Wishing on a White Horse

Long ago, my mom's best friend taught my sisters and I how to wish upon a white horse.  Before she bestowed this knowledge upon us, I'd never ever before heard that white horses were lucky, but an intrigued child with plenty of banked wishes, I didn't question her logic.  We were fascinated, and listened carefully to her tutorial of how to wish upon a white horse.

* spot a white horse
* lick your thumb
* stamp your thumb in your open palm
* make your wish
* seal your wish by punching your opposite fist into your open palm
* wait for wish to come true

One thing I do know, it's definitely something I've never forgotten.  Learning this as a child was magical as it was such a strange, weird, and unique set of instructions to follow in order to cast a wish.  Yet regardless, ever since that day, I've found myself scanning the horizon on road trips in search of every white horses without any markings, splashes, or spots, eager to make that next wish.

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12 comments

Robyn said...

and-have they come true...hope so!

Lindsay said...

I've never heard of this! How fun!

Leslie said...

What a great thing to teach a child. :)

rooth said...

I haven't heard about this either. I'll be making wishes often now

Diana Mieczan said...

I really like this and I think that it's such a sweet idea:) Hope you are having a great week so far. Muah

Tracy Clark said...

my Mom taught us this exact method and to this day (I'm 50 now) I always wish on white horses. I even found a beautiful print of a white horse and sent it to her, signed, "to my Mom, who taught me to wish on white horses" and she treasures it.

Tracy Clark said...

my Mom taught us this exact method and to this day (I'm 50 now) I always wish on white horses. I even found a beautiful print of a white horse and sent it to her, signed, "to my Mom, who taught me to wish on white horses" and she treasures it.

Ann Hall said...

I have done this since i was a child in Michigan (44 now) and never known anyone else who does it. I think my dad taught me.

Ann Hall said...

I have done this since i was a child in Michigan (44 now) and never known anyone else who does it. I think my dad taught me.

Anonymous said...

I learned to make a wish on a white horse as a child in Ohio many, many years ago. Like the other responders I have never met anyone else who did this. Never knew there was a poem with it.

Anonymous said...

When you see a white horse, make a wish, lick your thumb, and press it into the palm of your other hand. Stamp the wet palm with your fist while saying:

"Crisscross, white horse."
If you stamp "crisscross, white horse" one
hundred times, your wish should
come true in a month's time.

(In some places the chant is:
"Crisscross, white hoss,
Money for the week's done.")

When you see a white horse, make a wish and say:

."White horse, white horse, ding, ding, ding.
Grant my wish for a very good thing."

(In some places the chant is:

"White horse, white horse,
ding, ding, ding.
On my way I'll find something.")

Annie perry said...

Yikes! I am 74 and my dad taught me that in the mid 40's! I always thought he made it up, but have been doing it since i was 6!