It’s often said you should never look a gift horse in the mouth.
I’m going to take it a step further: you shouldn’t look any horse in the mouth; horse mouths are gross.
Horse mouths are full of big ugly horse teeth, a bulbous ungainly horse tongue, and a whole wad of horse spit. It’s almost impossible for horses to properly floss because they have hooves and not opposable thumbs, so there’s all kinds of chewed up bits of crap in there.
It’s not a coincidence no language has coined the phrase: as lovely as a horse’s mouth.
I have recently read that since horses don’t have hands, they like to explore things with their mouths. You have no idea where that horse’s mouth has been. Just stop and think about all of the places you’ve put your hands. Disturbing, isn’t it?
It’s supposed to be a good thing when something comes straight from the horse’s mouth, but anything that has come straight form a horse’s mouth is going to be sticky and gross.
And sometimes horses bite.
Do you know a really good way to not be bitten by a horse?
Stop looking in its mouth!
When you think about it–it’s just rude. If somebody just sauntered up to you and started poking around on the inside of your mouth, you’d probably bite them too.
I know the point of the phrase is to not be critical of a gift, but if someone gives you a gift and it’s a horse’s mouth, go ahead and be critical.
What kind of a friend gives a gift that looks like this: