Useful dictionary of horse terms

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Useful dictionary of horse terms

Post  Admin on Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:30 pm


Hock: Financial condition of all horse owners.

Stall: What your rig does at rush hour in an unfamiliar city on the way to a big horse show.

A Bit: What you have left in your pocket after you've been to your favorite tack shop.

Fence: Decorative structure built to provide your horse with something to chew on, scratch against and jump over.

Horse Auction: What you think of having after your horse bucks you off.

Pinto: Green coat pattern found on freshly washed light colored horses left unattended for 2 minutes.

Well Mannered: Hasn't stepped on, bitten, or kicked anyone for a week.

Rasp: Abrasive metal tool used to remove excess skin from ones knuckles.

Lunging: Popular training method in which a horse exercises their owner by spinning them in circles until dizzy.

Gallop: Customary gait a horse chooses when returning back to the barn.

Nicely Started: Lunges, but not enough health insurance to even think about riding him.

Colic: Gastrointestinal result of eating at horse fair food stands.

Colt: What your mare gives you when you want a filly.

Easy to Load: Only takes 3 hours, 4 men, a 50lb bag of oats, and a tractor with loader.

Easy to Catch: In a 10x10 stall.

Easy Rider: Rides good in a trailer; not to be confused with "ride-able".

Endurance Ride: End result when your horse spooks and runs away with you.

Hives: What you get when receive the vet bill for your 6 horses, 3 dogs, 4 cats, and 1 donkey.

Hobbles: Walking gait of a horse owner after their foot has been stepped on by their horse.

Feed: Expensive substance used to manufacture manure.

Dog House: What you are in when you spend too much money on grooming supplies and pretty halters.

Cribbing: The vice of chewing your pencils while worrying as you're figuring the cost of next year’s hay.

Light Cribber: We can't afford to build anymore fencing or box stalls for this buzz saw on four legs.

Three Gaited Horse: A horse that 1) trips, 2) stumbles, 3) falls.

Five Gaited Horse: A horse that 1) trips, 2) stumbles, 3) falls, 4) gets up, and 5) trips again.

Equitation: The ability to keep a smile on your face and maintain proper posture while your horse tries to crowhop, shy and buck his way around a show ring.

Big Name Trainer: Cult Leader – Horse owners follow them blindly, will gladly sell their homes, spend their children's college funds and their IRA's to support them -- as they have a direct link to "The Most High Ones" (Judges).

Green Broke: The color of the face of the person who has just gotten the training bill from the Big Name Trainer . . .

Mustang: The type of horse your husband would gladly trade your favorite one for . . . preferably in a red convertible and V-8.

Overreaching: A descriptive term used to explain the condition your credit cards are in by the end of show season.

Quitter: A term trainers have commonly used to refer to their clients who finally come to their senses and pull horses out of their barns.

Ringworms: Spectators who block your view and gather around the rail sides at horse shows.

Tack Room: A room where every item necessary to work with or train your horse has been put, in a place where it cannot be found in less than 30 minutes.

Versatility: An owners ability to shovel manure, fix fences and chase down a loose horse all in one afternoon

Found this on another forum!!!


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