The Prophet (s.a.w) and his love of Horses
The Prophets love for horses is well documented, he had forbidden the practice of cutting the tails or the manes of horses, and of branding animals at any soft spot, and of keeping horses saddled unnecessarily.
Just some of the many authentic sayings of Rasool Allah (s.a.w) in regards to horses:
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah said: There should be no awards (for victory in a competition) except on arrows, camels or horses.
Sunan An Nasai Hadith No. 3601
It was narrated that Anas bin Malik said: The Messenger of Allah said: 'Blessing is in the forelocks of horses.'
Sunan An Nasai Hadith No. 3593
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah said: Horses may bring reward to a man, or they may be a means of protection, or they may be a burden (of sin). As for that which brings reward, it is a man who keeps it for the cause of Allah and ties it with a long rope in a pasture or a garden; whatever it eats or drinks in that pasture or garden will count as good deeds for him. If it breaks its rope and jumps over one or two hills, its footsteps -and according to the Hadith of Al-Harith, its dung will count as good deeds for him. If it passes by a river and drinks from it, even though (its owner) did not intend to give it water from that river, that will also bring him reward. If a man keeps a horse in order to earn an independent living and avoid asking others for help, and he does not forget his duty toward Allah with regard to their (the horses') necks and backs, then they will be a means of protection for him. If a man keeps horses out of pride, to show off before others and to fight the Muslims, then that will be a burden (of sin) for him. The Prophet was asked about donkeys and he said: Nothing has been revealed to me concerning them except this Verse which is comprehensive in meaning: 'So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it.'
Sunan An Nasai Hadith No. 3598
It was narrated from Salim, from his father, that the Prophet said: "Omens are only in three things: a woman, a horse or a house."
It was narrated that Anas said: There was nothing dearer to the Messenger of Allah after women than horses.
Sunan Nasai; Al-Mujtaba, Hadith: 3565 and Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 2546
Sayyiduna Abu Wahb Al Jushami (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“Hold fast onto horses, rub their forelocks and their rump or their hips [showing kindness to them and to clean them], put [something] around their neck [if you wish] but do not put bowstrings”
Indeed it was also one of the commandments that he ordained for every father that he teach his children to ride.