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Anonymous asked in PetsHorses · 1 month ago

What does "healthy as a horse" mean?

How is health associated with horses? 

Update:

Do horses say "healthy as a human"?

Update 2:

You're as healthy as a human! 

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  • 1 month ago

    That is not a saying.

    As fit as a butchers dog would be more apt.

  • 1 month ago

    It means that back in the late 1800s, horses were work animals.  If they could work, they were considered "healthy."  If they couldn't work, they were slaughtered.

    Therefore, the uninformed considered horses to always be very healthy, because they couldn't see the lamenesses and thinness and so on that showed they really weren't healthy, and they never saw horses that were bad enough that they could have seen were unhealthy.

    As Christine said, the saying is ironic, though the sayer usually doesn't realize it.  Horses can be really fragile.

  • 1 month ago

    This statement seems a bit ironic.  I've worked enough around horses to know they are generally NOT healthy.  They're always needing some veterinary or farrier care.  Costly animals.  

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Before mechanized equipment like motor vehicles and farm machines, horses were commonplace and used for everything from transportation to plowing to harvesting timber, etc.    Horses were a symbol of strength and health.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Never heard of  it. Strong as a horse yes. Also, hung like a horse. Hope this helps.

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