Journal prompts for horse-loving kids

Writing prompts about horses set imaginations ablaze as young writers explore the worlds of horse racing, horse shows, Western & English style riding

Close your eyes and step into a barn where feed, hay, and leather tack bathe your senses. Imagine your horse’s smooth coat and glistening eyes as the two of you come alive in an early morning ride. Now, capture a few of your thoughts and feelings with these writing prompts about horses.

1. And the Winner is…

If you could spend one day as either a sleek Triple Crown race horse or fancy, high-stepping show horse, which would you choose and why?

2. Through Rain, or Snow, or Gloom of Night

From police to cowboys to stagecoach drivers, people from all walks of life have formed close bonds with their horses. Write about three ways horses have helped mankind throughout history.

3. Sitting Tall in the Saddle

Western style riding offers the security of a wide saddle, the casual feel of both reins in one hand, and the smooth gait of the Western jog. English style riders enjoy a lighter saddle, a lively trotting gait, and the option to compete in dressage events. Which style do you prefer? Explain your opinion.

4. A Perfect Partnership

Riders quickly learn that half-hearted signals won’t control their steeds. For successful horse and rider communication, you must be fully present and committed to following through with each signal. Write about a time when riding—or another outdoor activity—demanded you to give one-hundred percent. Describe the challenges you faced and the result you achieved.

5. One of a Kind

In personality, appearance, and skill, no two horses are alike. Breyer model horses capture this spirit with handcrafted sculptures, painted and finished by the finest artisans. Perhaps a Breyer model reminds you of a horse you hope to own someday. Maybe you’ve already had the good fortune to meet this special animal. Write about your dream horse and what makes it unique.

6. Little Things

Have you ever wondered about your horse’s strange behavior, and later discovered rocks stuck in a hoof? Write about an experience with your horse (or sibling or best friend) when you learned that small things in life make large difference.

If your kids went wild over these writing prompts about horses, be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!

Writing prompts about horses set imaginations ablaze as young writers explore the worlds of horse racing, horse shows, Western & English style riding



  • Posted September 12, 2013

    Addison Bryant

    Your horse got out of the stable and is running loose around town! What do you do and how did he or she get out? Explain.

  • Posted September 12, 2013

    Addison Bryant

    I love this site and hope that my prompt will add to the fun of writing! 🙂

  • Posted September 12, 2013


    Thanks for that great addition to our prompts, Addison! Love it!

  • Posted November 2, 2018

    Arwyn Kristensen

    You guys need some more writing prompts.

    • Posted November 2, 2018

      Kim Kautzer

      Arwyn: You can find tons more writing prompts of all kinds here!

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