Old Horse Quotes, Sayings, & Proverbs
Horse, Donkey, & Equine Quotes
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English, Chinese, French, Irish, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and other horse and donkey quotes. Some of these are from unknown orgin. If you have any more, or know where these came from, please contact me.

English Horse Quotes:

  • "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride."
    - English Proverb

  • "A horse hired, never tired."
    -English Proverb

  • " A horse made and a wife to make."
    -English Proverb

  • "A horse may stumble though he have four legs."
    -English Proverb

  • "Better ride on ass that carries me, than on a horse that throws me."
    -English Proverb

  • "For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost."
    -English Proverb

  • "Gamesters and race-horses never last long."
    -English Proverb

  • "Look not a gift horse in the mouth."
    -English Proverb

  • "No hoof, no horse."
    -English Proverb

  • "The horse that draw most, it's most whipped. "
    -English Proverb

  • "The wife, the horse and the sword may be shew'd, but not lent."
    -English Proverb

  • "When the manger is empty, the horses fight."
    -English Proverb

  • " You can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink."
    - English Proverb

    Russian Horse Quotes:

  • "Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear, and man from all sides."
    -Russian Proverb

  • "Spring and summer are riding on a piebald mare."
    - Russian Proverb

  • "It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats."
    - Russian proverb

    Arabian Horse Quotes:
  • "My treasures do not clink together or glitter; They gleam in the sun and neigh in the night."
    -Arabian Proverb

  • "I am a prince and you are a prince; who will lead the donkeys?"
    -Arabian Proverb
  • "The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears".
    -Arabian Proverb

    Chinese Horse Quotes:
  • Good people get cheated, just as good horses get ridden. ~Chinese Proverb
    -Chinese Proverb

  • "Donkey's lips do not fit onto a horse's mouth."
    -Chinese Proverb

  • "A horse cannot gain weight if not fed with extra fodder during the night; a man cannot become wealthy without earnings apart from his regular salaries."
    -Chinese Proverb

  • "You think you lost your horse? Who knows, he may bring a whole herd back to you someday."(The story goes that an old man lost his horse. As he was remorsing, the animal returned bringing at his heels a herd more. It is thus regarded as a 'Blessing in disguise".)
    -Chinese Proverb
  • "Judge not the horse by his saddle."
    - Chinese Proverb

    German Horse Quotes:

  • "Set a beggar on horseback, and he 'll out ride the Devil."
    -German Proverb

  • "The ass of a King is still but an ass."
    -German proverb

    "An ass in Germany is a professor in Rome. "
    -Traditional German Saying

    French Horse Quotes:
  • "It's too late to close the stable door after the horse has bolted."
    -French Proverb

  • "Fools worship mules that carry gold."
    - French Proverb

  • "Misfortunes come on horseback and depart on foot."
    - French Proverb
  • "A colt is worth little if it does not break its halter."
    - French Proverb
  • "What the colt learns in youth he continues in old age."
    - French Proverb
  • A colt you may break, but an old horse you never can.
    - French Proverb

    Irish Horse Quotes:
  • "It is the good horse that draws its own cart."
    -Irish Proverb

  • "The raggy colt often made a powerful horse."
    - Irish Proverb

  • "The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey"
    - Irish Proverb

  • "Youth sheds many a skin. The steed does not retain its speed forever."
    -Irish Proverb

    Italian Horse Quotes:

  • "Trouble rides a fast horse."
    - Italian Proverb

  • "Flies flock to the lean horse."
    -Italian Proverb

    Spanish Horse Quotes:
  • "The man who does not love a horse cannot love a woman."
    - Spanish Proverb

  • "If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle."
    - Spanish Proverb

    Other - Greek, Polish, Afghan, Ethiopian, etc. Horse & Donkey Quotes

  • "A fly can drive away horses."
    -Greek Proverb
  • "Making money selling manure is better than losing money selling musk”
    -Egyptian Proverb

  • "An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold."
    - Romanian Proverb

  • "One cannot shoe a running horse."
    -Dutch Proverb

  • "No one sees a fly on a trotting horse."
    - Polish Saying

  • "Hay is more acceptable to an ass than gold."
    - Latin Proverb

  • "Don't change horses while crossing a stream."
    - American Proverb

  • "When you go to a donkey's house, don't talk about ears."
    - Jamaican Proverb
  • "Honey is not sweet for a donkey"
    - Ethiopian Proverb
  • "A donkey always says thank you with a kick."
    - Kenyan Proverb

  • "Whoever plows with a team of donkeys must have patience."
    - Zimbabwean Proverb

  • "It's the same donkey, but with a new saddle."
    - Afghan Proverb

  • "Have a horse of your own and then you may borrow another's."
    -Welsh Proverb

  • "The donkey sweats so the horse can be decorated with lace."
    -Hiatian Proverb

  • "It is not enough for a man to learn how to ride; he must learn how to fall."
    -Mexican Proverb

    Unknown Qoutes:

  • "Every ass loves to hear himself bray."
  • "Every ass thinks himself worthy to stand with the King's horses."
  • "There is more to being a Knight than a horse, sword and lance."
  • "A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse"
  • "Don't lock the stable door after the horse is stolen"
  • "Don't put the cart before the horse"
  • "Withouth pressing too little or too hard, hold tight the reins for he's a fool who would not get value from a borrowed horse"
  • "Everyone lays a burden on the willing horse"
  • "Many a happy colt makes a fine horse"
  • "If two men ride a horse, one must ride behind."
  • "No horse goes as fast as the money you bet on him. "



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