Shakespeare's Horse Quotes (Shakespeare's dates are 1564-1616 and the Tudor period ends with the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, but I am him including him here because for most of his life he was a Tudor)
A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
King Richard III (V, 4,10-17)
When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
He's of the colour of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger.... he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.
Indeed, my lord, it a a most absolute and excellent horse.
It is the prince of palfreys: his neigh is like the bidding of a monarch, and his countenance enforces homage.
Henry V (III, 7, 11-29)
He doth nothing but talk of his horse.
The Merchant of Venice (I, 2,10)
The strong-neck’d steed, being tied unto a tree,
Breaketh his rein, and to her straight goes he.
Imperiously he leaps, he neighs, he bounds,
And now his woven girths he breaks asunder;
The bearing earth with his hard hoof he wounds,
Whose hollow womb resounds like heaven’s thunder;
The iron bit he crushes ’tween his teeth,
Controlling what he was controlled with.
Venus and Adonis (274-281)
Look, when a painter would surpass the life,
In limning out a well-proportion’d steed,
His art with nature’s workmanship at strife,
As if the dead the living should exceed;
So did this horse excel a common one,
In shape, in courage, colour, pace and bone.
Round-hoof’d, short-jointed, fetlocks shag and long,
Broad breast, full eye, small head, and nostril wide,
High crest, short ears, straight legs and passing strong,
Thin mane, thick tail, broad buttock, tender hide:
Look, what a horse should have he did not lack,
Save a proud rider on so proud a back.
Venus and Adonis (289-301)
O! for a horse with wings!
Cymbeline (III, 2, 48)