Is a horse considered "his and he" or "it and its?"


It’s been said that the human will is much like that of a wild horse, naturally stubborn, and insistent on his own way. But when a horse is broken, he obeys the commands of the rider and is deemed valuable. 

asked Dec 07 '13 at 22:39 Susan Contributor

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I would use "it" in this case. If you are talking about a specific horse, and know its gender, then you can use he or she.

link comment answered Dec 08 '13 at 01:04 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

When horse people say, "horse", they mean a male, and a female is a mare.

That doesn't help you out much, but it's still interesting. Patty's advice is spot on.

link comment answered Dec 08 '13 at 01:46 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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