Learn your Horse Idioms: Part 2

David Sanderson Horse Language & Idioms

hi3We are back with Part 2 of our series on horse idioms! If you missed Part 1, here’s a link. Below you’ll find 5 more horse phrases that are (or were) part of our everyday language. Some of those phrases are more well-know and used more often – while others aren’t heard as much anymore. So here’s the next 5!

Climb/Get on your high horse

If someone gets on their high horse about a subject, they become angry about it and start criticizing other people as if they are better or more clever than them.

Example: It’s no good getting on your high horse about education. Not everyone can afford private schools.

Straight from the horse’s mouth

Something that was said from an authoritative or dependable source.

Example: I know for a fact it’s true. I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth!

Hold your horses!

Wait! (or Hold on!)

Example: Hold your horses. We can’t leave yet!

So hungry I could eat a horse.

Something that you say when you are very hungry

Example: I’ve had nothing but a salad all day – I could eat a horse.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink

You can present someone with an opportunity, but you cannot force him or her to take advantage of it.

Example: I gave Mary a chance to go to any school she wanted, but she decided not to go. I guess you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

Do you know any others? Let us know in the comments if you have one you’d like for us to add to our future posts!