Have you ever said of someone very
energetic that he was "feeling his oats"?
Do people ever
say you "eat like a
Have you noticed that one particular
person always seems to "have the inside track"?
Or when the
office cleared out on a Friday that everyone "high-tailed it out of
When you stop to think about it, a great
many commonly used expressions come to us directly from the days of
real horse power.
Here are some more:
attracted "the carriage
trade". So they are
serving a wealthy clientele (that can afford to maintain their own carriage and
Don't look a gift horse in the
polite to assess the value of a gift - and of course, the older the horse
(which you can judge from looking into its mouth to examine its teeth), the
less it's worth.
He's got the bit in his teeth.
So you won't be able
to stop him now, whatever it is he's doing, or going on and on
Well, there's no use flogging a dead horse
so I won't keep on about all the horse
related sayings, but there are an amazing number of them, still commonly used
by a generation that really doesn't know anything at all about their
Now don't get on your high horse.
A HORSE BREEDERS HOW TO
MANUAL: Submitted by Joyce Rogers, from the NightWind's Horse Power
- How to make a mare come in season? Take her to a
- How to induce labour in a mare? Take a nap.
- How to get a mare in foal the first cover? Let the
wrong stallion get out of his stall.
- How to make sure that a mare has that perfectly
marked, beautiful foal you always wanted? Sell her before she foals.
Some folks out for a ride on their TWH spied a
picture perfect field with rolling hills and stream. Wondering if they could
get permission to ride there, they went up to the gate where they saw this
sign: WARNING The farmer allows walkers in this pasture for
free - but the bull charges.