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Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive A-Z index of equestrian terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe

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Jute Rug

Horse & Pony Terms | What Is A Jute Rug?

A Jute rug is a traditional type of stable rug made from a Hessian sacking type material They are heavy particularly if muddy and are not in common use in the Uk, although they are widely available to buy in Australia Some folks like them as they can help to shine a horse's coat
Horse Wearing The Traditional Made Of Natural Fibres Jute Rug

Jute Rugs Can Get Too Heavy & Cause Rubbing Leading To Sores

Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe
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Above The Bit

When the horse raises it's head above the level of the rider's hands thus reducing rider control

How a horse tires to avoid contact

How A Horse Will Try To Avoid Contact
'Above The Bit'



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Acepromazine

Acepromazine, often called Ace, is commonly used to tranquillize horses for veterinary procedures when it is used as an aid in calming and controlling fractious horses during examination, treatment, loading and transportation Its use on geldings and stallions can cause penile prolapse, or an inability to retract the penis back into the sheath, in rare cases this can be permanent

Acepromazine, often called Ace, is commonly used to tranquillize horses for veterinary procedures when it is used as an aid in controlling fractious animals during examination, treatment, loading and transportation Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British, some are American and a few are specific to Europe We hope you find our A-Z Index of Equestrian Terms useful Feel free to add your own horse terms and the odder they are the better – use the comments box below and do please add a brief explanation You can use the search box if you want to check that it’s not already included

Acey-Deucy

Acey Deucy | Horse Racing Term

This refers to uneven stirrups, popularized by Hall of Fame American jockey Eddie Arcaro, who rode with his left stirrup iron lower than his right to achieve better balance on turns
The Jockey Eddie Arcaro Who Died In 1997 and who coined the term acey-deucy

The Jockey Eddie Arcaro Who Died In 1997

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Action

The movement of the horses's legs

A Horse In Action | Beach Gallop

What a Beautiful Horse


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Aegidienberger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_HKrdyyYPcI

The Aegidienberger

This new rare breed is from Germany and is a relatively recent cross between the Peruvian Paso and the very pure blood of the Icelandic Horse The breed has been created to suit the colder climate of Germany using the hardiness of the Icelandic with the refined nature of the Spanish Peruvian Paso Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe
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Aged

A horse over 15 years old

An Aged Horse Over 15 Years Old

Still Looking Good

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Aging

Estimating The Age Of A Horse By Examining The Teeth

Horse teeth often wear in specific patterns, based on the way the horse eats its food, and these patterns are often used to evaluate the age of the horse after it has developed a full mouth, a full mouth occurs after five years
Pony teeth exam

This Foal Is Behaving Well For The Vet

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Agister

What Is An Agister?

This is an official of the New Forest Verderers who controls grazing on the Forest by New Forest Ponies and other livestock
Agister At Work In The New Forest

The Agister Helps To Maintain The New Forest Livestock

The Agisters are employees of the Verderers. Their work is to assist in the management of Commoners' stock in the Forest Specifically, they: watch over the Forest to ensure that the owners of depastured stock, and others, meet the requirements of the Verderers in respect of stock welfare, payment of marking fees, etc inform the Verderers of any possible breaches of the Verderers' byelaws attend road accidents and other incidents involving commoners' animals; deal with injured animals at the scene and humanely destroying animals if necessary organise the construction and ongoing maintenance of stock pounds within their area arrange and manage the rounding up of ponies and cattle in the autumn and at other times as required by regular inspection on foot, vehicle and horseback, an Agister will acquire, and maintain, a thorough and up to date knowledge of depastured stock and of ground conditions
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Aids

Signals or cues by which the rider communicates their wishes to the horse The natural aids include the voice, the legs, the hands and the rider's weight Artificial aids include the whip and spurs



spur are one of the artificial aids used in horse riding

Spurs | Always Use With Care

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Airs Above The Ground

High school movements performed by highly trained horses, where either the front legs or all four legs are off the ground

An Extreme Example Of Airs Above The Ground

High Flying Lipizzaner Performing
Airs Above The Ground


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Akhal Teke

A Horse Breed From Turkmenistan

Lovely Example of The Horse Breed | Akhal Teke

Enjoying Life

The Akhal-Teke has a fine head with a straight or slightly convex profile, and long ears. It also has almond-shaped eyes. The mane and tail are usually sparse. The long back is lightly muscled, and is coupled to a flat croup and long, upright neck. The Akhal-Teke Horse possess sloping shoulders and thin skin These horses have strong, tough, but fine limbs. They have a rather slim body and ribcage (like an equine version of the greyhound), with a deep chest. The conformation is typical of horses bred for endurance over distance. The Akhal-Tekes are lively and alert, with a reputation for bonding to only one person The breed is tough and resilient, having adapted to the harshness of Turkmenistan lands, where horses must live without much food or water. This has also made the horses good for sport. The breed has great endurance, as shown in 1935 when a group of Turkmen riders rode the 2500 miles from Ashgabat to Moscow in 84 days, including a three-day crossing of 235 miles of desert without water

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Albino Horse

A colour type of horse, characterized by pink skin and a pure white coat

A Horse Of Albino Appearance

This Horse Appears To Be Albino

There has never been a genetically verified albino horse as the albino gene does not occur in horses There are two colours that appear albino. One is Cremello, which is caused by two copies of the gene that makes a horse palomino or buckskin. They have pink skin and blue eyes. Cremello colouration is common in many horse breeds The other is dominant white. The horse is born white, unlike a grey horse that is born any other colour and turns white with time. They have pink skin and can have blue or brown eyes

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Altai

A horse Bred In The Altai Mountains Of Siberia...

This breed takes it’s name from the Altai mountains in Southern Siberia & like many breeds in unforgiving climates, they are built solidly and are very sure-footed. These animals have always been relied on to carry people & other precious cargo over mountainous terrain or through fast moving rivers Through their relative physical isolation, for many years their bloodlines remained fairly pure & new blood was never an accident. Until early in the 20th century when different breeds were introduced to the Altai stock with the intention of creating larger animals with more capacity for work While there may have been new blood introduced over the years, there is always a portion of the breed that is kept pure to maintain a strain of their ancient gene pool. In fact, there are still small bands of aboriginal horses in some regions of the Upper Altai even today & their physical characteristics retain many of the qualities of their ancestors
The Sure Footed Altai Horse

This Mare Is a Lovely Example Of The Altai Breed

The average height is quite small at normally 13.2 – 13.3 hands, they perform well under harsh conditions and they have the following physique Large, coarse head with small eyes Short, fleshy neck Long, dipped back Legs are short & well-set Feet and strong & sound Traditional Colours are black, chestnut, grey and bay




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Amble

The slow form of the lateral pacing gait

An Example Of A Gaited Horse Is The Icelandic

The Tolt | Performed By The Icelandic Horse

It is a pace faster than a walk but slower than a canter or gallop

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American Quarter Horse

An American horse breed renowned for its speed over short distances

Swoosh is an American Quarter House

Many Thanks To Ruth The Owner Of This Beautiful Girl For Supplying This Photo Of 'Swoosh' | Perfect Example Of An American Quarter Horse


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American Saddlebred

An American breed of horse famous for its exaggerated action and high stepping

Photo showing the high step of the American Saddlebred Horse

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Amnion

The Amnion Is The Placental Membrane Immediately Surrounding The Foal. It Is A Thin, Tough, Membranous Sac That Encloses The Foal While In The Womb

The Amnion is the placental membrane immediately surrounding the foal. It is a thin, tough, membranous sac that encloses the foal while in the womb Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe We hope you find our A-Z Index of Equestrian Terms useful Feel free to add your own – use the comments box below You can use the search box if you want to check that it’s not already included

Andulasian

Pure Spanish horse from the Iberian Peninsula

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Anglo Arab

The Anglo Arab is a crossbred horse that now also has its own status as a horse breed. It is a Thoroughbred crossed with an Arabian

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A lovely looking Anglo Arab Mare

Just Beautiful | This is 'Dinah Doodlebug'

Beautiful Anglo Arab

This Stunning Horse is An Anglo Arab Called 'My Solitaire'

'Grace' An Apt Name For This Elegant Horse

Meet 'Grace' What a Beautiful Anglo Arab Mare

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Apaloosa

A Horse with a colourful leopard-spotted coat pattern



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Appendix

A horse that is registered in the Appendix of the American Quarter Horse Registry



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Apple Butt

Apple Butt is the term given to describe a horse whose rear end, when viewed from the back is rounded with a low spot in the middle Their buttocks are higher than their backs and is normally seen in the heavier draft breed of horse
Apple Butt is the term given to describe a horse whose rear end, when viewed from the back is rounded with a low spot in the middle Their buttocks are higher than their backs and is normally seen in the heavier draft breed of horse

Easy To See Why It's Called An Apple Butt

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Arab

Horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula

Photo of a beautiful chestnut Arab horse

Such A Beautiful Breed Of Horse


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Ardennes

One of the oldest European breeds of draft horse

Photo of the Ardennes Breed of horse

A Strong & Sturdy Breed Of Horse


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Arthritis

Inflammation of a joint which is a condition affecting horses , humans and most other mammals

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Articular Windgall

A swelling found on the limbs of the horse - Most commonly found in the fetlock area Caused by wear and tear and can be caused/worsened by poor confirmation A form of Bursal enlargement



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Ass

The Ass or Donkey, Equus Africanus Asinus, is a domesticated member of the Equidae or horse family...



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At Grass

A horse that has been turned out into a field

These Horses Are Very Happy To be Out On Grass

Munching Away Very Happily



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Atypical Myopathy

Atypical Myopathy is a highly fatal muscle disease which can affect horses and ponies in the Uk and northern Europe
Recent research links the condition to the toxins found in the seeds of the Sycamore tree

Atypical myopathy is a highly fatal muscle disease in the Uk and northern Europe Recent research links the condition to the toxins found in the seeds of the Sycamore tree

The Seeds Of The Sycamore Tree Can Be Fatal To Horses

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Aubiose

A low dust bedding made from cultivated hemp, thought to be of particular benefit to horses with laminitis as it provides comfortable and supportive bedding


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Australian Bent Leg

A stirrup iron that has one side with an S bend shape, regarded as excellent safety irons for all ages, also known as 'Simplex Iron'...

Bent Leg Stirrup Irons On Sale

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Australian Cheeker

This is a rubber device that runs from the headpiece down the front of the horse's face where it is attached to each side of the bit, it's purpose is to keep the bit high in the mouth, mostly used on racehorses...

Australian Cheeker Picture

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Australian Pony

An Australian breed of pony that is similar to the Welsh Pony



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Azoturia

A condition affecting the muscles of a horse Also known as Rhabdomyelosis



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B

When you hear the expression 'B' it refers to one of the four groups that The Welsh Pony & Cob Society | Cymdeithas Y Merlod A’R Cobiau Cymreig categorise the Welsh horse and pony breeds


Section B: Welsh Pony Must not exceed 13.2 hands Any colour except piebald and skewbald In general terms they are hardy, very sure-footed and intelligent with small heads, bold eyes and small pointy ears More on the Welsh horses and ponies here
Section B Mare Called Hilin Lorna | Welsh Pony With The 'Wow' Factor

Perfect Example Of A Welsh Section 'B'

Back At The Knee

A fault in the conformation when the upper leg is set back when compared to the lower leg of the horse

Diagram showing 4 images of the horses knee

Conformation Fault As Shown In Diagram 2


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Back Breeding

Breeding back to a specific stallion to preserve a particular trait



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Bail

A pole that separates horses in an open stable



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Bald Faced

An American term used to describe a horse with a mostly white face



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Balking

Balking refers to a horse that stops and refuses to move, or may rear, evade the bit, back up, or turn around and refuse to go forward Horses that have a habit of this are said to be balky, causes are varied and could be due to a need for more training,poor riding, poorly fitting tack, or pain or distress experienced by the horse

Balking refers to a horse that stops and refuses to move, or may rear, root to evade the bit, back up, or turn around and refuse to go forward Horses that have a habit of this are said to be balky, causes are varied and could be due to poor riding, poorly fitting tack, or pain or distress experienced by the horse

No Amount Of Tugging Is Moving This Balky Pony

The term 'Balking' was one of several suggested by Emma on our Facebook page
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Bandy Legged

Regarded as a conformation fault it occurs when when the hocks of a horse turn outwards



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Banged Tail

A tail that is trimmed level at the bottom



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Banker Horse

An American feral pony that lives on the islands of North Carolina's Outer banks...



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Barley Saturday

Barley Saturday is an annual stallion parade that is held on the last Saturday of April in Cardigan, West Wales It’s original function was to mark the end of the barley planting by local farmers, additionally the parade was also an opportunity to show off locally bred stallions as well as to hire farmhands

Barley Saturday is an annual stallion parade that is held on the last Saturday of April in Cardigan, West Wales

One Of Many Stunning Stallions At Barley Saturday

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Barn Sour

Barn Sour is the term given to describe horses that are reluctant to leave the barn or their field companions


Barn Sour is the term given to describe horses that are reluctant to leave the barn or their field companions

Best Of Friends & Reluctant To Be Separated

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Barrel

The area between the forelegs and the loin of a horse



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Barrel Racing

An event in Western riding where the horse and rider race around three barrels

Barrel Racing An event in Western riding where the horse and rider race around three barrels

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Bars

The fleshy area between front and back teeth, this is where the bit in a horse's mouth rests



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Bascule

BASCULE is used to describe the arc that a horse makes as it jumps a fence



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Bay

Bay is a horse coat colour - dark brown with black mane and tail



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Behind The Bit

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When the horses head is tucked too far down to avoid contact with the bit



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BHS

The initials of the British Horse Society , this is a charity set up to promote the welfare and use of the horse and pony, and is now internationally recognised as the premier riding, training and examination organisation in the UK...

The British Horse Society has committed itself to improving all aspects of equine welfare and activity, their current campaigns represent the equestrian community on a vast range of issues affecting horses and riders Major campaigns include their long-running Fight for Rights of Way, which seeks to defend, enhance and maintain the UK’s bridleways network, and their Responsible Breeding campaign, which aims to reduce the number of equines requiring rescue through discouraging indiscriminate breeding

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Billet Strap

A Billet Strap is used to attach the girth to the saddle



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Bishoping

Bishoping is the illicit practice of attempting to make an older horse appear younger by filing his teeth and creating a false mark in the centre of the table...

Bishoping is the illicit practice of attempting to make an older horse appear younger by filing his teeth and creating a false mark in the centre of the table…
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Bit

The word 'Bit' refers to the mouthpiece made of metal or rubber, this is attached to the bridle and used by the rider to convey instructions to the horse



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Blaze

Long white marking down the front of a horses' face



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Blemish

A permanent mark or scar



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Blinker - Winker

Blinkers or Winkers,sometimes called Blinders, are a piece of horse tack that prevent the horse seeing to the rear and, in some cases, to the side They usually are made of leather or plastic cups that are placed on either side of the eyes, either attached to a bridle or to an independent hood

Blinkers or winkers,sometimes called Blinders, are a piece of horse tack that prevent the horse seeing to the rear and, in some cases, to the side

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Blood Horse

A Thoroughbred horse



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Blood Stock

Thoroughbred horse bred for racing



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Boarding Stable

Same as livery, a facility where horse owners pay to keep their horse or pony



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Body Brush

A short, soft bristled brush used to remove dust , grease and dried sweat from the coat of a horse...



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Boer Pony

This is a calm but tough pony that originates from South Africa, it can often perform additional gaits such as the slow gait and rack

The Boer Pony is a calm, tough pony originating from South Africa. It is often referred to as the Boerperd.

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Bog Spavin

Swelling of the Tibiotarsal joint of the horse's hock

Location on the leg of the tibiotarsal joint

Location Of The Tibiotarsal Joint



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Bone

Measurement used to determine how much weight a horse can carry , taken around the leg just below the hock or knee



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Bosal

A Bosal is a braided noseband used with a bitless bridle



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Bots

These horse flies lay eggs on the hairs of the horse's legs, the larvae is then transferred to the horses stomach when it tries to remove them by licking...



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Bowed Hocks

Where the hocks turn outwards - causing a horse to be bandy legged



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Box Walking

The term 'Box Walking' refers to a repetitive behaviour problem that is most commonly seen in stabled horses It may reflect frustration of their natural desire to move and exercise As the name suggests, the horse will constantly pace around it's stable or keep walking backwards and forwards
The term 'Box Walking' refers to a repetitive behaviour problem that is most commonly seen in stabled horses It may reflect frustration of their natural desire to move and exercise As the name suggests, the horse will constantly pace around it's stable or keep walking backwards and forwards

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Boxy Hooves

Boxy Hoof Refers to a horse hoof that is narrow and upright with a small frog and closed heel

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Branding

The process of applying a brand mark to a horse to denote breed or ownership using a hot branding iron...



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Break Maiden

Break Maiden


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Breaking In

When a horse is taught the skills and behaviour to be ridden or driven



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Breeching

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Breeching,sometimes called "britching", refers to a strap around the haunches of a draft, pack or riding animal Breeching engages when an animal slows down or travels downhill and is used to brake or stabilize a load. It can occur both under saddle and in harness Breeching engages when an animal slows down or travels downhill and is used to brake or stabilize a load. It can occur both under saddle and in harness Click The Photo To Enlarge Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions like this term Breeching, which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe We hope you find our A-Z Index of Equestrian Terms useful Feel free to add your own - use the comments box below
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Breeching Tack When A Horse Is Ridden

Breeching engages when an animal slows down or travels downhill and is used to brake or stabilize a load. It can occur both under saddle and in harness Click The Photo To Enlarge

Breed

A group bred selectively for the same characteristics



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Bridle

Tack worn on the horse's head used to control the animal

Horse wearing a bridle

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Bridle Hand

The left hand which holds the bridle in riding



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Broken In

A horse that has been taught to accept tack and rider

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Brood Mare

A female adult horse used for breeding

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Brow Band

A part of the bridle that prevents it slipping down the horses's neck, positioned under the ears


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Brushing

When the hoof or shoe hits the inside of the opposite leg at or near the fetlock



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Brushing Boot

Brushing Boots are worn by the horse in order to protect the whole of the inside of the leg below the knee including the fetlock joint

Horse wearing full set of brushing boots

Protecting The Lower Leg From Injury

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Buck

When the horse leaps in the air with the head down and back legs kicked out



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Buffer

A tool used by a farrier when shoeing a horse, it has one blunt chisel end for cutting clenches and a pointed end for punching out broken nails...



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Bursae

Sacs of synovial fluid around the bony areas to ease movement of tendons and muscles



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Bute

Bute is the common name for Phenylbutazone, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to control pain and swelling in horses Some racing organisations and showing authorities restrict its use prior to competition in order to reduce the risk of injury to horses It is banned in most endurance riding competition
Bute is the common name for Phenylbutazone, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to control pain and swelling in horses

Bute Is Often Administered Via The Horse's Feed

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Butterfly Flip Bit

The butterfly bit can have a straight, mullen or jointed mouth piece It is also called a 'post bit', there are one or two rings that extend below the junction of the first ring and the mouth piece
Photo showing the single jointed butterfly flip bit

The Butterfly Flip Bits Differ To The Butterfly Driving Bits

The smaller loop shaped ring sitting above the mouth piece is where the bridle attaches Because it is a curb bit, it will have loops to attach a curb strap or chain

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Calk

The word CALK refers to a pointed extension on the toe or heels of a horseshoe, designed to prevent slipping They are sometimes welded or forged onto the shoe or can be screwed into the horseshoe,these are often called shoe studs or screw-in calks Calks or studs improve a horse's balance and grip over uneven or slippery terrain, allowing the animal to move better and jump more confidently in poor footing Calks or studs improve a horse's balance and grip over uneven or slippery terrain, allowing the animal to move better and jump more confidently in poor footing Screw in calks are most often seen in speed sports, such as eventing, polo, and show jumping, although they are sometimes used for dressage screw in studs horseshoe Screw in calks are most often seen in speed sports, such as eventing, polo, and show jumping, although they are sometimes used for dressage Forged calks of various styles are more often seen on race horses and on working animals such as draft horses and some pack-horses and trail horses, though in some areas they are still seen on field hunters and other riding horses that have to work in all weather and require extra traction, such as police horses

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Canker

An infection in the horn producing tissues of the hoof...



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Cannon Bone

The bone between the knee and the fetlock of the foreleg

A diagram illustrating the location of the cannon bone in a horse leg

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Canter

The three beat gait of the horse, following on from the trot



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Cantle

The back ridge part of the seat area of an English saddle



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Capped Hocks

Swelling or puffiness on the point of the hock



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Capriole

A taught movement where the horse leaps with all four legs and strikes out with the back legs in mid leap



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Carriage Horse

A horse used for carriage driving



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Cart Horse

A cold blood heavy weight draft horse used traditionally for pulling heavy laden carts in farming and industry

Cart Horse is a cold blood heavy weight draft horse used traditionally for pulling heavy laden carts in farming and industry
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Cast Horse

If a horse rolls over too close to the wall of his stable and has insufficient room to right himself, he may become cast, more likely to occur at night...

Horse That Has Been Cast & Needing Help to Move

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Cat Hairs

What Are Cat Hairs On A Horse?

These are long hairs which can grow a week or so after a horse has been clipped, more likely to occur in January and February

Cat hairs on a horse These are long hairs which can grow a week or so after a horse has been clipped, more likely to occur in January and February



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Cat Hammed

Cat Hammed is a traditional term used to describe turned in hocks, which are regarded as a conformation fault It is also referred to as Cow Hocked
Diagram Illustrating The Appearance Of Cat Hammed Hocks aka as Cow Hocked

Cat Hemmed Hocks aka Cow Hocked

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Cavelletti

A set of low wooden jumps used to school horses



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Cavesson

There are two types | One is a noseband fitted to a bridle, the other is a leather or nylon headgear with attachments for side reins and lunge line - used for lunging a horse



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Chambon

A training aid used for lunging and consists of a divided rein which goes from the girth to the headpiece and onto the bit where it is attached by clips

A diagram of a chambon used in horse training

The chambon Prevents The Horse From Raising Its Head Beyond A Fixed Point



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Cheltenham Gag

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A type of horse bit that is usually used to lift the horse's head up as it raises the bit up in the horse's mouth

A Cheltenham gag horse bit is a type of horse bit that is usually used to lift the horse's head up as it raises the bit up in the horse's mouth

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Chestnut

What Is A Chestnut On A Horse?

There are two definitions | One is a reddish brown horse coat colour and the other is a small wrinkled rubbery callous on the inside of all four legs

A Striking Chesnut Horse

A Beautiful Flaxen Chestnut Horse


Definition Two | A Chestnut On A Horse's Leg

Chestnuts on A Horse's Leg

They Can Be Safely Trimmed If Unsightly


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Chiffney Bit

Also known as an anti-rearing bit, used for leading horses with a tendency to rear



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Chin Groove

The groove above the lower lip and where the curb chain of a curb bit lies

Points Of A Horse Which Includes The Location Of The Chin Groove

The Chin Groove Is Where The Curb Chain Sits



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Chinoteagues

The Only Native American Pony is The Chinoteague

Small & Hardy Breed Of Pony
The Chinoteague

Chinoteagues are the only pony native to the USA, they are normally about 12 hands high and are extremely hardy A small number of wild Chinoteagues live on the islands off the coast of Virginia
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Chip In

Occurs when a horse puts in an additional short stride in front of a fence


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Chrome

An American term used to describe the white markings of a horse



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Chukker

A Chukker is a seven and a half minute period in a polo game; in Hindu it means a 'circle'

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Cinch

The strap used to secure a Western saddle to the horse, called a girth in English riding



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Clean Legged

A horse without feathering on the lower legs



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Cleveland Bay

A breed originating from North east Yorkshire, always bay in colour with no white , apart from a small star...



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Coach Horse

A powerfully built horse capable of pulling a heavy coach



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Cob

A type and breed of horse that is of stocky appearance and is well adapted to weight carrying, used extensively for riding and driving

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Cobwebbing

Cobwebbing occurs in dun horses when there are rings or stripes of a slightly darker colour than the coat , they are found on the horse’s forehead Also called Spiderwebbing

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Coffin Bone

What Is The Coffin Bone?

This is also known as the pedal bone,and is the bottommost bone in the equine leg which is encased by the hoof capsule The coffin bone, also known as the pedal bone (U.S.), is the bottommost bone in the equine leg and is encased by the hoof capsule. Also known as the distal phalanx, third phalanx, or "P3". It is also known as the distal phalanx
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Coggins Test

A Blood Test To Detect Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA)

Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) is an exotic viral disease that affects horses, mules and donkeys. It is caused by a lentivirus and is spread via biting insects It does not commonly occur in Great Britain but it is present in other parts of the world. Details of the latest situation can be found on the EIA latest news page Horses are most likely to become infected when travelling abroad to countries, or areas of countries, where the disease is endemic, or from the use of biological products infected with the EIA virus EIA is often fatal to horses. If the affected animal recovers it remains a lifelong carrier of the disease and will thereby be infectious to other animals, therefore all infected animals must be humanely destroyed to control the spread of disease

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Cold Back

When a horse tenses or sinks the back when being tacked up or mounted



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Cold Blood

The name used to describe the heavy horse breeds from Europe which evolved from the prehistoric Forest horse


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Colic

The name given to abdominal pain suffered by a horse, there are many kinds of colic with varying causes and severity...



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Colic

A condition that causes abdominal pain in a horse , can range from mild to life threatening



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Collection

Where the horse lowers its hindquarters increasing the bend in the leg joints with a shorter stride length - this would be necessary in order for the horse to move more athletically when carrying our more advanced movements or jumping



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Coloured

A general term used to describe a horse with a white base colour and brown or black patches...

Handsome Coloured Horse Near Nefyn North Wales

A Lovely Example Of a Coloured Horse
Also Known As A Piebald


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Coloured

A general term used to describe horses that are black and white or brown and white (also known as Piebald and Skewbald)



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Colt

A young male horse up to the age of four that has not been castrated (gelded)



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Coming

An American term used to describe a horses age, if a horse is approaching three - it is said to be "coming three"



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Conformation

The way in which a horse is put together - and the relationship of particular parts of the horse in relation to its proportions



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Connemara

A pony native to Western Ireland , known for their good temperament and jumping ability...



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Coronet

The band around the top of the hoof



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Counter Canter

Where the horse canters in a circle with the outside leg leading instead of the more usual inside leg



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Courbette

A dressage movement performed after the levade, the horse hops forward on bent rear legs



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Cow Hocks

Where the hocks of a horses leg are turned in - like those of a cow



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Cracked Heels

Inflammation of the heels causing infection and cracked skin, also known as Mud Fever and Greasy Heel



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Creep Feeding

A term given to a milk based feed given to an unweaned foal to ensure it's good condition and to avoid digestive problems when it is weaned

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Crest

Fat deposits in the neck, sometimes muscle



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Crib Biter

The name given to a horse that latches his teeth onto a solid surface in order to suck air - a stable vice caused by boredom and stress...
This Horse Is Crib Biting - A Habit Of Biting Any Wooden Parts In The Stable or Enclosure

Crib Biting Is Often Carried Out By Bored Horses That Are Stabled


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Crib Biting

Also called cribbing | When the horse bites something solid , often the stable door, and sucks air in through the mouth A stable vice often caused by anxiety or boredom


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Cross Breeding

The mating of different breeds or types of horses together



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Cross Ties

One way of tethering a horse using two ropes, one on each side connected to something solid like a wall



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Croup

The top of the hind quarters of a horse, from the point of the hip to the tail



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Crupper

A piece of tack normally worn by small, fat ponies or donkeys to stop the saddle from slipping forward, it is attached to the saddle with the other rounded end placed around the tail...



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Cuban Pinto

What is The Cuban Pinto?

The Cuban Pinto, or Pinto Cubano, is a horse breed descended from the Criollo horses brought to the island in the 15th century It is a rather calm and docile horse, and is commonly used as a mount by cattle ranch hands and in the tourism industry for trail riding The Cuban Pinto is of average size, and typically stands between 14 and 14.3 hands high It has a compact, well-muscled and strong body. Coat colour patterns differ and both the tobiano (spotted) and the overo (white over dark) patterns appear in Cuban Pinto horses Its muscular body type and working ability is due to its Quarter Horse ancestry, while its pleasing and harmonious conformation is derived from its Thoroughbred ancestors
The Cuban Pinto, or Pinto Cubano, is a horse breed descended from the Criollo horses brought to the island in the 15th century It is a rather calm and docile horse, and is commonly used as a mount by cattle ranch hands and in the tourism industry for trail riding

Trail Riding In Cuba

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Curb

When a strain causes a thickening of the tendon or ligament below the point of the hock



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Curb Bit

A Bit fitted with cheeks and a curb chain which lies in the chin groove, it works on the leverage principle acting on the lower jaw



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Curb Chain

A short chain used with a curb bit



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Cytek Shoe

A Cytek Horseshoe is a particular type of shoe offered by some farriers, the foot is trimmed slightly differently and the shoe has a very pronounced 'roll' at the front...

A Cytek Horseshoe is a particular type of shoe offered by some farriers, the foot is trimmed slightly differently and the shoe has a very pronounced 'roll' at the front
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Daisy Cutter

Daisy Cutter


This refers to a horse that moves with a long but low movement Daisy Cutter This refers to a horse that moves with a long but low movement It is considered highly desirable in hunter type horses It is considered highly desirable in hunter type horses
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Dales

These originate from the North East of England and are now quite rare - a well built cob type pony always referred as 'Dales' and not 'Dale'...



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Dam

The mother of another horse



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Dandy Brush

A stiff long bristled brush used to remove dried mud, sweat and dust from a horse's coat...



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Deep Going

Deep Going Is Wet Or Soft Ground Causing The Hooves Of A Horse To Sink Into It

Deep Going is wet or soft ground causing the hooves of a horse to sink into it

Horses Crossing The Estuary At Low Tide Penclawdd South Wales

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Deep Litter

A type of bedding system, horse droppings are removed but the wet bedding at the bottom is topped up with clean straw or shavings on a regular basis



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Depth Of Girth

The measurement from the withers to the elbow of the horse



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Desert Horse

Horses bred from or in dry, desert conditions such as the Arab and Akhal Teke



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Diagonals

When the horse's legs move in pairs at the trot



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Dipped Back

A hollow back between the withers and the croup, often caused by old age in a horse



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Dished Face

A Dished Face Is a Feature Of Some Horse Breeds Like The Arab Who Have a Concave (Dips In) Head Profile

A Photograph Of An Arab Horse To Illustrate It's Dished Face

A Dished Face Is A Distinguishing Feature Of The Arab Horse



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Dishing

Occurs when the hoof of the back leg is thrown outward in a circle as the horse moves , a faulty action



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Distal Limb

Horse | Distal Limb

The Distal Limb Of A Horse

Disunited

A canter in which the horse's legs are out of sequence



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Dock

The bony part of the tail where the hair grows from

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Docking

An illegal practice in the Uk that involves amputating the dock of a horse for the sake of appearance



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Dorsal Stripe

Also called the Eel stripe - it is a continuous stripe of black or brown hair from the the neck to the tail, a characteristic of some breeds like the Exmoor pony



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Double Bridle

Traditional English bridle with two bits - a snaffle and a curb Designed to give the rider more control than a single bit...



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Draft Horse

A horse used for pulling heavy loads



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Draw Rein

This is attached to the girth, then passes through the rings of the bit and back to the rider's hands Designed to increase rider control and improve the horse's head position



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Dressage

Competitive Sport Using A Set Of Series Tests Designed To Assess The Horse's Movement And Level Of Training Against Predefined Standards

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The object of dressage is the development of the horse into a happy athlete through harmonious education. As a result, it makes the horse calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with the rider


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Drop Noseband

Part of the bridle which buckles up beneath the bit to stop the horse from opening it's mouth



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Dun

Yellow or sandy horse colour with black points, often with a dorsal strip



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Dutch Gag

A type of horse bit that works by causing a nutcracker action on the bars and roof of the horses mouth



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Eel Stripe

Also called the Dorsal stripe - it is a continuous stripe of black or brown hair from the the neck to the tail, a characteristic of some breeds like the Exmoor pony



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EHV-1 Equine Neurological Herpes

Equine Herpes


This virus causes inflammation of blood vessels in the spinal cord or brain and although it is treatable, can be fatal. The condition causes respiratory problems and can cause abortions in horses Early signs of equine herpes include: Increased temperature Coughing Nasal discharge Lack of interest in food
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A horse showing these signs should be isolated and a vet called. To prevent the spread of the disease, all horses who have come in contact with the infected horse should remain on the yard until the vet has confirmed diagnosis This is just one entry in our ever growing equestrian glossary where we hope to offer a quick snapshot of the most commonly used horse riding and equestrian terms, abbreviations and phrases Feel free to submit your own via the comments box below

Engagement

When the back legs of a horse are brought well under the body they are engaged



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Entire

A male horse that has not been castrated (gelded) Also called a stallion

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Equine

Connected with or relating to horses, ponies, donkeys, mules and zebras



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Equitation

The art of horse riding and horsemanship...

Equitation is the art or practice of horse riding or horsemanship

Equitation
The Art Or Practice Of Horse Riding Or Horsemanship



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Ergot

Refers to the horny growth at the back of the fetlock joint



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Eventing

Competition riding held over one to three days and involves Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping



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Ewe Neck

When the neck appears to be upside down, concave at the top and bulging muscles at the bottom - a conformation fault in the horse



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Exmoor Pony

A native breed of the Uk, hardy small pony still semi wild on the Exmoor moorland in Devon



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Extension

The opposite of Collection - and is the lengthening of the horse's frame and stride



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Extravagant Action

High Knee and Hock Action Much Admired In Breeds Such As The Hackney and American Saddlebred Horses

Hackney Horse With An Extravagant Action

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Falabella

This miniature horse is one of the smallest horses in the world, rarely taller than 8 hands high and despite its short size it is regarded as a horse not a pony

Falabella

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Feathering

Long hair on the lower legs and fetlocks, normally seen on the heavier horses

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Feeding Straights

The process of mixing your own horse feed from various cereals such as oats, barley and maize with other ingredients such as sugar beet , chaff and vitamins, more commonly done before the introduction of factory made mixes...

FEEDING STRAIGHTS The process of mixing your own horse feed from various cereals such as oats, barley and maize with other ingredients such as sugar beet , chaff and vitamins, more commonly done before the introduction of factory made mixes.

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Fell

Another native breed of the Uk - originating from the Pennines and Cumbria and at risk of dying out...



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Feral Horse

The term "Feral Horse" refers to the free roaming horses that live in wild conditions, but are descended from domesticated ancestors – often called "wild" horses The best-known examples are the American Mustang and the Australian Brumby, but there are many other populations worldwide

The term "Feral Horse" refers to the free roaming horses that live in wild conditions, but are descended from domesticated ancestors – often called "wild" horses

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Fetlock

The lowest joint on the horse's leg



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Fetlock Boot

A short boot worn by the horse to protect just the fetlock joint...



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Figure Eight Noseband

Part of the bridle - with thin leather straps which cross over at the front Also called a Grackle noseband



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Filly

A female horse under four years old



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Five Gaited

Horses that are shown at:- The Walk The Trot The Canter The Slow Gait The Rack An example would be the American Saddlebred Horse


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Flake

One tenth of a traditional small oblong bale of hay...

Small Bale Of Hay

Normally Contains 10 Flakes



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Flank

The area below the loin, between the last rib and the muscles of the thigh



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Flexion

This is when the horse gives it's lower jaw to the bit with it's neck bent at the poll
It also means
The full bending of the hock joints and is used by vets to diagnose lameness in a horse



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Floating

The action created by the trotting gait of an Arab Floating Is the action created by the trotting gait of an Arab It is also an American term for rasping a horse's teeth


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Foal

Any horse up to the age of one year



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Fomenting

A method of applying heat or cold to areas which cannot be poulticed using Epsom salts dissolved in hot water, cooled and applied to the affected area or for cold fomenting - two buckets of water , one cold and one warm are used alternately on the affected area...



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Forearm

The upper part of the horse's front leg, above the knee



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Forehand

The head, neck,shoulder, withers and front legs (forelegs) of a horse



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Forelock

The mane between the ears which hangs forward over the horse's forehead



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Forging

When the back shoe of a horse hits the shoe of the front foot



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Foundation

An American term referring to the Foundation Quarter Horses - These are horses whose bloodlines have not had any Thoroughbred blood added since 1940 and who have less than 10% Thoroughbred blood



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Four In Hand

A team of four harness horses



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Freeze Marking

The painless process of applying a permanent white mark under the saddle or mane to deter thieves...



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Frog

A triangular rubbery pad on the sole of the horse's foot - this acts as a shock absorber



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Full Mouth

A six year old horse with all of his permanent teeth



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Gait

The paces at which horses move which are usually:- Walk Trot canter Gallop Some breeds such as the American saddlebred and the Icelandic Pony can also move at different paces to the above



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Gaited Horse

Horses that move at paces other than the walk, trot, canter and gallop - breeds such as the American Saddlebred, the Paso Fino and the Icelandic Horse - Seen below

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Galvayne's Groove

Refers to a mark that appears on the outer surface of the corner incisors and moves from the gum towards the wearing surface of the horse's teeth, will be found in horses between the ages of 10 to 20 years...

The Galvayne Groove

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Gaskin

The area between the stifle and the hock



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Gelding

A male horse that has been castrated



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Gidran

A rare breed of horse from Hungary, originally bred from the Arab but is now only chestnut in colour...



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Girth

Canvas, leather or cotton straps that hold the saddle in place, in Western riding it is called a cinch



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Going

Used to describe the condition of the ground - examples include good, rough, soft and deep



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Good Doer

Used to describe a horse that keeps good condition on small rations and is generally easy to keep



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Goose Rumped

Also known as "Jumper's Bump" as it is sometimes seen in jumping horses - pronounced muscular development at the croup



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Grackle Noseband

Part of the bridle - thin leather straps that cross over at the front , also called a Figure of Eight Noseband



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Grade

This term is used to describe a horse that is not registered with any breed association



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Greasy Heel

Greasy Heel refers to a condition normally found around the coronet, heels and pastern but can spread further up - skin becomes inflamed with cracks and sores which can lead to infection, also known as Mud Fever and Cracked Heels



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Green

A horse in the early stages of learning



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Green Osselet

Green Osselet

An inflamed and swollen condition in the fetlock joint of young horses, osselets are often experienced by racehorses, the 'green' refers to when the condition first flares up, once established the condition is known as 'set' osselet

OSSELETS An inflamed and swollen condition in the fetlock joint of young horses, osselets are often experienced by racehorses



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Greenbroke

An American term regarding a horse that has got accustomed to the tack and rider in the early stages of training



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Grey

A horse coat colour ranging from pure white to dark grey



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Grooming Kit

A general term used to describe the various brushes and equipment used to keep a horse clean and groomed



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Ground Line

A pole placed on the ground in front of a jump or fence to help judge the take off point for jumping it...



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Ground Manners

A general term used to describe the behaviour of a horse while being handled on the ground - while being groomed or shod or examined...



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Gymkhana

An event where horse and pony riders compete in speed games and races as well as the traditional activities like fancy dress classes The word 'Gymkhana' is derived from the Indian term which refers to a place of assembly

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Gymnastic

Combination of fences placed at relative distances to each other - normally used for training jumping horses...



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Habit

Traditional clothing worn by side saddle riders...



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Hack

General term for a pleasure ride where no competitive sport is involved



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Haflinger

The Haflinger, also known as the Avelignese, is a breed of horse developed in Austria and northern Italy during the late 19th century

The Stunning Haflinger Stallion Winterstein

This Stunning Haflinger Stallion Was Called Winterstein

Haflinger horses are relatively small, and are always chestnut in colour Haflingers have many uses, including light draft, harness work, and various other disciplines such as endurance riding, dressage, equestrian vaulting and therapeutic riding. They are also still used by the Austrian and German armies for work in rough terrain... This is just one entry in our ever growing equestrian glossary where we hope to offer a quick snapshot of the most commonly used horse riding and equestrian terms, abbreviations and phrases Feel free to submit your own via the comments box below

Half Pass

Dressage movement that involves the horse moving sideways and forwards at the same time



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Hames


Metal Arms That Are Fitted Into a Harness Collar Used For Driving Horses

Hames On A Horse Collar

Hames On A Horse Collar Used For Driving

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Hamstring

Set of muscles at the back of the hock...



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Hand

The measurement used to measure how high a horse is, one hand is 4 inches...

The measurement is taken from the ground level to the highest point on the horse's withers
Measuring A Horse | Floor To Withers

Measure from The Floor To The Withers



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Hanorvarian

A warmblood breed of horse that comes, originally, from Germany ...



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Harness

Term for the equipment worn by a horse that is driven rather than ridden...



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Harness Horse

A horse used for driving or pulling heavy loads

A Harness Horse Is a horse used for driving or pulling heavy loads This Beautiful Photo Was Taken At Barley Saturday Stallion Parade In Cardigan West Wales

This Beautiful Photo Was Taken At Barley Saturday Stallion Parade In Cardigan West Wales


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Haute Ecole

The classical art of advanced riding...



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Haylage

Vacuum packed grass that comes in sealed plastic bags, different to hay and silage...



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Heavy Horse

Any large draft horse such as the Shire or Clydesdale



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Heavyweight

A horse that is judged capable by its bone and substance and can carry weights of more than 196lbs...



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Herd

A Herd is a group of animals, especially hoofed mammals like horses and cattle, that live, feed, or migrate together or are kept together as livestock

A Herd is group of animals, especially hoofed mammals like horses and cattle, that live, feed, or migrate together or are kept together as livestock

This Small Herd Of Ponies Was Seen On The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path


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Herring Gut

A horse in poor condition which has a very sharp narrowing of the belly as shown at b in this diagram

This simple diagram shows the outline of a herring gut in a horse

The Top Image Illustrating a Herring Gut In A Horse



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HH

Stands for "Hands High" and indicates the height of a horse...

Horse photo to show how to measure a horse's height in hands

Each Hand = 4 Inches


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High School

The classical art of advanced riding...



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Highland

One of the two native horse breeds from the Scottish Highlands and Islands, a sure footed and placid pony...

This is a photo of a Highland Pony and his name is Sting

Handsome Highland Pony Called Sting


Darroch is a Grey Highland Pony

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Hind Quarters

The back of the horse from the rear of the flank to the top of the tail down to the top of the gaskin | Also called the Quarters...



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Hinny

Also called a 'Jennet' - this is a cross between a horse or pony stallion and a female donkey...



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Hobble

A Hobble is a strap or other device placed around the pastern of the leg to prevent a horse (or other livestock animal) from wandering far, usually by linking two or more legs together They are sometimes used to prevent a mare from kicking whilst being covered by a stallion A half-hobble attaches to only one foot, with the other end usually attached to a rope called a picket line

A Hobble is a strap or other device placed around the pastern of the leg to prevent a horse (or other livestock animal) from wandering far, usually by linking two or more legs together Confused by strange horse terms? Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe We hope you find our A-Z Index of Equestrian Terms useful Feel free to add your own – use the comments box below You can use the search box if you want to check that it’s not already included

Hock

The joint halfway up the back legs...

Horse Parts

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"Hock The hock is the joint between the gaskin and the cannon bone, in the rear legs of a horse... The bony protuberance at the back of the hock is called the point of hock"

Hock Boots

Sometimes called Hock Caps, these are designed to protect the point of the hock when travelling...



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Hocks Well let Down

Used to describe a horse that has short cannon bones that give the horse strength in the legs | Long cannons are regarded as bad conformation...



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Hogged Mane

A mane that has been shaved short for it's entire length



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Hollow Back

A conformation fault in the horse where there is a curve of the spine , causing a dip, between the withers and the loins...



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Hoof Pick

A small metal tool used to pick out mud, debris and stones from the hoof of a horse...



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Horn

The hard, insensitive covering of the hoof...

The Horn Is Part Of A Horse's Hoof

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Horse Brass

A horse brass is a brass plaque used for the decoration of horse harness gear, especially for shire and parade horses

A horse brass is a brass plaque used for the decoration of horse harness gear, especially for shire and parade horses

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Horse Logging

Horse logging is the extraction of timber using horses as the base machine often with a wide range of traditional and modern implements


They are often used in areas of sensitive habitat and prevent the damage that would be caused by heavy machinery
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This lovely horse has been used to remove non-native larch trees from protected woodland near Spinningdale in Sutherland Tarzan, a five-year-old Comtois, hauled the logs from the Migdale Rock Site of Special Scientific Interest in Ledmore and Migdale Woods The horse caused less damage to rare plants than modern forest machinery Woodland Trust Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage are restoring ancient native pine woods in the area About 80 people gathered to watch Comtois - a logging horse owned by Brian Green, from Rogart - at work Ledmore and Migdale Woods site manager Eleanor Garty said conventional machinery would have risked crushing rare plants and compacting soil She said: "Horse logging causes significantly less damage "Any disturbance tends to be superficial, and in some cases the 'scarification' caused by the horse can actually help distribute colonies of rare plants around the woodland "We could just fell the non-native trees and leave them in the wood, and this is what we will do in some areas, where they are inaccessible, or far from the track "On the other hand, timber is a valuable resource, and larch is a very durable wood, prized for a wide variety of purposes. So where we can, we plan to extract the trees that we fell and put them to good use"

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Horse Passport

Horse passports are small booklets that contain details about your horse, including: Micro-chip details Age Breed/type Medications it has been given (if it hasn't been declared ‘not intended for human consumption’)

All horses, ponies and donkeys must have a horse passport The passport helps: Make sure horses treated with certain medicines don’t end up as food for people To prevent the sale of a stolen horse, pony or donkey, as the passport proves its identity The animal’s rider or keeper must have the passport with them at all times when they’re with the animal, unless it’s in a stable, grazing in a field, or being moved by foot. Owners can take their animals for short rides without one You (or the animal’s main keeper) may have to show the passport to a Trading Standards inspector or an animal health officer Getting A Horse Passport
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Horsebox

A Horse Box is a large vehicle used to transport horses...



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Horsemanship

The art of equitation or riding...



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Hot

A general term used to describe a horse that is excitable...



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Hotblood

Horses of Arabian or Thoroughbred breeding...



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Hunter

Hunter

In the Uk this refers to a type of horse, rather than a breed, which is suitable for being ridden to hounds
Horses with hounds out fox hunting in England

A Traditional Hunt Out In The English Countryside

In America it normally means a well mannered and smooth gaited jumping horse...

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Hybrid

A cross resulting of the mating of a horse or pony with one of the other equids such as a zebra or an ass



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Impulsion

A strong but controlled forward movement in a horse...



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In Front Of The Bit

A term that describes a horse which pulls or hangs heavily on the rider's hand...



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In Hand

When a horse is controlled from the ground rather than being ridden...



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In Hand Stallion Harness

The term In Hand Stallion Harness refers to the tack sometimes worn by a stallion when being shown in hand at a show or parade It allows the handler greater control over the horse

The term - In Hand Stallion Harness refers to the harness sometimes worn by a stallion when being shown in hand at a show or parade
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Inbreeding

The close breeding of family members to fix or accentuate a particular trait or characteristic...



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Indirect Line

The opposite rein to the direction in which the horse is moving...



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Inside leg

The legs of both the horse and rider which are on the inside of a circle being ridden around...



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Interval Training

Used in competitive training - rest and exercise periods are controlled and alternated



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Irons

The foot pieces of a saddle where the rider places their feet, normally made of metal, they are normally referred to as 'Stirrup Irons'...

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Jack

A male donkey...



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Jodhpurs

Jodhpurs, in their modern form, are tight-fitting trousers that reach to the ankle, where they end in a snug cuff, and are worn primarily for horse riding Buy Jodhpurs At Great Prices Here The term originates from India and it refers to an ancient style of Indian trouser called the Churidar, which is tight around the calf and baggy at the hips, still worn at traditional Jodhpury weddings Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe We hope you find our A-Z Index of Equestrian Terms useful Feel free to add your own – use the comments box below You can use the search box if you want to check that it’s not already included

Jog

The term given to a slow trot in Western riding...



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Join Up

A method of getting the horse's attention when using the Monty Roberts training process...

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While tracking wild mustangs in Nevada as a boy, Monty observed a non verbal communication between the horses, a silent language he would later call “Equus.” Monty incorporates “Equus” into his non violent training approach called Join-Up Monty first developed Join-Up to stop the cycle of violence typically accepted in traditional horse breaking. Convinced there must be a more effective and gentle method, Monty created these consistent set of principles using the horse’s inherent methods of communication and herd behaviour The result is a willing partnership in which the horse’s performance can flourish to its full potential, rather than exist within the boundaries of obedience. These principles are valuable tools to understanding what motivates horse behaviour and increasing effectiveness in any application Join-Up training methods are most simply expressed in the process of starting raw horses. Without the use of pain or force the trainer persuades a raw horse to accept a saddle, bridle and rider. Working in a round pen, one begins Join-Up by making large movements and noise as a predator would and begins driving the horse to run away. She then gives the horse the option to flee or Join-Up Through body language, the trainer will ask, “Will you pay me the respect due to a herd leader and join and follow me?” The horse will respond with predictable herd behaviour: by locking an ear on her, then by licking and chewing and dropping his head in a display of trust The exchange concludes with the trainer adopting passive body language, turning her back on the horse and without eye contact, invites him to come close. Join-Up occurs when the animal willingly chooses to be with the human and walks toward her accepting her leadership and protection. This process of communication through behaviour and body language and mutual concern and respect, can be a valuable tool to strengthen all other work with horses

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Kaolin

Kaolin is a natural clay that is often used as a poultice as it contains medicinal properties, can be applied warm or cold and can help with bruising, strains and all foot injuries

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Kissing Spine

Kissing Spine is also called Dorsal Spinous Process Impingment or Basstrup’s Disease

It occurs when the bony bits at the top of the horse’s vertebrae start to rub together, causing pain and swelling, particularly on moving
Diagram Showing Vertebrae Rubbing On the Horse's back causing the Condition Known as Kissing Spine

See Where The Vertebrae Are Rubbing In The Red Circle

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Lacing

Also referred to as 'Plaiting' - occurs when the horse at walk and trot places one of the back or front pairs of feet in front of the other, may cause the horse to stumble or fall if excessive...



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Lamintis

A foot condition often suffered by smaller ponies who are overweight and fed too much lush grass...
Painful Condition Often Affecting The Small Pony Breeds

Laminitis | A Painful Condition


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Lampwick Girth

A traditional type of girth which is soft and comfortable but not practical for demanding riding, not used a great deal by modern day riders...

The Traditional Lampwick Girth

Woven Cotton Girth Still Made By Some Saddlers


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Lateral Movements

Occurs when the horse goes sideways at the instruction of the rider...



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Lead

A term used to indicate the horse's leading leg when cantering...



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Leader

Either of the two horse's leading in a team of four or a single horse that is harnessed in front of other horses...



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Leg Up

Leg up means assisting someone to mount a horse to ride...

Leg Up means assisting someone to mount a horse to ride...
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Levade

A controlled half rear in classical riding...



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Ligaments

The fibrous bands that attach bone to bone...



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Light Horse

A horse that is suitable for riding or driving but is not heavy in weight or appearance...



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Light Of Bone

A conformation fault in a horse where there is insufficient bone below the knee making it a strain to support a rider...



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Lippizzaner Horse

The Lippizzaner Horse

The breed of horse normally associated with the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria although the first stud farm for the breed is in Slovenia...

BREED CHARACTERISTICS Lipizzaners are not very tall, the largest about 16 hands, but their proud carriage, muscular bodies and elastic, powerful movements make them appear much larger than they really are Lipizzaners are late maturing and long lived, often to 35 or more years of age. They display elegance and nobility as soon as they are born. They are born black or bay and slowly turn white by the time they are five to eight years of age
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Truly Beautiful

Surprisingly,Lipizzaners are actually grey, their dark skin hidden under a white coat is not revealed unless they are wet or bear a large scar They are not fully grown in size until they are seven and do not reach full maturity until almost ten years of age At one year of age, most Lipizzaners look very small compared to a Thoroughbred of the same age

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Livery

A British term used to describe an equestrian facility where horses are kept for a fee...



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Loins

The back area just behind the saddle and the weakest part of the horse' back...



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Lokai

A small and hardy breed of mountain horse from the country of Tajikistan...



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London Tan

A name give to yellow leather , occurs during the tanning process of leather when dye is used...



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Longissimus Dorsi

This is the muscle that the rider sits on as it runs along the back of the horse...



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Lope

A slow Western canter...

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Losino

An almost extinct breed of horse from Northern Spain...



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Lunge

The method of training a horse by working it on a circle using a long rein...



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Lungworms

An internal parasite more commonly suffered by donkeys...



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Lusitano

A breed of horse that originates from Portugal...

The Lusitano horse is from Portugal, and is closely related to the Spanish Andalusian horse Both breeds are often known as Iberian horses, as both come from the Iberian peninsula, and until the 1960s they were regarded as one breed, under the Andalusian name
One lovely Luistano

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Lyme's Disease

A condition that causes lethargy and arthritis in horses, transmitted by ticks which are often carried by sheep and deer...

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Mallenders & Sallanders

What Are Mallenders And Sallanders?

Eczema in a local form that is sometimes seen on the legs of heavy horses The condition is confined to the flexures or 'bends' of the knees and hocks respectively In the former position it is termed 'mallenders', in the latter 'sallanders' With rare exceptions this condition is confined to the heavy breeds of horses, and especially to those with fleshy legs, a thick skin, and a lot of coarse hair Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe We hope you find our A-Z Index of Equestrian Terms useful Feel free to add your own - use the comments box below
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Hope This Lovely Boy Does Not Suffer From Mallenders or Sallenders

Hope This Lovely Boy Does Not Suffer From Mallenders or Sallenders

Manege

An enclosed area used for training and schooling horses...


Safe and Enclosed Area For Schooling Horses

Lovely Brand New Horse Manege


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Mare

A female horse aged four and over...



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Market Harborough

This is a type of running martingale and is used as a training device designed to stop a strong ridden horse from pulling...



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Martingale

A neck strap that is attached to the girth and either the noseband or reins - used to stop the horse raising his head above the level of the rider's hands...



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Mealy Muzzle

An oatmeal coloured muzzle seen in some breeds such as the Exmoor pony...



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Mecate

Refers to a Hackamore rein and lead rope...



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Metal Curry Comb

A raking device to clean grooming brushes of dirt and hair, must not be used on the horse...



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Middleweight

Any horse that can carry weights of up to 196 lbs...



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Mitbah

Term used to describe the angle at which the head of the Arabian horse joins the neck - this gives the Arab horse it's characteristic arched neck...



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Moon Blindness

A condition that causes severe inflammation within the eye, it can occur for several reasons - bacterial or viral infection and or injury...



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Mountain & Moorland Breeds

Another name for the native horses and ponies of the Uk which include the New Forest, Shetland and the Welsh, to name a few...

Welsh Mountain Ponies Seen On The Welsh Coastal Path Where Their Grazing Maintains The Habitat

Seen On The Welsh Coastal Path Where Their Grazing Maintains The Habitat



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Mucking Out

Cleaning of stables that involves removing wet and soiled bedding...


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Mud Fever

An infection usually found in the coronet, heels and pastern but can spread higher - the skin becomes inflamed with cracks and sores, also known as Greasy Heel and Cracked Heels... Read more about Mud Fever here



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Mule

A cross between a donkey stallion and a pony mare...



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Mutton Wither

Withers that are wide and flat unlike the prominent bony withers often seen in the Thoroughbred...



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Muzzle

The nose of a horse...
A Horse Nose is Called A Muzzle

Dog Is Asking "Why The Long Face?"



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Nail Prick

This occurs when a farrier accidentally drives a nail into the sensitive laminae area of the hoof, will often result in causing an infection...



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Napping

Napping This occurs when a horse suddenly turns on the spot and goes backwards when you didn't ask it to, extreme napping can lead to a horse rearing It can occur for several reasons poor schooling, fear of being on own, not wanting to work,and badly fitting tack being some of the most common causes Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe We hope you find our A-Z Index of Equestrian Terms useful Feel free to add your own horse terms and the odder they are the better, please do add a definition – use the comments box below You can use the search box if you want to check that it’s not already included

Native Ponies

The breeds indigenous to the British Isles such as the Shetland also known as Mountain and Moorland breeds...



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Nearside

The left hand side of the horse...



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Neck Reining

The art of turning the horse by using the opposite rein against the neck...



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New Forest Pony

New Forest Ponies Grazing freely In The Vast New Forest in Hampshire

Grazing Freely In The Vast New Forest In Hampshire

A native pony breed of the UK that originates from The New Forest in Hampshire - semi wild ponies still breed there...



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Newfoundland Pony

A breed of pony from Newfoundland in Canada - It's origins lie with the British native ponies that were imported there as far back as the 18th century...

A breed of pony from Newfoundland in Canada - It's origins lie with the British native ponies that were imported there as far back as the 18th century
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Nick

The division and re-setting of the muscles under the tail to give an artificially high tail carriage...



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Noma

The smallest native breed of Japan standing at approximately just 10.1 hands high and is now extremely rare...



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Numnah

A soft material pad that goes under the saddle to cushion the horse's back...



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Offside

The right hand side of the horse...

The Off Side is the right hand side of the horse...

The Opposite Side To Where A Rider Gets On


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On The Bit

When a horse carries his head in a near vertical position and is in calm acceptance of the rider's contact on the reins...



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Osteochondrosis Dissecans

Commonly known as OCD - This is the Latin name for a joint disease...



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Ostler

What Is An Ostler?

This is a traditional definition of a stableman and is not generally used nowadays , it refers to someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses
The stableman was also called an ostler

The Traditional Name Given To a Stable Hand

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Over At The Knee

A term that describes the obvious forward direction of the horse's knee...



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Over Wide Hock

When the hocks are set wide apart and the toes are turned in - in a person it would be called bow legged...



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Over-reach

An injury caused by the toe of the back shoe striking the heel of a front foot...



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Overbent

When a horse tries to evade the rider's control by tucking his head close to his chest...



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Overface

This occurs when a horse is presented with a fence or jump beyond it's capability...



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Oxer

A spread fence - An ascending oxer is when the front rail is lower than the back rail A square oxer have the front and back rails at the same height...as in this photo

A spread fence - An ascending oxer is when the front rail is lower than the back rail A square oxer have the front and back rails at the same height...

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Pacer

A horse that moves it's legs in lateral not diagonal pairs...



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Pack Horse

Horses, ponies and often mules and donkeys used to carry goods in saddle packs on either side of it's back...



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Paddock

More often called a field in the Uk - a grassed enclosure in which horses can graze...



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Palfry

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Palomino

A horse coat colour - the body can be different shades of gold with a silver or white mane and tail...



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Parietal Bones

The bones on the top of a horse's skull...



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Parrot Mouth

When the horse has an overbite caused by the top jaw extending forwards over the lower jaw...



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Part Bred

A horse that has been bred with a Thoroughbred and another breed...



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Parturition

The act of giving birth...



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Passage

A dressage movement in which the horse trots in a collected and animated manner...

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Pastern

The sloping bone in the lower leg - It connects the hoof to the fetlock...



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Peacock Iron

Stirrup irons that have a thick rubber band on one side , they are considered to be much safer for children to ride in These irons are designed so that the foot will not become caught in the stirrup They have a rubber loop on one side which releases the foot should the rider have a fall



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Pedigree

Details of parents and the ancestors recorded in a studbook or registry...



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Pelham

A type of horse bit known as a curb bit which has a single mouthpiece to which two reins may be attached - aims to combine the two bits of a double bridle into a single mouthpiece...

Diagram of a port mouth pelham horse bit

Port Mouth Pelham
Just One Example Of The Assorted Pelham Bits Available

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The Pelham bit is often used for horses that prove to strong in a snaffle, the Pelham is a very popular bit. It uses a variety of pressures, which all in all seem to work together to prove a very useful bit. Basically the Pelham is an incorporation of the Weymouth and bradoon, and should theoretically be used with 2 reins, the first rein is attached to the snaffle rein, and the second rein attached to the ring at the bottom of the shank, when the first rein is used the Pelham acts like a hanging cheek snaffle, putting slight pressure on the poll and carious pressures in the mouth depending on the mouthpiece, when the second rein is brought into play, this increases the leverage and lip pressure, and also the curb chain comes into play, the greater the distance between the cheek slot and the mouthpiece the greater the poll pressure, the greater the length of shank the greater the amount of leverage. The curb chain should be fitted so that the curb chain tightens when the second rein is brought into play, but there must be a bit of give so not to tighten up straight away

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Peneia Pony

A rare breed of pony from the Peloponnese area of Southern Greece...



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Piaffe

A dressage movement where the horse trots on the spot with forehand elevated and croup lowered...

Piaffe is a dressage movement where the horses trots on the spot with forehand elevated and croup lowered…

The Piaffe Beautifully Demonstrated



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Piebald

A term for a horse coat colour of white with black patches...
Photo of a horse that is PIEBALD in colour

Perfectly Posed & Looking Like a 'Prince'



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Pigeon Toed

A conformation fault in which the feet are turned inwards...



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Pigroot

Pigroot


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Pink Papered

Where the sire and the dam (both parents), of a horse are 100% graded warmblood...



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Pinto

An American term for a horse coat colour of white with patches of another colour, in the Uk the terms 'Piebald' and 'Skewbald' are used...



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Pinworms

An internal parasite that lives in the large intestine of the horse, a mature female will lay her eggs in the anus of the horse causing irritation similar to Sweet Itch and louse infestation...

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Disgusting Creatures That Can Cause Serious Health Problems

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Pirouette

Dressage movement in which the front legs of the horse complete a small circle, the back legs stay in place, one of them acting as a pivot...



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Plaiting

When the mane of a horse is plaited to show off the neck and crest, it also helps the mane to fall to the preferred off side (to the right) of the neck...
Andalusian Stallion With Plaited Mane

One Example Of Plaiting



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Plastic Curry Comb

These are stiff and sharp so should be used with care and only on horses with very thick coats...



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Points

The external features of a horse that makes up its conformation, it also refers to the markings of the coat colour...



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Poll

The highest point on the top of the horse's head...



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Pommel

The centre front of an English saddle...
The raised front part of a saddle

The Pommel Is The Raised Area At The Front


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Pony

A small horse standing 14.2 Hands High or less...



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Port

Raised section in the centre of the mouthpiece on some curb bits, the higher it is the more severe the bit is...



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Posting Trot

More commonly known as the 'Rising Trot' - it is the action of the rider rising from the saddle in rhythm with the horse's trot...

More commonly known as the ‘Rising Trot’ – it is the action of the rider rising from the saddle in rhythm with the horse’s trot…
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Pottok

An almost extinct breed of semi wild ponies from the Basque areas of France and Spain...



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Prepotency

The ability to consistently pass on character and type to the offspring when breeding horses...



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Primitive

The early sub species of Equus Caballus - the horse Some examples of primitive breeds include the Asian Wild Horse and the Tarpan...

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Asian Wild Horse aka Przewalskis Horse


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Prophet's Thumbprint

This is a natural occurring indentation in the neck and thigh muscles which only appear at birth of the foal...



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Pulling Manes

A method of thinning out an over thick or long mane...



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Purebred

A horse with both parents of the same breed...



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Quagga

What is a Quagga? The Quagga is an extinct member of the equine family. Like the Zebra, the species was found in South Africa, but it bore more resemblance to a horse than does the former, being easier to break in and ride The striped markings were distinct on the head and neck, but faded away behind the withers, and disappeared altogether around the middle of the back It is believed that the last known Quagga was a stallion owned by Lord Morton in 1870

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Quarter Pony

An American breed very like the Quarter Horse but is 14.2 hands high or under...



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Quarters

Refers to the horse's body from the rear of the flank to the top of the tail down to the top of the gaskin, also called the 'Hind Quarters'...



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Quidding

This occurs when a horse drops partially chewed from his mouth - due to age or problems with teeth...
a horse will drop food half chewed if he has teeth problems - this is called quidding

He Needs To Hang Onto His Food So Watch Out For Signs Of Quidding



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Racehorse

A horse bred specifically for racing - including the Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Arab and Standardbred...



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Rack

The fifth gait of the American Saddlebred - a showy four beat gait...



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Racking Horse

An American Horse Breed Derived From The Tennessee Walking Horse

Beautiful Racking Horse

Outstanding Example Of The Racking Horse

The Racking Horse is attractive and gracefully built with a long sloping neck, full flanks, well boned, smooth legs and finely textured hair The Racking Horse is considered a light horse in comparison with other breeds, averaging 15.2 hands high Colours may be black, bay, sorrel, chestnut, brown, gray, yellow, cremello, buckskin, dun, palomino, roan, champagne, and even spotted The gaits performed by the Racking Horse do not alter between the bridle path and the show ring. Though he may be shown under saddle, in hand or in harness, he still performs the smooth, collected gait which made him famous
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Ragwort

A poisonous plant which can cause liver disease and death in horses...

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Terrible Mix | Field Full Of Ragwort & These Lovely Little Ponies

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Rangy

Rangy is term used to describe a horse with size and scope of movement, in general terms it usually means a horse with a longer neck and back...



Rangy is term used to describe a horse with size and scope of movement, in general terms it usually means a horse with a longer neck and back

An Example Of A Rangy Horse Is This Throughbred

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Rasping

The action caused when using a rasp to file the teeth of a horse...



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Rearing

When the horse rises up on it's back legs - generally considered a dangerous behaviour...

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Recumbent

When a horse due to injury, accident or illness is unable to rise...

Attaching a Sling To a recumbent Horse

A Recumbent Horse Being Lifted Using A Sling





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Redworm

One of several internal parasites that horses suffer from that unless treated will cause severe ill health...



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Reining

Advanced movements in Western riding involving slides and spins carried out in various patterns...



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Rhinopneumonitis

Rhinopneumonitis In Horses

A highly infectious cough caused by the herpes virus, horses are often vaccinated against it...

A Horse being vaccinated against the virus Rhinopneumontis

Poor Boy But Better Than A Contagious Cough Caused By The Virus



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Riata

The name given to a braided rawhide rope...

Riata is the name given to a braided rawhide rope
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Riding Breeches

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Riding breeches are specifically designed for equestrian activities and are generally worn by men Buy Riding Breeches For Men Here Traditionally, they were tight in the legs, stopping about halfway down the calf, with buckles or laces in the calf section, and had a pronounced flare through the thighs that allowed freedom of movement for the rider However, with the advent of modern stretch materials such as spandex, modern breeches have no flare and fit skin-tight Zippers and velcro fastenings have also replaced laces and buckles at the calves This is one entry in our A-Z list of common horse terms and words with clear, concise definitions often with photographs or diagrams Do you have a horse term to add? Please comment below
Old Style Riding Breeches Traditionally, they were tight in the legs, stopping about halfway down the calf, with buckles or laces in the calf section, and had a pronounced flare through the thighs that allowed freedom of movement for the rider

Old Style Riding Breeches

Riding Horse

A general term given to any horse suitable for riding as opposed to draft or carriage horses...



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Rig

A male horse with only one visible testicle as the other is up inside the abdomen or inguinal canal thus making it impossible to geld in the normal way, rigs that have been partially gelded still behave as stallions but are normally infertile...



RIG A male horse with only one visible testicle

Rigs Can Display Aggressive Behaviour

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Ringworm

photo of ringworm on the neck of a horse

Ringworm Needs Effective Treatment To Prevent It Spreading

A fungal skin condition which can be transmitted to humans, often found on the horse where he has rubbed against gates or posts...



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Rising

A British term used to describe the age of a horse, in America the term 'Coming' is used...


Taken At Barley Saturday Stallion Parade In Cardigan West Wales

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Rising Trot

Also called the 'Posting Trot' - the action of the rider rising from the saddle in rhythm with the horse's trot...



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Roach Back

This is a conformation fault in the horse when there is an upward curve of the back and loin...



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Roached Mane

An entire mane that has been shaved short, also called a 'Hogged Mane'



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Roan

A horse coat colour in which white hairs are mixed with the base coat colour...



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Roller

This is a padded belt and has several uses which include keeping a rug in place, when lunging and to stop a horse getting cast in a stable...



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Roman Nose

The convex facial profile found in heavy breeds such as the Shire Horse...



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Rosette Colours

Rosette / Ribbon Colours

UK Red = First Blue = Second Yellow = Third Green = Fourth Pink = Fifth Purple = Sixth There Can Be Variations For 4th, 5th and 6th Place depending On The Organiser & The Discipline USA Blue = First Red = Second Yellow = Third White = Fourth Pink = Fifth Green = Sixth Purple = Seventh Brown = Eighth
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Rosin-Back

Rosin Back is a broad backed circus horse used for trick riding acts, Rosin is the substance used on the rider's shoe to help with the grip...



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Roundworm

An internal parasite most commonly found in foals and yearlings...



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Rubber Curry Comb

Good for removing dried mud and sweat, also used for stimulating the circulation bringing grease and dirt to the surface of the coat which can then be removed with a body brush...



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Rubber Ring

Rubber Ring For Horse Leg Protection

A hollow ring which is fastened around the horse's pastern or above the fetlock joint to protect from knocks...



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Russian Don

The original breed of horse used by the Cossacks as cavalry horses, it is bred in the Steppes area of Russia close to the river Don...

The Don usually stands 15.1 to 15.3hh, and may be bay, black, grey or chestnut. They have a clean head with a straight or dished profile, well set onto a well-formed neck, high withers, and a wide, deep chest Their shoulders can be straight, limiting the length of their stride, but are often well-formed. The back is long and straight, flowing into a croup that is long and sloping. The legs are long, well-muscled, and clean with broad joints, strong tendons, and tough hooves
Bred As Cavalry Horses | The Russian Don

The Russian Don Horse As A Cavalry Horse

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Russian Trellis

One method of plaiting a horse's mane which generates a trellis effect...



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Saddle Horn

The prominent pommel at the front of a Western saddle and is used by the rider to secure a rope when a steer has been roped...



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Saddle Horse

A general term given to a horse suitable for riding...



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Saddle Marks

White hairs in the saddle area usually caused by galls, these are normally caused by a poorly fitted saddle and or girth...



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Saddle Tree

The framework around which the saddle is built, traditionally made from Beech wood but today's saddle makers will also use laminated wood, fibreglass and plastic...


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Sarcoids

Skin masses that although caused by a virus, they behave like tumours Sarcoids are the most common skin tumour of the horse worldwide

Sarcoids Are Skin Tumours On a Horse

One of Most Common Types Of Tumours Found In Horses



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School

An enclosed and marked out area used for training and exercising a horse, is also called a 'Menege'...



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School Movements

The training exercises normally performed in the school or menege...



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Scope

A term used to describe a horse that has particular potential and ability...



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Seat Of Corn

Horse Term No: 878 Seat Of Corn

This is the part of the sole which lies between the bars and the wall at the back of the sole Diagram Of A Horse's Hoof Showing The Seat Of Corn
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Serpentine

A schooling movement in which the horse moves down the centre of a school in a series of equal sized loops, it can be done at any pace...
A diagram showing how the horse moves when doing the Serpentine

A Series Of Half Circles Connected By Straight Lines



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Set Tail

A horse tail that has been broken or nicked to produce a higher tail carriage...



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Shank Bone

The hind cannon bone of a horse...



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Shetland Pony

These tough little ponies hail from the Shetland Isles, an incredibly strong pony for its size...

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Shoe

The metal shoe that is fitted to the horses' foot by a farrier...



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Shoulder-In

A schooling exercise in which the horse is evenly bent along the length of its spine away from the direction in which it is moving, designed to help increase suppleness and strength...



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Sickle Hocks

Refers to bent hocks in a horse causing the hind legs to be too far under the body...



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Side Reins

Training aid to help position the horse' head, they are attached to the bit and girth or surcingle...



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Sidebone

Sidebone In Horses

Sidebone is hardening of the cartilages on either side of the coffin bone in the hoof
Diagrma Of a Horse's leg Showing The Bones

Location Of The Coffin Bone

Experts are not sure why these usually springy tissues calcify, or turn to bone, but theories include genetics, hoof concussion or trauma, poor hoof and limb conformation, and poor trimming and shoeing Sidebone is primarily seen in heavier breeds such as draft horses, warmbloods and cob-type ponies
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Sire

The father of a horse...



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Skewbald

A horse that has brown patches in a coat of white, called 'Pinto' in America...



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Slab Sided

Slab Sided refers to a narrow ribbed horse Horses with slab sided ribs tend to have less developed abdominal muscles and less stamina They also have a longer, weaker loin, and can not carry as much weight



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Sloping Shoulder

This refers to the angle between the withers and the top of the chest and base of the neck...



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Smegma

Smegma is a collection of dirt and excretion that builds up inside the horse's sheath. It appears as black sticky goo which is easy to spot and recognise Regular cleaning is advised and seek veterinary advice if unsure

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Snaffle

One of the five main families of horse bits, has many variations including:- Eggbutt Fulmer or Australian Cheek Flat Ring D-Ring Hanging Cheek Dr Bristol Cherry Roller Dutch Gag To name but a few, they all work with varying degrees of severity...
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Snaffle Bit

A design of bit that acts on the corners of the horse's mouth, may be jointed or straight...



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Socks

White markings below the knee or hocks, markings above are called 'Stockings'...



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Soring

An illegal practice which causes walking horses to lift their legs higher for shows


Although illegal this awful practice still continues confirmed by this recent story in the Horse & Hound
The Very Exaggerated Action Of The Walking Horse

More Commonly seen In The USA | The Walking Horse In Action

A Tennessee walking horse trainer has been sentenced to three years probation and fined $75,000 (£47,070) for “soring” horses — an illegal practice which causes walking horses to lift their legs higher for shows. Jackie McConnell was charged with 52 counts of violating of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) on 18 September at a federal court in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “I take responsibility for what I’ve done,” he said. In May, McConnell, 60, pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the HPA after a video filmed undercover by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) — showing him abusing the horses — was broadcast on ABC News. The maximum possible sentence for the crime was five years in prison and a $250,000 (£156,805) fine. "It was our hope that McConnell would do prison time for these terrible crimes but there are gaps in the federal law that need to be strengthened," said Keith Dane of the HSUS. “[McConnell] has shown no remorse. For decades his income was based on the torture of horses." The HSUS's footage showed the horses being beaten with wooden sticks and poked with electric cattle prods at a stable outside Memphis. The organisation also said that the horses’ coronet bands and pasterns were slathered with chemicals then wrapped in plastic to make them hyper-sensitive.

Sorraia

A breed of horse indigenous to Portugal, now very rare...



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Sound

A horse that is free from lameness or injury...



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Speedicut

A Speedicut can occur when a horse is galloping and cuts into the leg just below the knee or hock with the opposite foot...

Photo of a galloping horse to show how a speedicut can occur

Due To The Speed Of a Galloping Horse The Damage Caused By A Speedicut Can Be Significant



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Speedy Cutting

Occurs when the inside edge of a horse's foot strikes against the inside of the opposite knee...



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Splints

These are bony enlargements found on the splint bones that occur when the bone membrane is damaged...



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Spread A Plate

When A Horse Damages Or Loses A Horseshoe Before A Race, It Is Said To Have ‘Spread A Plate'

When A Horse Damages Or Loses A Horseshoe Before A Race, It Is Said To Have ‘Spread A Plate' The horse has to be re-shod by a farrier, often delaying the start of the race The horse has to be re-shod by a farrier, often delaying the start of the race
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Spurs

These are small metal items worn on the rider's boots to enforce the leg aids...



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Stable Management

The term for the care given to stabled horses...



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Stallion

A male horse that has not been castrated (gelded), also known as 'Entire'...

A Showcase of Stallions at Barley Saturday In Cardigan Can be Seen Here

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Star

A Star is any white marking on the forehead of a horse, a small marking is referred to as a Snip

A Star is any white marking on the forehead of a horse, a small marking is referred to as a 'Snip'

The Star Marking Beautifully Demonstrated By This Andalusian Called 'Lenny'

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Steeplechase

A steeplechase is a distance horse race in which riders on horseback are required to jump diverse fence and ditch obstacles Steeplechasing is primarily conducted in Ireland (where it originated), the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Australia and France The name, Steeplechase, is derived from early races in which orientation of the course was by reference to a church steeple, jumping fences and ditches and generally traversing the many intervening obstacles in the countryside The most famous steeplechase race held now is the Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool
A steeplechase is a distance horse race in which riders on horseback are required to jump diverse fence and ditch obstacles Steeplechasing is primarily conducted in Ireland (where it originated), the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Australia and France The name, Steeplechase, is derived from early races in which orientation of the course was by reference to a church steeple, jumping fences and ditches and generally traversing the many intervening obstacles in the countryside

The Racing is Often Dangerous For Horse & Rider

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Stifle Joint

The stifle joint is found close to the top of the hind legs and is a particularly complex joint, can be compared to the knee in a human...

diagram of a horse showing the location of the stifle joint

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Stocking

Any white markings on a horse's legs above the knee or hock, markings below are called 'Socks',,,



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Stripe

A long white marking down the front of a horse's face, also called a 'Blaze'...



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Stud

A term used to describe a stallion or colt, is also a breeding establishment...



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Studbook

A record kept by a breed society or registry in which the pedigrees of eligible horses are kept...



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Substance



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Substance

Used to describe a horse that possesses a quality build and musculature, weakly built horses are said to 'Lack Substance'...



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Suffolk Punch

A British breed of draft horse, the Suffolk Punch is always Chestnut in colour...
The Suffolk Punch Is A British Breed Of Draft Horse, Which Is Always Chestnut In Colour

Suffolk Punch Horse Working In Harmony

Click The Photo To Enlarge The Suffolk Punch, also historically known as the Suffolk Horse or Suffolk Sorrel, is an English breed of draught horse The breed takes the first part of its name from the county of Suffolk in East Anglia, and the name "Punch" from its solid appearance and strength It is a heavy draught horse which is always chestnut in colour, traditionally spelled "chesnut" by the breed registries Suffolk Punches are known as good doers, and tend to have energetic gaits
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Sulky


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Surcingle

A Surcingle Is A Belly Belt, Band Or Girth Used To Secure Horse Rugs And Blankets And As A Training Aid

A Surcingle is a belly belt, band or girth used to secure horse rugs and blankets and as a training aid It is pronounced Sir Single
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Swan Neck

When a horse has a dip in the top line of the neck in front of the withers, it causes difficulty for the horse in raising it's neck in order to go correctly...



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Sway Back

When a horse's back dips significantly in the middle...



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Sweat Scraper

Used to remove excess sweat and water when the horse has been washed...



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Sweet Itch

This is the condition caused by an allergic response to the bite of midges, the horse will rub away at the affected areas until they become raw...

Sweet Itch

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Table

The surface of the horse's tooth which bites and grinds his food...



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Tack

The general term given to the equipment needed for a riding horse - saddle, bridle etc...

Tack is the general term given to the equipment needed for a riding horse - saddle, bridle etc

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Taishuh

An extremely rare breed of Japanese horse that has existed since the 8th century...
The very rare Japanese horse called the Taishuh

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Tawleed

A breed of horse from Sudan, very little is known about this particular breed...



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Teaser

a substitute stallion used to test the mare's readiness for being covered (mated) by the stud stallion...



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Tendons

Tendons attach muscles to the bones...



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Thatching

A traditional method of using hay or straw to dry off wet, muddy legs by wrapping it around the horse's leg before bandaging, after about 30 minutes the bandage can be removed and the leg brushed off...



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Thatching

Thatching A Wet Horse

This is a traditional method of drying a wet horse in cold weather Thatching is a method by which hay or straw is placed up under a cooler or blanket over the wet area to capture the horse’s natural heat and provide a drying environment. The 'thatch' of hay or straw can be left in place indefinitely; if possible, check it periodically and replace any damp thatch with dry Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe
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Photo Of a Horse That Has Dried With The Thatching ethod

What a Nice Hay Necklace

The Bars

This term refers to the parts of the lower jaw bone lying between the incisor teeth in the front and the molars at the back of the horse's mouth...



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Thoroughpin

Occurs when the Tarsal Sheath (part of the tendon) above the hock swells...



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Threadworms

An internal parasite that lives in the small intestine, often transferred to a foal from it's mother'milk...

Threadworm

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Thrush

Thrush is a disease of the frog in the horse's hoof, main symptoms are a dark discharge with a foul smell...

A diagram showing the anatomy of a horse hoof

The Anatomy Of A Horse Hoof



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Tied In Below The Knee

A conformation fault - occurs when the measurement below the knee is significantly less than above the fetlock..



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Tiger Horse

These are gaited, spotted American horses that look very much like the Appaloosa...



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Tittupping

Tittupping Is The Term Given To a Horse or Pony That Moves In a Lively or Restless Manner Appearing to Prance Around

A horse that behaves in a prancing and restless manner issometimes described as tittupping

Looking In The Mood For Some Tittupping When Saddled


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To Shy

Occurs when a horse jumps suddenly to one side having being startled by something...



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Tolfetano Horse

A breed of horse from the Lazio region of Italy...



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The Tolfetano or Cavallo Tolfetano is a breed of horse from the northern part of the Lazio region of Italy.

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Top Heavy

An overdeveloped or too heavy body that is in disproportion to the legs...



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Top Line

The line from the back of the withers to the end of the croup as seen here in this illustration of a racehorse

Diagram showing the conformation of a horse

This Racehorse Has Good Conformation



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Tori

This is a breed of horse from Estonia...



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Transition

The act of changing from one pace to another, when a horse changes from walk to trot and trot to canter they are called 'Upward transitions' The reverse movements are called 'Downward transitions'...



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Trapezius

The muscle on either side of the horse's withers...

Location Of The Trapezius Muscle On a Horse

Where To Find The Trapezius Muscle On A Horse



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Tubbing

A method of soaking a horse's foot - normally in hot water with Epsom Salts, can help draw out pus from an infection and relieve pain...


Tubbing is a method of soaking a horse's foot - normally in hot water with Epsom Salts, can help draw out pus from an infection and relieve pain..

Epsom Salts Added To Help Draw Out The Infection

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Turnout

Refers to the standard of dress and appearance of horse and rider also means the act of turning horses out into a field, pasture or paddock...



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Two Track

A schooling movement in which the hind legs of the horse follow a separate track from that made by the forelegs...



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Type

A horse that fulfils a particular purpose such as a hack or hunter but is not necessarily of any specific breed...



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Undershot

A fault in which the lower jaw projects beyond the upper jaw as illustrated in the bottom diagram It is also referred to as Monkey Mouth

Diagram showing an under and over shot jaw in a horse also called a parrot and monkey mouth

An Undershot Jaw aka Monkey Mouth



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Unguligrade Locomotion

Unguligrade Locomotion | How Horses Walk

Unguligrade animals, called ungulates, are those which walk on the tips of their toes, typically on hooves The term ungulate means in very broad terms 'hoofed animal' This includes include horses, deer, antelope, goats, pigs and sheep This way of walking enables them to extend their stride length and so move faster
Diagram showing some examples of mammals with Unguligrade Locomotion

The Term Applies To All Sorts Of Hoofed Mammals

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Up To Weight

Used to describe a horse that due to it's size, substance and conformation is capable of carrying substantial weight...


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Upright Shoulder

A conformation fault that describes where the slope of the shoulder falls away too steeply from the withers...


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Urticaria

Often known as Nettle Rash or Hives this condition is the result of an allergic reaction causing swellings, that look like bubble wrap, to come up on the horse's skin...

Photo showing the condition of Urticaria Often known as Nettle Rash or Hives this condition is the result of an allergic reaction causing swellings, that look like bubble wrap, to come up on the horse’s skin…

Severe Case Of Urticaria


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Vertical

An upright fence with no spread, it can be rails, planks , gate or a wall...



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Veteran

A horse aged 15 years or older...



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Vetting A Horse

The term given to the procedure carried out by a vet to ensure a horse is sound and well, also called a Pre-purchase Examination You think you have found your perfect equine partner and it's time to have the horse vetted, but what does a pre-purchase veterinary examination involve and how important is it? Jeremy Mantell, MRCVS and chairman of the British Equine Veterinary Association's current review of vetting procedures, says: "Always ask for a full five-stage vetting, as well as a blood sample to check for drugs. Don't be tempted to save money by asking for a two-stage version — it is a limited examination that may not reveal all problems" In outline, the pre-purchase examination follows five stages, takes about an hour and a half and consists of a series of thorough checks in the stable, in-hand and under saddle. You should use your own vet or one known to you, not the vet of the person selling. The costs vary from vet to vet but expect to pay about £250 It is important that you brief your vet fully beforehand so that he or she knows what your needs are and what the horse is intended for, as the examination will take place based on these criteria Stage one is observation of the horse at rest in his stable. The vet notes his breathing rate, listens to his heart and if the horse points a toe at rest or crib bites, this will be in evidence The horse is then taken outside for a full surface examination of the skin, limbs and teeth in good light. The inspection of his teeth is simply to confirm age – a full dental examination will only be conducted at your specific request Any lumps and bumps denoting old injuries, or sarcoids on the body, should be apparent at this stage. The vet should view and preferably palpate every inch of skin to check for abnormalities, even under the belly. Any conformational defects should be observed at this point Stage two should be carried out on a hard surface and involves walking and trotting up the horse in a straight line, looking for signs of lameness and then conducting flexion tests on the joints of the lower limbs If all these tests are passed, the horse should be reined back and trotted on a circle each way – this will exacerbate any subtle problems Stage three requires strenuous exercise, preferably ridden or lunged. The vet will check for a dipped or cold back when mounting, and coordinated movement once mounted. If the horse is unbroken he should be loose-schooled. The vet will then listen for abnormal heart and wind sounds after exertion
Vetting A Horse before Purchase

A Vetting Could Save You Heartache & Thousands Of Pounds

Stage four is a period of rest for 20- 30 minutes, to elicit any stiffness when the horse is re-examined at stage five Stage five involves trotting the horse up, listening to the heart and looking further at any areas of concern. A blood sample will also be taken and stored The vet must then give his or her best opinion "on the day" to the buyer. He is not obliged to reveal his thoughts to the seller, although many will if there is an obvious problem Further tests may be required to insure expensive horses, such as ultrasound scanning of the tendons, or radiography of the distal limbs and feet. These tests are expensive and are unlikely to be recommended unless there is cause for concern Horse Vettings have become an area where litigation is common and as a result most vets will conduct them extremely carefully This article was originally published in the November 2003 issue of HORSE Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe
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Vice

A bad habit in a horse that could affect it's usefulness, ability and health...



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Vlaamperd Horse

A horse originally bred from the Friesian, Thoroughbred and the Hackney in South Africa - now extremely rare

The Vlaamperd Horse pictured here is now very rare

Their Name Translates To “Flemish Horse” Referring To Their Strong Initial Friesian Influence.

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Waler

A breed of Australian horse originally bred in New South Wales and still in use today...


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Wall Of Hoof

The visible part of the horse's hoof...



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Warlander Horse

This powerfully built horse is a cross between the Andalusian and Friesian breeds...

The Warlander is a horse of Baroque type, produced by crossing Andalusian and Friesian breeds

The Warlander Is A Horse Of Baroque Type, Produced By Crossing Andalusian and Friesian Breeds



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Warmblood

In very general terms - a part bred horse, the result of an Arabian or Thoroughbred cross with other breeds...



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Water Brush

A brush of medium soft texture,used to wash off stains and to lay the mane and tail flat...



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Weanling

A young horse aged under one year that has been taken away from it's mother and no longer feeds from her...

Horses Enjoying Their Freedom Including weaned Foals

Weaning A Foal Is Often Done At 4-6 Months Of Age


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Weaving

A stable vice most common amongst well-bred horses, the horse rocks itself to and fro , the head swinging with each movement...



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Weedy

A horse of poor conformation - weak in the quarters and shoulders and with long legs...



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Weight Carrier

Another term for a heavyweight horse and considered capable of carrying 210 lbs...



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Weight Cloth

Used when a rider needs to carry weight to conform with competition rules, it is normally a linen or nylon type saddle cloth with stitched pockets that hold the lead weights...

Zilco Lead Weight Cloth For Horse Racing



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Welara

A breed of pony developed from the Arab and the Welsh Pony and described as a fine but hardy animal...



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Well Ribbed Up

This describes a horse with a short, deep, well rounded body and well sprung ribs...



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Well Sprung Ribs

A horse well suited to carrying a saddle as it has long rounded ribs allowing ample room for lung expansion...



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Welsh Section D

A Welsh Section D is is the largest size within the Welsh Pony and Cob breed registries. They must be taller than 13.2 hands, with no upper height limit They are used as riding animals for both adults and children, and are also used for driving They are known for their hardiness and gentle nature

Stunning Photo of Welsh Section D Called Retanach Mizzy and His Rider Loretta Mcdonald | Welsh Horse Breeds This is Retanach Mizzy with his rider Loretta who are featured in our Welsh Ponies & Cobs showcase
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Wheeler

In carriage driving this refers to the horse that is harnessed closest to the carriage, behind the leading horse...



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Whip

A stick like instrument used to encourage the horse to move in a particular way also refers to the driver of a carriage...



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Whipper-In

The name given to the assistant to the huntsman of a pack of hounds...



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Whole Marked

This refers to a horse with no white markings...



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Whorls

A whorl is formed by a change in the direction of hair growth, as they are unique to each animal they are used to help identify a horse...


A whorl is formed by a change in the direction of hair growth, as they are unique to each animal they are used to help identify a horse

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Wielkopolski


The Wielkopolski Horse was developed in the 1960's by crossing two now extinct Polish breeds, the Pozan and the Mazury, so it is also referred to as the Mazursko-Poznanski The Wielkopolski horse has a fine, small head with a straight profile and lively eyes. This is set into a strong, long neck. The breed has sloping shoulders and a deep and wide chest It is muscular, compact, and deep in the body, with powerful hindquarters. Their legs are well muscled with long cannons and good, clearly defined joints and tendons. Generally they are used as Sport Horses doing well in show jumping and dressage They can be any solid colour, and usually stand between 15.2 and 16.2 hands high The Wielkopolski has a fine, small head with a straight profile and lively eyes. This is set into a strong, long neck. The horse has sloping shoulders and a deep and wide chest. It is muscular, compact, and deep in the body, with powerful hindquarters. Their legs are well muscled with long cannons and good, clearly defined joints and tendons. They can be any solid color, and usually stand between 15.2 and 16.2 hands Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe
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Wind Sucking

A stable vice in which the horse arches his neck and sucks air in through his open mouth, generally caused by boredom and stress...



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Windgall

Swellings around the fetlock joint - suffered more by heavier horses...



Windgalls are Swellings around the fetlock joint – suffered more by heavier horses…

Windgalls Are Normally Experienced By Younger Horses

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Winging

A foreleg action when the lower leg swings in but falls and lifts straight...



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Withers

The point at the bottom of the horse's neck - it is from here that a horse's height is measured...

The height of a horse is measured vertically from the withers to the ground, because the withers is the horse's highest constant point.

The Withers As Shown Here Is The Ridge Between The Shoulder Blades



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Worm Egg Count

Where the infestation of worms can be assessed by counting the number of eggs per gram in the horses' faeces...

Horse Wormers On Sale Here

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WPCS


The initials WPCS stands for the WELSH PONY & COB SOCIETY In Welsh it is called CWMDEITHAS Y MERLOD A'R COBIAU CYMRAEG Founded in 1901, the Welsh Pony & Cob Society is the largest of Britain's Native Breed Societies The Society's membership is worldwide, reflecting the popularity and versatility of Welsh Ponies and Cobs It is based in Lampeter,in the county of Ceredigion in west Wales It is a registered charity and the Welsh Pony and Cob Society is governed by a board of 15 trustees, who are elected for a three year term of office by the Society Members Trustees can stand for election for 2 terms of office (6 years in post) before being required to stand down for 3 years before re-election The Welsh Stud Book contains registration details of four types of Welsh Ponies and Cobs These types include the *Section A Welsh Mountain Pony *Section B Welsh Pony *Section C Welsh Pony (Cob type) *Section D Welsh Cob Each Section, or type, has specific characteristics, but all retain the pony character, versatility and excellent temperament of the Welsh breeds There is also a register for Welsh Part-bred animals, who must have a minimum proven 12.5% of Welsh blood in their parentage
One Of Several Welsh Ponies Grazing On Plumstone Mountain in Pembrokeshire

One Of Several Welsh Ponies Grazing On Plumstone Mountain in Pembrokeshire

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Yarding

This is a system that involves keeping horses over the winter in a covered yard or large barn,and generally uses the deep litter system for bedding, the horses are not enclosed in boxes and can wander in and out freely...

YARDING This is a system that involves keeping horses over the winter in a covered yard or large barn,and generally uses the deep litter system for bedding, the horses are not enclosed in boxes and can wander in and out freely

How Comfy Are They?

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Yearling

A young male (colt) or female (filly) aged between one and two years of age...
Lovely little pony called Spartan | Photo taken when he was a yearling

This Lovely Yearling Is Called 'Spartan'

A Yealing Colt As Shown Here is a Young Male Horse

This Lovely boy Is A Yearling Colt Named Colormore Salvatore



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Yili

This is a small horse from the Xinijang region of China and was bred from Russian and Mongolian stock...

The Yili Is A Small horse breed used for riding, draft, meat and milk. Developed from Russian and Mongolian stock

Yili Horses Originated Around 1900 From Russian Breeds Crossed With Mongolian stock



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Zebrinny

A Zebrinny refers to the offspring of a male horse and a female zebra

A Zebrinny refers to the offspring of a male horse and a female zebra

This Is a Zebrinny Foal

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Zebroid

A zebroid (also known as zedonk, zorse, zebra mule, zonkey, and zebrule) is the offspring of any cross between a zebra and any other equine In most cases, the sire is a zebra stallion
Photograph of a zebroid which is a zebra hybrid

This Zebroid Was a Famous Animal Named Eclyse

Regular zebroid’s normally look like small brown horses but with the trademark zebra stripes Offspring of a donkey sire and zebra dam, called a zebra hinny,Zebrinny or donkra, do exist but are rare Zebroids have been bred since the 19th century Equestrian sport and activity is full of odd sounding terms and definitions which is why we decided to put together a comprehensive index of known equine terms, most are British , some are American and a few are specific to Europe
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