Today we’re going to talk about horses. I learned a lot about horses as I worked on IN A HANDFUL OF DUST. I’ve not been in many saddles, but I’m told I “sit a horse well,” which makes me feel accomplished.
So you’ve probably heard the phrase “form the horse’s mouth,” meant to indicate that the information being shared is definitely true. This saying came about because a horse’s age can be accurately judged by looking at its teeth. If you were buying a horse you’d go straight to the horse’s mouth to determine it’s age, rather than rely on the honesty of the seller.
Now you know! However, I do not advise this approach on humans. It is both misleading and socially unacceptable.