Humans first discovered the horse about 4 million years ago, in North America. So, to say that the human relationship with the horse is an ancient one is a bit of an understatement.

What is horsemanship?

Horsemanship is the skill of being good with horses. This includes training, grooming, riding and driving them. A good horseman can be a positive teacher and trainer, which is important in the equestrian sport. Horsemanship is the art of being a good horseman, just as riding is the art of being a good rider. Horsemanship is a common term in English, whereas equestrian is more used in America.

beautiful Quotes about horsemanship

Horses have long inspired musicians and writers alike. This inspiration has led to the creation of thousands of wonderful quotes pertaining to their greatness! I’ve compiled my favorite equine quotes below. If there’s a quote you think should be included, don’t hesitate to reach out via email or IM (please include “Horse Quotations” in the subject line).

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”

A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Horsemanship is the art of mastering our own movements, thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Not the horses.”

Mark Rashid

“Horses are highly sensitive to the slightest change in the emotions of the others in their herd, which means they can sense inconsistency between our feelings and our actions and help us to recognise when we are not being true to ourselves.”


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

Ronald Duncan

“There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.”

Robert Smith Surtees

“When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine… you know you are loved.”

John Lyons


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