Thursday, August 4, 2011

Good Quotes

I'm not very good with the written word, and am pretty much hopeless when it comes to condensing something insightful and brilliant into one or two sentences. Thus I always appreciate it when other people manage to do this. I was reading an article by the eventing coach Jimmy Wofford today and read yet another of his brilliant "Woffordisms" when it comes to horses:

"The worst of them sense our fears and take advantage of us. The best of them sense our dreams and take us there."

I think this quote is brilliant, simply because in my experience it is so true. I think there is something to be learned from every horse, but I also think some horses are able to touch certain people in very special ways. I know I have been lucky and blessed to own several gorgeous, talented horses in my life. I've loved and learned from them all but two of them definitely had the ability to sense my dreams and take me there. As I was thinking about this quote today it made me start thinking about other quotes that have made me laugh, or made me nod my head in agreement. I've listed a few that came to mind today. Please add your favorite horse quotes in the comments.

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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

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. - Sir Winston Churchill

If the world was truly a rational place, men would ride sidesaddle. - Rita Mae Brown

There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse. - Robert Smith Surtees

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

Whoever said money can't buy happiness never owned a horse.

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

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Murphy, Dutch and Wiz

B-Rad, Alex and Darby

Miracle

This was cuter in person, the picture doesn't convey how cute these guys looked while they stared me down, impatiently waiting for me to feed them. Faune, Fonzi, Chimano, Silver, Romeo and Gus.

Missy, Silky and Cuff Links

Kennedy, Rocky, Toledo, Clayton and Stormy

Faune hanging out in the shade

Winston

Asterik and Chimano

Chimano and Fonzi

7 comments:

Kate said...

I'm with Will Rogers . . .

Snowhawk Przhevalsky said...

Oh wow, look at Miracle! She's turning out to be so beautiful!

Gurrl said...

Miracle is lookin good! Great job!

Amski said...

Miracle looks great! How is she doing now?

lytha said...

i think even the best of horses will still take advantage of us sometimes: ) but i like to think i accomplished my dreams on my horse, who put up with everything i threw at him for the last 23 years. i had all these horsey bucket list items and i did almost all of them (without getting arrested!).

tonight my goal was just to groom him without him walking away, since he doesn't really like a good grooming. i did it! and he enjoyed it at times. i think it has to do with just not using the curry and just swishing a stiff brush back and forth over the mud instead. i really treasure our time. i know every day is precious.

in fact when i come home from work now, after my 10 hour days, i am torn, who do i say hello to first, my nickering horse, or my loving man? agh! tonight they were both staring at me at the same moment (my man's office is right next to our paddock gate). i looked back and forth between them. i had an apple in my hand...

lara said...

Wow, MIracle looks great!! And so happy.
Thanks for the pic of Wiz (and Dutch and Murphy)!

HammersArk said...

My favorite horsey quote is:

Horseback riding is like nuts and bolts - if the rider is nuts, the horse bolts!

it always makes me giggle yet is so true!