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Proverbs containing the word Horse

Put the saddle on the right horse

Blame those who deserve it, not those who don't. An author's new book had been reviewed unfavourably in a literary weekly. He said to an... Read more →

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse

It is no use giving a hint to a person who is determined not to take it.

Never spur a willing horse

A 'willing horse' is a person who works well and without complaint. (All lay loads on willing horse) Don't urge him on to work harder and... Read more →

Never look a gift horse in the mouth

Never be too critical of anything you have received as a gift. The condition of a horse's teeth is a good guide to its age. If a man needs a... Read more →

It is useless to flog a dead horse

It is a waste of time to try to revive interest in a worn-out or forgotten subject, or to argue about something that was settled long since. 'I... Read more →

It is too late to lock the stable when the horse has been stolen

It is useless to take precautions after something has happened that could have been foreseen and guarded against. The French version is, 'After... Read more →

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride

If we could achieve our aims by merely wishing, life would be very easy. This means the same as if 'ifs' and 'ans' were pots and pans…

For want of a nail…

For a want of a nail the shoe is lost,for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost. This proverb which stresses... Read more →

You may lead a horse to the water, but you cannot make him drink

You may be acting in the best interests of the horse by taking him to the trough, but if he doesn’t want to drink is not going to – and... Read more →

Every horse thinks its own pack heaviest

We all imagine that we have a greater load to carry than anybody else; that nobody works harder than we do, or has to put up with more... Read more →