Who doesn’t like the noble steeds, the pretty ponies, the Drey’s? I used to ride when I was a little girl, and love to see horses when I’m out and about. Of course they love to be photographed too!

From horses we may learn not only about the horse itself but also about animals in general, indeed about ourselves and about life as a whole.”
― George Gaylord Simpson

Blay, Normandy,France 2007

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

—Ronald Duncan

Northumberland, UK, 2011

“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

Tanfield Railway, Gateshead, UK 2012

“A horse is worth more than riches“.

— Spanish Proverb

Bruges, Belgium 2013

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

—Winston Churchill

Houffalize, Belgium 2013

“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

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK 2016

“I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a horse.”

—John Galsworthy

Beamish Museum, County Durham, UK 2016

“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

Simonside Country Fair, Northumberland, UK 2017

I believe that the value of the horse and the opportunity of the horse in the future is likely to be as great as ever. Aeroplanes and tanks are only accessories to the men and the horse, and I feel sure that as time goes on you will find just as much use for the horse—the well bred horse—as you have ever done in the past.

—Sir Douglas Haig field marshal in the British Army and a senior officer during World War I.

Beamish Museum, County Durham, UK 2018

“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

South Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK 2018

“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

Florence, Tuscany, Italy, 2019

“Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope.”

—Toni Robinson

Northumberland Zoo, UK 2019

“Horses make a landscape look beautiful”

—Alice Walker

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52 thoughts on “Horses

  1. Horses can be lovely to look at, but I think I’m a bit frightened of them. I certainly haven’t enjoyed the rare occasions I’ve been on the back of one. My favourite photograph is the matched pair pulling the hearse at Bamburgh. They’re obviously very well looked after.

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  2. Oh lovely, especially the second image! I have done a little riding, not a lot, but the nicest horse I ever rode was one that was lent to me when I went hunting with some local Maori guys years ago in Ruatoria. He was so big, and had such a lovely gait, it was like I was riding a Cadillac!!! The dogs took off after some wild boars, and the only way to follow was to jump a fence in this overgrown paddock, I had never ever done that before, but I just pointed the horse in the direction we needed to go and we flew across. I will never forget it. 🙂

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  3. We have three horses, and there’s another three in the field next door. Horses can be field ornaments, but they’re also funny, loving and loyal creatures that are fun to be around. And a full gallop and even a jump are a unique combination of human and animal will-power combined. Great quotes!

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  4. Aww what a fantastic post! Horses are my favorite. I never owned one but was blessed growing up with friends who did. They are incredible animals. I enjoyed reading and looking through all these great quotes and pictures. It was always a dream of mine to have a horse farm. I love this!

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  5. Great post, Fraggle.
    I grew up with horses. I bought my own horse, first of several, when I was 12. Bought him over 2 years of weeding and hoeing the huge vegetable garden of the man Bought it from. It lived to be 40. What a wonderful animal.

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  6. This has to be one of my favourite ever posts on WordPress! The photos are wonderful and all the quotations are superb. We’re not too far from Beamish, but haven’t visited for years. I must have a look up to see the horses. 🙌🐎❤️

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  7. On a horse the landscape looks different, I understand the fascination with horses, they loan to you his impetus when powerfully running. The horses in the photo in 2011 in Northumberland though they were posing for the cover of a cd album 😀

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  8. cool at age 6 i wanted to everything with horses [like barrle raceing] and i got my litte pony DreamChatcher at age 7 i still have her [im ten i still barrle race on her and shes 8] im sadley out growing her but i made mom and dad proimse not sell her when i compeltey outgrow her and they agreed so we find this little girl who well lese her out and let us keep DreamChatcher here at home. And the lillte girl wants to barrlerace so it a WIN-WIN

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