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horse sense

Common sense. I'm not surprised he got hurt—that kid doesn't have the horse sense to get out of a dangerous situation.
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horse sense

Fig. common sense; practical thinking. Bob is no scholar but he has a lot of horse sense. Horse sense tells me I should not be involved in that project.
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horse sense

Sound practical sense, as in She's got too much horse sense to believe his story. The exact allusion in this term, which dates from the mid-1800s, is disputed, since some regard horses as rather stupid. However, they tended to be viewed more positively in the American West, where the term originated.
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horse sense

Good common sense. The origin of this Americanism is a matter of dispute, since there is considerable disagreement concerning the native intelligence of horses. Some think they are rather stupid animals, although it is generally conceded that they have enough sense to return to their barn whenever they have a chance. Others believe the shrewdness denoted by horse sense is possessed principally by horse traders, who are well known for that quality. In any event, the term originated in the first half of the nineteenth century in the American West and was still considered relatively new in 1870, when it was defined in an issue of The Nation, although it had appeared in print a number of times from 1833 on. Comedian W. C. Fields supposedly said, “Horse sense is a good judgment that keeps horses from betting on people.”
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For more information, visit horsesense.eventbrite.com or call 603431-8560.
Lucy Owen, 18 and based at the Swallowfield Equestrian Centre at Lapworth, was runner-up in the Horsesense Preliminary Championship on the consistent Rumbush Dylan, who was also third in the Novice Restricted Championship and eighth in the Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle final.
The UKonline website; GETSHIRTY: Michele and Alan Finch launched their company's successful website in 1996; HORSESENSE: Doreen provides riding lessons via the internet
The club was competing in the Horsesense Riding Club inter-branch dressage competition and they finished ahead of the South Warwickshire team and Huntingdon Riding Club from Cambridgeshire.
One example of targeting the equine market is the Red River Farm Network's initiative called HorseSense.
Our 'HorseSense' initiative is a separate venture for us and has done very well providing the information content our listeners want," says Don Wick, with the Red River Farm Network, Grand Forks, ND.