Nearly every equestrian has heard at least a few horse proverbs if they’ve been in the industry long enough. They are short pieces of general advice that are usually based on truth or folklore. These sayings are carried among the generations of riders and trainers. Some may be funny, while others are intended to be taken seriously. See how many you know!

  1. One white foot, buy him; two white feet, try him.
  2. No hoof, no horse.
  3. Green on green makes black and blue.
  4. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.
  5. A horse is worth more than riches.
  6. Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
  7. The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller not one.
  8. All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he’ll listen to me any day.
  9. All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.
  10. You’re not a rider unless you’ve fallen off seven times.
  11. A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you.
  12. A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.
  13. Your horse’s behavior always seems to depend on the number of people watching you.
  14. 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.
  15. There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humor, and the other is patience.

There are so many more great horse proverbs. What is your favorite?