Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What Horse Terms REALLY Mean

As I was reading Jean's blog, Horses of Follywoods I came to a part where she mentions, "have you ever tried to explain horseman's terms to non-horseman"? I chuckled because I remembered something sent to me by a friend that was a comical glossary of horseman's terms. I Googled around and found it here at Animal Talk. Copied and pasted here for your amusement:

Glossary of Horse Terms

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. - THIS IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE!!

Fence: Decorative structure built to provide your horse with something to
chew on.

Horse Auction: What you think of 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 one’s knuckles.

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

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 10 X 10 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 you 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.

Light Cribber: We can’t afford to build anymore fencing or box stalls to
this buzz saw on 4 legs.

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


Promise said...

Absolutely perfect.

C-ingspots said...

I love it!!

There is so much truth to this, it's kinda scary.

Jean said...

Someone at school asked me if I considered riding an "elite" sport. We were discussing how people tending to see horsemen as members of the "upper crust." I had to agree we make it look like an elite sport, most of us don't have much money in the end.

Well unless you have a rich sponsor or a Derby winner.

"Hock." Yep. Right on target. *lol*

SolitaireMare said...

Jean - LOL I know what you mean, the only upper crust I know from is the ice I have to break through on my water buckets!

As a wise person once told me, "Horses are the gift that keeps on taking".


A Bay Horse said...

Lol, those are cute! :)

xoxo~ Meg said...

You nailed it sista. I love it!!!!

Meg said...

This fits perfectly into my life the past few days. I was trying to explain to a co-worker what a tail bag was. He was convinced it was to catch poop. I finally brought a few in to show him, ones that had yet to touch a horse's tail of course.

Cyn 'n Specks said...

Those are pretty funny. It's like me trying to explain to my friend the difference between gallop and 4-beat canter.