I thought about all the references to a horse through the use of idioms. The definition of an idiom are words, phrases or expressions that cannot be taken literally. In other words, when used in everyday language, each has a meaning other than the basic one you would find in the dictionary. There are many idioms mentioning the horse - here are just a few examples, both in word and in photos....
- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. How true this is! In other words, you can give someone the opportunity to do something but you cannot force him or her to do it if they do not want to. This phrase dates from the 12th century and was in John Heywood's proverb collection of 1546.
|... depends on the thirst|
- Straight from the horses' mouth. Something heard directly from the person who said it and is regarded as trustworthy. It is derived from the 1920's meaning in getting information directly from a person or place, direct from the source or origin.
|... I'm telling you the way it is|
|... I can help you with some advice|
|... you'll have to catch me first|
|... I can jump higher than you|
|...I'm thinking of spring|
|... to know is to be|
I wrote a post in April of 2013 entitled "Horse Magic, a Camera & Ray Hunt". It has more information about horses and those who love them....
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