Horse definitions

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Horse glossary and horse definitions.

The horse terms dictionary explains what some of these words mean.




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Cantle

The back of the saddle. The cantle can be square or curved.

Cavesson

This is a type of noseband is part of a bridle.The cavasson is a basic noseband.

Chaff

Chopped up hay and straw. This feed is mixed with other feeds to stop the horse from rushing his food.


Chaps

Chaps are riding clothes, worn to protect the riders legs.

They are made of leather or suede.

Chaps can be full-length or up to the knee which are called half-chaps.


Changing the rein

When you change the rein, you are changing the direction in which you are riding.

Cheeks

The flat side of a horse's face.

Clean-legged

A horse that carries no feather is described as clean legged.

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Clipping

This is the removal of a horse or pony's winter coat. Clipping a horse enables it to work without sweating.

Most competition horses are clipped all year round.

Colic

This is abdominal pain and can be very serious , contact your vet which needs the attention of a vet.

Colt

A male horse under the age of four years.


Croup

The highest point of the hindquarters on the horse.

Cheek piece

The part of the bridle that connects to the bit.

Competition horse

A horse that competes at shows.


Conformation

The overall shape and structure of a horse.Not all horses have perfect conformation. So, assess the horse on what you want it to do.

Contact

The connection between the rider’s hand and the horse’s mouth.


Crest

This can be found on the centre of the top line, the neck. It is the arch found on the top line.A stallion will have a noticeable crest.

Curry comb

A metal comb on a wooden handle. This tool is used to clean horse brushes.


Coat colour

Horses come in many colours. A common colour is the bay, just like the horse in the picture.

The majority of racing horses are this colour.

Cow hocks

Cow hocks are a conformation fault. When you view the horse from the back end, you will notice that the hocks turn inwards at the points, like those of a cow. Hence, the name “Cow hocks”.


Cannon bone

This is the bone of the foreleg (front leg). It is between the knee and the fetlock.


Cross breeding

The mating of different horse breeds, or horse types. For example – the mare (female) is a Welsh section D and the stallion (male) is a Thoroughbred. Therefore, the horse would be Thoroughbred cross Welsh section D.


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