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Horse Quotes & Horse Thinking.
When I Am Old......

I shall wear my turquoise and diamonds
And a wide brimmed straw hat
With ribbons and flowers on it

And I shall spend my social security
On white wine and carrots
And sit in the alley of my barn
And listen to my horses breathe.

I will sneak out in the middle of a summer's night
And ride the palomino mare
Across the moonstruck meadow,
If my old bones will allow.

And when people come to call, I will smile and nod,
As I walk them past the gardens to the barn
And show, instead the flowers growing there,
Freshly bedded stalls, lined with straw.

I will learn to shovel and sweat and
Wear hay in my hair as if it were a jewel.

And I will be an embarrassment to all
Who look down on me
Who have not yet found the peace in being free
To love a horse as a friend.

A friend who waits at midnight hour
With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes
For the kind of woman I will be

When I am Old.

  • A stubborn horse walks behind you...An impatient horse walks in front of you...But a noble companion walks beside you.
  • The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. 
  • Don't squat with yer spurs on.
  • "There are only two emotions that belong on the saddle; One is a sense of humor, and the other is patience."
  • There's just something about a horse that makes a bad day good....
  • Life is not made up of the breaths you take....but the moments that take your breath away
  • Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly.. 
  • Jumping is just dressage with speed bumps! 
  • Horses give us the wings we lack. 
  • "Sticks and stones may break my bones but whips and spurs excite me.!"
  •  Sometimes you can trust a horse, Sometimes you can't, and sometimes you HAVE to.
  • A polo pony is like a motorbike with a mind of its own weighing half a ton.
  • You can tell a gelding,  discuss it with a stallion;  but you must..  Ask a mare. 
  • A canter is the cure for every evil. 
  • "I'd rather be in stalls then in malls"
  • A foal with a future has a stud with a past"
  • "Whoever thought money couldn't buy happiness didn't know where to buy a horse!"


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"You know your horse is spoiled when:"

... your horses are up to date on their shots but you can't remember the last time you had a tetanus shot.

.... the ferrier, vet and feed guy get paid on the spot but the utility bills for the house get paid the best way you can.

.... you pretend you like to eat chicken and rice, rice and beans or fried bologna sandwiches so you can afford the better quality feed and hay.

.... you buy horse accessories in a nice tack shop and your clothes at yard sales and thrift stores.

.... you sit in a business meeting in a comfortable chair, A/C, cold drinks and snacks but you wish you could be in the barn doing something useful

....you keep an electric tea pot at the barn to freshen his water bucket with warm water in the winter.

...he gets regular visits from the vet, farrier and massuse and you don't even get regular hair cuts.

...his tack is cleaner than your clothes.

...you realize most of the produce you buy is for your horse.

...you fall off and the first words out of your mouth are "Is my horse ok?"

...you go out on a hot summer afternoon to give your horses a hosing off to cool them down, while you are soaking wet from sweat..

..you put ice in his just filled water bucket

...you drive 30 minutes out of the way to get them the horse cookies they like, instead of some other brand.

...you don't even blink an eye when spending the $100+ on the emergency farm call but refuse to spend the $15 co-pay for your family doctor…

...your horse(s) get more attention than your husband.

...your horse is the first one you kiss when you come home in the evenings(see above)

...your boyfriend aspires to one day reach the level of priority and attention that the horse gets.

...your horses line up at the gate when you open the trunk of the car--because WHATEVER is in there, it is usually for them.

...your horse has more saddle blankets than you have underwear.

...your barn is almost ALWAYS cleaner than your house.

...your horse has more health and beauty products than you do.

...you take more time preparing your horse's dinner than your own.

...your trailer gets a wash and wax before your truck does.

...after a ride, your horse gets a shower, massage, and cool drink before you do.

..your horse has more outfits than you do...

...your horse gets new shoes AND a birthday present.....
you get new shoes FOR a birthday present.

...you have the vet's number but not your kid's pediatrician on your speed dial.

 GOD CREATED HORSE 

On the first day of creation, God created the Horse. 

On the second day, God created man to serve the Horse. 

On the third day, God created all the animals of the earth to 
spook the Horse when man was on his back. 

On the fourth day, God created an honest day's work so that man 
could labor to pay for the keeping of the Horse. 

On the fifth day, God created the grasses in the field so that 
Horse could eat and man could toil and clean up after the Horse. 

On the sixth day, God created veterinary science to keep the 
Horse healthy and man broke. 

On the seventh day, God rested and said "This is good. This will 
teach man humility. It will tire him out and keep him striving 
ever forward to meet the needs of the Horse."
"Just a horse..." 

From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a horse," 
or, that's a lot of money for "just a horse". 

They don't understand the distance travelled, the time spent, or the 
costs involved for "just a horse."

 Some of my proudest moments have 
come about with "just a horse." 

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a horse," but I 
did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a horse" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. 

If you, too, think it's "just a horse," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a 
promise." 

"Just a horse" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. 

"Just a horse" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of "just a horse" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. 

So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. 

"Just a horse" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. 

I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a horse" 
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman." 

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a horse" just smile, because they "just don't understand."
All I Need To Know In Life, I learned from my horse 

· When in doubt, run far, far away. 
. You can never have too many treats. 
· Passing wind in public is nothing to be embarassed of. 
· New shoes are an absolute necessity every 6 weeks. 
· Everyone loves a good, wet, slobbery kiss. 
· Never run when you can jog, jog when you can walk, or    walk when you can stand still. 
  A swift kick in the butt will get anyone's attention.
· Heaven is eating at least 10 hours a day... and then     sleeping the rest. 
· Eat plenty of roughage. 
· Great legs and a nice rear will get you anywhere. Big,    brown eyes help too. 
· When you want your way, stomp hard on the nearest foot. 
. In times of crisis, take a poop. 
· Act dumb when faced with a task you don't want to do. 
· Follow the herd. That way, you can't be singled out to take the blame. 
· Love those who love you back, especially if they have something good to eat.
Let Me Teach You. 

When you are tense, let me teach you to relax. 

When you are short tempered, let me teach you to be patient. 

When you are short sighted, let me teach you to see. 

When you are quick to react, let me teach you to be thoughtful. 

When you are angry, let me teach you to be serene. 

When you feel superior, let me teach you to be respectful. 

When you are self-absorbed, let me teach you to think of greater things. 

When you are arrogant, let me teach you humility. 

When you are lonely, let me be your companion. 

When you are tired, let me carry the load. 

When you need to learn, let me teach you. 

After all, I am your horse.
I just thought this was funny..I hope I don't offend anyone...

THE SHEATH CLEANING SONG" 
(Sing it to the tune of "Hello Mother, Hello Father") 

How's it hangin'? 
So much cleaner. 
Aren't you glad I 
washed your wiener? 
I'll admit it's 
kinda creepy 
that I had to stick my arm up in your pee-pee. 

It was sticky. 
It was gunky. 
It felt icky. 
It smelled funky. 
It was cruddy, 
it was crusty-- 
when you stuck it out, 
it creaked like it was rusty. 

After half an 
hour of toilin' 
and of squirtin' 
baby oil in, 
you're as fresh there 
as a daisy. 
Either this means I love you or else I'm crazy!!!
MURPHY'S HORSE LAWS

There is no such thing as a sterile barn cat. 

No one ever notices how you ride until you fall off.

The least useful horse in your barn will eat the most, require shoes every four weeks and need the vet at least once a month. 

A horse's misbehavior will be in direct proportion to the number of people who are watching. 

Your favorite tack always gets chewed on, and your new blanket gets torn.

Tack you hate will never wear out and blankets you hate cannot be destroyed.
 
Horses you hate cannot be sold and will outlive you. 

Clipper blades will become dull when your horse is half clipped.

If you approach within 50 feet of your barn in clean clothes, you will get dirty. 

The number of horses you own will increase to the number of stalls in your barn. 

Your barn will fall down without baling twine. 

Hoof picks always run a way from home. 

If you fall off, you will land on the site of your most recent injury.

If you are winning, then quit, because there is only one way to go. Down!
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Top Ten Spook List... 

#10--Blowing Paper 
"At any moment it could whip up into our faces, covering our noses. We could suffocate. And don't try to tell us you'd do CPR." 

#9---Barking Dogs 
" What? You've never read Steven King's CUJO?" 

#8---Puddles of Water 
"Quicksand." 

#7---Trash Cans 
"They've been known to swallow horses and transport them into another dimension." 

#6---Babies and Lil Kids 
"Long lost tribe of horse-eating pygmies." 

#5---Plaid Horse Blankets. 
"Hey, when was the last time you wore plaid? It adds at least 100 lbs." 

#4---Ropes and Hoses on the Ground 
"Dreaded North American trail snakes." 

#3---Ponies. 
"Cute, clever, hardy. They want to take over the World." 

#2---Windy Days. 
"Two words: impending tornado. 

And the number one scary thing in the minds of horses? 

#1---Carts and Wagons 
Look. You put a human on our backs, we can always buck them off. But hitching a horse to a wheeled object. It's just not right. No matter how fast the horse trots, the dang cart is still running after him. Oh, the Horror!!! 

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 Because my daughter grew up with horses...


"My daughter turned sixteen years old today; which is a milestone for most people. Besides looking at baby photos and childhood trinkets with her, I took time to reflect on the young woman my daughter had become and the choices she would face in the future.As I looked at her I could see the athlete she was, and determined woman she would soon be.

I started thinking about some the girls we knew in our town who were already pregnant, pierced in several places, hair every color under the sun, drop outs, drug addicts and on the fast track to no where, seeking surface identities because they had no inner self esteem. The parents of these same girls have asked me why I "waste" the money on horses so my daughter can ride. I'm told she will grow out of it, lose interest, discover boys and all kinds of things that try to pin the current generation's "slacker" label on my child. I don't think it will happen, I think she will love and have horses all her life. ..........

     Because my daughter grew up with horses she has compassion. She knows that we must take special care of the very young and the very old. We must make sure those without voices to speak of their pain are still cared for. 


     Because my daughter grew up with horses she learned responsibility for others than herself. She learned that  regardless of the weather you must still care for those you have the stewardship of. There are no "days off" just because you don't feel like being a horse owner that day. She learned that for every hour of fun you have there are days of hard slogging work you must do first.

     Because my daughter grew up with horses she learned not to be afraid of getting dirty and that appearances don't matter to most of the breathing things in the world we live in. Horses do not care about designer clothes, jewelry, pretty hairdos or anything else we put on our bodies to try to impress others. What a horse cares about are your abilities to work within his natural world, he doesn't care if you're wearing $80.00 jeans while you do it.

     Because my daughter grew up with horses she learned about sex and how it can both enrich and complicate lives. She learned that it only takes one time to produce a baby, and the only way to ensure babies aren't produced is not to breed. She learned how babies are planned, made, born and, sadly, sometimes die before reaching their potential. She learned how sleepless nights and trying to outsmart a crafty old broodmare could result in getting to see, as non-horse owning people rarely do, the birth of a true miracle.

     Because my daughter grew up with horses she understands the value of money. Every dollar can be translated into bales of hay, bags of feed or farrier visits. Purchasing non-necessities during lean times can mean the difference between feed and good care, or neglect and starvation. She has learned to judge the level of her care against the care she sees provided by others and to make sure her standards never lower, and only increase as her knowledge grows 

    Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned to learn on her own. She has had teachers that cannot speak, nor write, nor communicate beyond body language and reactions. She has had to learn to "read" her surroundings for both safe and unsafe objects, to look for hazards where others might only see a pretty meadow. She has learned to judge people as she judges horses. She looks beyond appearances and trappings to see what is within.

     Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned sportsmanship to a high degree. Everyone that competes fairly is a winner. Trophies and ribbons may prove someone a winner, but they do not prove someone is a horseman. She has also learned that some people will do anything to win, regardless of who it hurts. She knows that those who will cheat in the show ring will also cheat in every other aspect of their life and are not to be trusted.

     Because my daughter grew up with horses she has self-esteem and an engaging personality. She can talk to anyone she meets with confidence, because she has to express herself to her horse with more than words. She knows the satisfaction of controlling and teaching a 1000 pound animal that will yield willingly to her gentle touch and ignore the more forceful and inept handling of those stronger than she is. She holds herself with poise and  professionalism in the company of those far older than herself.

     Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned to plan ahead. She knows that choices made today can effect what happens five years down the road. She knows that you cannot care for and protect you investments without savings to fall back on. She knows the value of land and buildings. And that caring for you vehicle can mean the difference between easy travel or being stranded on the side of the road with a four horse trailer on a hot day.

When I look at what she has learned and what it will help her become, I can honestly say that I haven't "wasted" a penny on providing her with horses. I only wish that all children had the same opportunities to learn these lessons from horses before setting out on the road to adulthood.



     If a statue in the park of a person on a horse 
has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. 

     If the horse has one front leg in the air, 
the person died because of wounds received in battle. 

    If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died 
of natural causes .