That’s What She Said: 25 Quotes From Famous Horsewomen

“Why, I have been told three different times by various doctors that I would never get on a horse again! But I always did!”– Annie Oakley

March is Women’s History Month, which means Horse Nation gets to celebrate famous horse women — and famous women who said things about horses — in our own way. Today, we want to highlight some awesome quotes by horsewomen and about horses by women. So here are some inspiring, funny, and just generally ridiculous quotes — most horsey, some not — from women throughout history:

  • “Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you’ll hit the bull’s-eye of success.” — Annie Oakley

  • “Well, I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.” — Calamity Jane
  • “In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.”  – Helen Thompson Wooley
  • “Treat a horse like a woman and a woman like a horse; and they’ll both win for you.” — Elizabeth Arden
  • “A man mounted on his horse is twice the man he is on the ground.” – Diana Vreeland
  • “Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.” — Sandra Day O’Connor

  • “I ain’t afraid to love a man. I ain’t afraid to shoot him either.” — Annie Oakley
  • “For one to fly, one needs only to take the reins.” — Melissa James
  • “A pony is a childhood dream. A horse is an adulthood treasure.” — Rebecca Carroll
  • “I’d rather ride on a Mustang, than in one.” — BaileyAnn Neal
  • “Amazing the things you find when you bother to search for them.” — Sacagawea

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  • “I have given a great deal of thought to the matter in order to not appear hysterically oversympathetic and just another ‘do-gooder.'” — Velma Bronn Johnston, aka Wild Horse Annie
  • “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
  • “A horse can lend its rider the speed and strength he or she lacks – but the rider who is wise remembers it is no more than a loan.” — Pam Brown
  • “Through the days of love and celebration and joy, and through the dark days of mourning – the faithful horse has been with us always.” — Elizabeth Cotton
  • “In the end, we don’t know what horses can do. We only know that when, over the past thousands of years, we have asked something more of them, at least some of them have readily supplied it.” – Jane Smiley
  • I don’t like people,” said Velvet. “I only like horses.” ― Enid Bagnold
  • “Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us.” – Virginia Woolf
  • “People on horses look better than they are. People in cars look worse than they are.” – Marya Mannes
  • “A camel may be a horse designed by a committee, but a horse was designed by a woman.” ― Chloe Thurlow
  • “The right to buck off a human being is one of the universal rights of horses” ― Lara Prior-Palmer
  • “I should like to be a horse.” — Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • “But what truly horsey girls discover in the end is that boyfriends, husbands, children, and careers are the substitute-for horses.” ― Jane Smiley
  • “A woman never looks better than on horseback.” – Jane Austen
  • “To place your horse’s need for you to let him leave his failing body above your need to keep him with you – that – is the greatest and purest love.” – Cynthia Garrett

What are your favorite quotes from famous horse women or said by famous women about horses? Let us know in the Facebook comments!