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100 Inspirational Quotes with Horse Pictures To Lift You Up

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Embark on a journey of self-discovery with horses through these hand-picked motivational quotes. This post shares powerful insights and inspirations that are bound to uplift your equestrian soul and mind, fuel your passion, and ignite your dedication towards horse riding.

Here is a collection of 100 inspirational quotes with horse pictures to go along with a handful of them. These are perfect for the equestrian .

In my mind quotes are meant to inspire, motivate, give a morale boost, a chuckle, bring perspective, hope or joy. 

Some of these inspirational quotes are not directly about horses but can pertain to your equestrian experience and journey with horses and riding.

Grab a drink, relax and let the quotes work their magic on your horse loving equestrian soul and mind. For more horsey inspiration I have included a few inspirational horse videos at the bottom of the post.

Here Are The 100 Horse Quotes

“You carry a certain amount and type of light with you wherever you go, and when you approach a horse, that light can be repelling or attracting. Your bearing is the air about you, your outlook, your manner. With it, you might fool some people on occasion, but you never fool a horse.”

― Cherry Hill, 

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

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

– Allan J. Hamilton

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

– Missy Lyons

It is the difficult horses that have the most to give you.

– Lendon Gray

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 your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong.

– Pat Parelli

All our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

– Walt Disney

Average talent, plus hard work and dedication, will always beat talent by itself.

Clinton Anderson

Frustration begins where knowledge ends.

Clinton Anderson

To change your horse you must first change yourself!

Clinton Anderson

 You have three options in life: give in, give up or give it all that you got!

Clinton Anderson

When you feel like quitting think about why you started.

– Clinton Anderson

If you are not willing to learn no one can help you. If you are determined to learn no one can stop you.

– Clinton Anderson

Some dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.

Clinton Anderson

Your horse is a direct result of the time and effort you put into him.

-Clinton Anderson

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.

– Clinton Anderson

Feel, timing and experience are ingredients to a great horseman.

– Clinton Anderson

Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart in return

– unknown

A winner is a dreamer who never gave up!

–  Nelson Mandela

I live in a house but my home is in a stable.


Who needs a therapist when you have a horse?


The only thing crazier than a barrel racing is her horse.


Addictive as caffeine but much more expensive.


I used to have money now I have a horse.


Horses, the only animal that will teach you more about yourself than them.


Ride More Worry Less


Life without horses is like taking a breath without air.


When people sat “it’s just a horse” they don’t understand


Riding like life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful


Progress always begins when your comfort zone ends.


Hold on to what makes you happy and if it tries to buck you off hold on tighter.


We don’t meet horses by accident. They were meant to cross our path for a reason.


Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.


They’re the most forgiving creatures God ever made

– Nicolas Evans



It’s a beautiful thing to meet someone who makes you forget your troubles.


There are things that the horse did for me that a human couldn’t have done-

Buck Brannman

Behind every legend lies an impossible dream.


Everyday I am grateful for moments like these.


If the plan doesn’t work then change the plan but never the goal.


The horse does one of two things . He does what he thinks he is supposed to do or he does what he thinks he needs to do to survive.

-Ray Hunt

Focus on where you want to go not on what you fear.


Hold your focus, trust the process, never give up.


You get what you work for not what you wish for.


Some horses will test you, some with teach you and some will bring the best out of you.


Great things never came from comfort zones.


In order to succeed we must first believe we can.

– Micheal Korda

Expect a lot, accept a little and reward often.


There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those.


Happiness does have a smell!


Home is where the horse is… So I will be at the barn.


If you wait for perfect conditions you will never get anything done!


Stop focusing on how stressed you are and start focusing on how blessed you are.


In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.


Be a warrior not a worrier


Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire-


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

Robert Smith Surtees

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

Ronald Duncan

“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.”  

Helen Thompson

“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

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

-Sir Winston Churchill

“The horse moved like a dancer, which is not surprising. A horse is a beautiful animal, but he is perhaps most remarkable because he moves as if he always hears music.”

Mark Helprin, A Winter’s Tale

“…for 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

“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 

“And indeed, a horse who bears himself proudly is a thing of such beauty and astonishment that he attracts the eyes of all beholders. No one will tire of looking at him as long as he will display himself in his splendor.”


“Riding never gets easier. You just get better.”

Author 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 treats.”

Author Unknown 

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

Author Unknown





Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Francis of Assisi



Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.

Nido Qubein

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.

St. Jerome

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Charles R. Swindoll

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.

H. G. Wells

Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.

Bo Jackson

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.

Willie Nelson

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

Zig Ziglar

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

John Wooder

My dear friend, clear your mind of cant.

Samuel Johnson

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

Joyce Meyer

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Winston Churchill

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

Lou Holtz

If you want a breakthrough in your life stop making excuses and charge ahead

– Jenson Siaw

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

-Carl Bard

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.

– Dale Carnegie

Be positive, patient and persistent. –

Until you spread your wings you will have no idea how far you can fly.


Shine like gold, sparkle like glitter


What is your riding goal this week?


Be the person your horse would follow anywhere.


Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and remember the one reason why it will.


Consistent small steps lead to amazing results-


I can’t control what happens to me. All I can control is my response.

– Natasha Althoff

Everything happens for a reason. Learn the lesson and move forward. –

Natasha Althoff

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

Nuno Oliveir

Success is a journey not a destination.


Riding is an unseen, unspoken language of subtleties in which horse and riders are to be harmonious. 


Inspirational Horse Videos

These videos I picked out are to inspire you to keep going with your riding dreams, to not give up or be controlled by fear or your limitations, to see what is possible with horses and the amazing relationship you can have with these animals. Enjoy.

I hope you enjoyed reading and watching these inspirational horse quotes and videos. 

Maybe a few quotes resonated with you that you may want to write down to read when you really need it most. Or maybe one of the videos touched you and you may want to add it to one of your YouTube playlist to listen to again in the future.

Hoping this lifted your spirits and encouraged you in your equestrian journey .

Is there a quote you love that inspires you but is not listed here? Would love to see it in the comments!

May horses always make your heart smile!

Cheers, Kacey

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Disclaimer Notice: Please be aware that horseback riding and related equestrian activities carry inherent risks. The advice and experiences shared on this blog are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional training or advice. Ensure your safety and that of your horse by wearing appropriate gear, practicing safe horse handling, and consulting with certified equestrian professionals. Remember, each horse is unique, and techniques may vary accordingly. Always prioritize safety, respect, and patience in your equestrian endeavors.

Kacey Cleary Administrator
Kacey has been an equestrian since 1998. She was a working student at several eventing and dressage barns. She has owned horses, leased horses, and trained horses. Kacey received an A.S. in Equine Industries from UMass Amherst, where she rode on the dressage team. She was certified with the ARIA and is licensed to teach riding in MA. She has been a barn manager and has run her own horse farm.
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