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Speaking of horses….

Have you ever said of someone very energetic that he was "feeling his oats"?

Do people ever say you "eat like a horse"?

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 there"?

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:
They've really attracted "
the carriage trade". So they are serving a wealthy clientele (that can afford to maintain their own carriage and horses).

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
It's not 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 about!

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 origins.

Now don't get on your high horse.

A HORSE BREEDER’S ‘HOW TO’ MANUAL: Submitted by Joyce Rogers, from the NightWind's Horse Power newsletter.

  • How to make a mare come in season? Take her to a show.
  • 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.”

The Tennessee Walking Horse by D.M. Cotton

A Near Death Experience

Copyright Walking Horse News 2003