How to Know Basic Equine Vocabulary

If you are new the "equine world", it may seem hard to fit in, and a little confusing. When engaging in conversation, it may be necessary to know some of these words.

Steps

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    Learn the following words:
    • Tack. Tack is the gear you use for a horse. Examples are the saddle, bridle, halter, etc.
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    • Walk, trot, canter, and gallop. These four words, as you may already know, are the four natural gaits of a horse. If you're riding Western, it is the walk, jog, lope, and gallop. The walk is the slowest, and the gallop is the fastest.
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      • Some specific breeds have their own unique gaits, other than the main four. As an example, Tennessee Walking Horses can do the 'running walk', and Standardbreds can do the 'pace'.
    • Aids. Signals used by a rider to pass instructions to his mount. Artificial aids include the whip and spurs. Natural aids include hands, legs, voice cues and weight cues.
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    • Conformation. The structure and general make-up of a horse
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    • Cold-Blooded. Designating any horse or breed of horse without Arabian or eastern blood in its breeding. In practice, since many so-called cold-blooded breeds have been improved by the use of Arab blood, the distinction is based mainly on physical type: broadly, all heavy draft horses and most European native ponies are classed as cold-blooded.
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    • Farrier. A person trained professionally to tend to a horses hooves.
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    • Frog. V-shaped area found on bottom of horses hooves.
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    • Withers. Point at the bottom of the neck. This is usually characterized by a slightly raised area - just above the shoulders. The saddle lays just behind this. A horses height is measured from the ground to the withers
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    • Foal. A horse of any gender that's under one year.
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    • Filly. A female foal.
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    • Colt. A male foal.
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    • Yearling. A horse of any gender that's one year old.
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    • Mare. A female horse over 4 years of age.
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    • Gelding. Castrated male horse of any age.
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    • Stallion. An uncastrated male horse that's over 4 years of age.
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    • Shy. When a horse jumps to the side, being scared by something real or imaginary.
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    Use them in a conversation. Next time you're around all those horseback riders or horse owners, you'll know what they're talking about!

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