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Get off your high horse

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July 27th, 2009

In the days before Jeeps and tanks, military forces depended greatly on horses, not only for their cavalry units but for the commanding officers who needed to move quickly about the ranks giving orders. Particularly in the middle ages, many of these commanding officers were nobles, and their mounts, very expensive riding horses that were taller and stronger than most others. These superior riding horses soon became associated with high status and wealth, which is why today we say get off your high horse to anyone who takes a superior attitude to someone else. "Bob was acting superior until we all told him to get off of his high horse."