Learn the basic horse terminology

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We all love horses, don’t we? But before you ride a horse it is important to know the “basic horse terminology” so here we go!

Popular Horse terms

MARE – An adult female horse
PONY – A full-grown little horse.
FOAL – A baby horse.
COLT – Male baby horse usually under the age of two years.
LAME – A “lame horse” has an injury that intervenes with its performance or health.

BRIDLE- The headgear used to control a horse which are some buckled straps to which the reins are attached.
GIRTH- a girth is a leather strap attached to the saddle, looped under the horse’s stomach so that the saddle stays still.
REIN- The reins are straps used to control the horse while riding it.
SADDLE-A comfortable seating area for the rider.
HORSESHOE-An iron boot attached to the horse’s hooves via nails.
JOCKEY- One who rides a horse in horse races.
CRUPPER-  a leather loop passing under a horse’s tail and buckled to the strap of a saddle to prevent the saddle from sliding forward.

Some Popular Horse Breeds

The Arabian horse
Quarter Horse
Shetland Pony
Tennessee Walker
Paso Fino
Gypsy Wanner
American Paint Horse
Miniature Horse
Belgian Draft
Welsh Pony

Some Famous Horses in Literature

Rocinante – in the book ‘Don Quixote’ by Miguel de Cervantes
Black Beauty – in the book ‘Black Beauty’ by Anna Sewell
Arod –  in the book ‘Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R Tolkien
Gabilan – in the book ‘The Red Pony’ by John Steinbeck
Phantom – in the book ‘The Phantom Stallion’ by Terri Farley
Flicka –  in the book ‘My Friend Flicka’  by Mary O’Hara

Some Famous horses in movies

Black beauty – in the movie ‘Black beauty’.
Bucephalus – in the movie ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’.
Cisco – in the movie ‘Dances with Wolves’.
Concorde – in the movie ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’.
Goliath – in the movie ‘Ladyhawke’.
Artax –in the movie  ‘The Neverending Story’.
Seabiscuit –in the movie  ‘Seabiscuit’.
Spirit – in the movie ‘Stallion of the Cimarron’.
The Black – in the movie ‘The Black Stallion’.
The Pie – in the movie ‘National Velvet’.



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