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HORSE

My experience of horses is that they never throw away a chance to go lame, and that in all respects they are well meaning and unreliable animals. I have also observed that if you refuse a high price for a favorite horse, he will go and lay down somewhere and die.
- San Francisco Bulletin, 12/6/1866

I know the horse too well. I have known the horse in war and in peace, and there is no place where a horse is comfortable. A horse thinks of too many things to do which you do not expect. He is apt to bite you in the leg when you think he is half asleep. The horse has too many caprices, and he is too much given to initiative. He invents too many new ideas. No, I don't want anything to do with a horse.
- Mark Twain's Speeches, 11/10/1900

Clemens as buckaroo

Benjamin West Clinedinst's
illustration for an 1899 edition of
Roughing It.

...I am not an expert in horses and do not speak with assurance. I can always tell which is the front end of a horse, but beyond that my art is not above the ordinary.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

If the horses knew their strength we should not ride anymore.
- Mark Twain's notebook #42

I am one of the poorest horsemen in the world, and I never mount a horse without experiencing a sort of dread that I may be setting out on that last mysterious journey which all of us must take sooner or later, and I never come back in safety from a horseback trip without thinking of my latter end for two or three days afterward.
- quoted in Mark Twain in Hawaii, Walter Francis Frear

 

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