Horse abbreviations and dictionary

To find your way around the equine definitions and horse abbreviations glossary, use the index at the bottom of the page.

The horse world has its own horse language of equestrian words,and you might not understand all the words you read or hear.

This equine reference explains what some of these words mean.


Horse abbreviations

U

Under saddle

When a pony or horse is being ridden.

Unsound

Health problems or lameness.An unsound horse would not pass a vetting.

 

Up to weight

A strong horse, capable of carrying a heavy rider.

VW

Vaulting

Jumping onto a horse without using a saddle.

Warm blood

In general terms, it's the crossing of two different breeds, like the Thoroughbred crossed with another breed to produce a specific type of horse.

Warm bloods are bred in different countries and each warm blood, takes the countries name, such as the American warm blood, Bavarian, Belgian, British, Danish, Dutch and Swedish warm blood.


Water brush

This is a short-bristled brush that is soaked in water, and used to lay the mane and tail in place during grooming.

Waist

This is the narrowest part of a saddle's seat.

Whip

A stick like device, used to urge a horse forward.

In competitions, there are restrictions on the length of riding whip. For example, a long schooling whip is banned in jumping competitions. Each discipline you compete in will have rules and regulations. So read the rules before you begin.


Withers

The bony ridge at the bottom of the horse’s neck.

A horse is measured from the withers.

Some horses have very long prominent withers, while some rounder ponies have very little wither and this means, saddle fitting can be difficult.


Weaving

Weaving is a stable vice. The horse will shift his weight from one foreleg to the other, whilst moving his head from side to side, with their head over the stable door.

This behaviour is constant and most annoying. Other horses will display this behaviour just before feeding time or when waiting to be turned out.

An anti- weaving grill will help prevent this.


Wind

This term relate to the horse’s breathing.

Weight band

A weight band, reads the horse’s weight. The tape wraps around the horse from the girth area to read the weight.

Westphalian

An elegant German horse,  bred at the state stud in Warendorf in Westphalia, Germany.

XYZ

Yearling

A horse or pony one year old.

Zebra bars

Dark, stripped markings, which are found on the forearms and can be found on the hind legs.



Horse abbreviations

 



AHS- Arab horse society

BSPS - British show pony society

FR- First ridden

BHS-British horse society

BS- British show jumping

HOYS -Horse of the year show

HH -Hands high

SP– Show pony

XC– Cross-country

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