horse is as much above himself and others as the world can make him.     

Edward Herbert

No ride is ever the last one. No horse is ever the last one you will have. Somehow there will always be other horses, other places to ride them.     

Monica Dickens

A man must ride alternately on the horses of his private and his public nature.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A bad ride is much better than a good walk.     

J. Peter Grace