24 Short Quotes About Losing a Beloved Horse


Have you had a horse you’ve bonded with over a 25-year lifespan? It’s common for owners to develop strong emotional bonds with their horses.

When your horse dies, you’ll undoubtedly feel grief. Unless friends and family members are horse owners themselves, they may not understand how much you’re hurting. 

Here are some horse loss quotes from fellow horse owners. These quotes can help you through the sadness you feel when you lose your beloved animal friend. Some of the quotes are about losing a horse and others are reminders of how wonderful horses are.

1. “I’ve often said there is nothing better for the inside of the man than the outside of the horse.” — Ronald Reagan

If you’re a horse lover, you would have had that in common with our 40th president. Reagan owned a ranch in California and spent hours surveying his property from the back of his horse.

2. “Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.” — Dale Carnegie

You can learn a lot about life from animals. What have you learned from the time you have spent with your horse?

3. “No heaven can heaven be, if my horse isn’t there to welcome me.” — Unknown

Can you agree with this couplet’s sentiments?

4. “Horses lend us the wings we lack.” — Pam Brown

Pam Brown was an English actress from the 1940s and 1950s. Brown spent a lot of time on the back of a horse!

5. “A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger than a man on foot.” — John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck wrote many classic American novels, including “The Grapes of Wrath,” “East of Eden,” “The Pearl,” and “Of Mice and Men.” Animals play an important role in many of his books.

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

John Galsworthy was an English novelist, playwright, and horse-lover. Galsworthy wrote a lot about animal rights.

7. “Somewhere… somewhere in time’s own space, there must be some sweet pastured space where creeks sing on, and tall trees grow, Some paradise where horses go. For by the love that guides my pen, I know great horses live again.” — Stanley Harrison

Stanley Harrison, poet and racehorse trainer, describes a horse’s final destination with this verse. Dog and cat owners often refer to their pets crossing the Rainbow Bridge, where their animals go to frolic while waiting for their owners to meet them. In fact, the Rainbow Bridge book and poem is often listed in pet loss quotes

8. “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

Sharon Ralls Lemon is the author of “The Ultimate Horse Book.” This quote will help you describe what your horse meant to you. 

9. “Once touched by the spirit of a horse, your soul remains forever enlightened.” — Unknown

Have you been forever changed as a result of the relationship you had with your horse? 

10. “The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.” — Arabian Proverb

The timeless love of horses crosses cultures.

11. “There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.” — Robert Smith Surtees

If you have spent hours on the back of your favorite horse, you may have communicated many of your thoughts and feelings while riding. You may have shared more with your horse than you have with any human.

12. “While time will fade, these hoofprints… the ones left on your heart... will never disappear.” — Unknown

Whoever wrote this statement understands the grief you feel from losing your beloved horse. This is a perfect quote to use on a pet memorial. 

13. “Gradually… and with time… letting go of the pain of our loss, bit by bit, never means letting go of our love.” — Barbara Schulte

Your pain of losing your horse may lessen over time, but that doesn’t mean that the love you felt will ever go away. This is true whether you lost a beloved pet or a member of your family.

14. “When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk. He trots the air, the earth sings when he touches it.” — William Shakespeare

This quote is from Henry V. Even though the previous quote is often used by horse lovers, this one from the same play is also perfect: “He is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him. He is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.”

15. “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

John Lyons is a horse trainer who obviously understands the connection you feel with your horse.

16. “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

Many writers and horse lovers have described the strength, beauty, and grace of a horse, not many are in tune enough with the animal to describe them as “humble.”

17. “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

Toni Robinson is a non-fiction author who has written on a wide variety of subjects. 

18. “Wherever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprint of a horse beside it.” — John Trotwood Moore

Even if your friends or family members don’t understand the connection you have with horses, they must at least grasp how vital horses have been in the history of civilization.

19. “You and your horse. His strength and beauty. Your knowledge and patience and determination and understanding and love. That’s what fuses the two of you onto this marvelous partnership that makes you wonder, ‘What can heaven offer any better then what I have here on earth?’” — Monica Dickens

Monica Dickens has written books for adults as well as children. Her love of horses is evident to one reading her novels. 

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

Ronald Duncan was an English horse breeder and writer. He particularly loved Arabian horses and was best known for writing the poem called “The Horse.” 

21. “Best friends come in all breeds.” — Unknown

Best friends aren’t just humans. don’t know who said this statement, but we do know that this person understands how close someone can feel to an animal friend. 

22. “If you have gained the trust of a horse, you have won a friend for life.” — Unknown

Even after your horse passes, it will forever be in your heart. 

23. “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” — Winston Churchill

You may not connect Winston Churchill with horses but he was a rather accomplished equestrian. He enjoyed horses all his life and was also known for saying, “Don’t give your son money. As far as you can afford it, give him horses.”

24. “I smile when I catch God watching me through the eyes of a horse.” — Kevin Weatherby

Kevin Weatherby is a cowboy pastor who grew up in Texas. 

Consoling Thoughts

Hopefully, these quotes help you put into words the love that you feel for horses, especially if you have recently lost a special animal. Losing a pet is difficult, no matter if your pet is a chihuahua or a Clydesdale. Give yourself permission and time to grieve. 

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