Definition of you can lead (or take) a horse to water but you can't make him drink in English:

you can lead (or take) a horse to water but you can't make him drink

phrase

proverb
  • You can give someone an opportunity, but you can't force them to take it.

    • ‘It's really hard - you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink it.’
    • ‘To paraphrase Keynes, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.’
    • ‘But the old, old cliché says you can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink, well we believe that we can make him thirsty.’
    • ‘As the saying goes that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink, so the same goes with standards education.’