Horse glossary

To find your way around the horse glossary use the index at the bottom of the page.

The equestrian world has its own equine language.

I have put this together, to help you understand some words and their meanings.

G

Gamgee

Cotton wool lined with gauze, padding used under leg bandages.


Gelding

A male horse or pony that has been castrated – one not able to breed.


Gaskin

The second thigh extending from stifle to the hock (hind leg).

Gig

A horse drawn cart seating two people. It is lightweight and has two wheels.

 

Going

This term describes the condition of the ground under foot.

Wet ground is described as soft or heavy going.

Dry ground is described as hard going.

Some horses prefer soft ground and others prefer hard ground and will perform better if the ground conditions are right for them.

Horse glossary

H

Hackamore

A type of bit less bridle.Many horses that are difficult to control in a bit, work much happier in a hackamore.

Hard feet

Pony nuts, mix, corn and so on, fed to a horse in small quantities.

The horse has a small stomach, so hard feed is better fed little and often. So, if you were only giving the horse one feed a day, I would split this into two feeds and give one in the morning and then at night.

 

Headpiece

The part of a bridle or head collar that goes over the horse’s head.A padded headpiece, provides more comfort for the horse.


Hogging

Cutting off a horse’s mane.

A cob type horse with a hogged mane, looks good, while a thoroughbred horse or fine type, such a Section b pony or Arab would look “silly” with his mane shaved off.

Although, many horses that suffer with sweet itch have their manes hogged.


HH

Stands for "hands high”. One hand is 4 inches. This method is used to measure a horse.Today, horses are measured in cms, so a pony measuring 14.2hh, would be a 148cm.

Harness horse

A horse that is used in harness, to pull a cart or implement.

Heavy horse

A large draught horse, such as the Suffolk Punch, Clydesdale, Shire, Ardennais, Breton, Boulonnais, Percheron, American Cream draft.

Hot blood

This is a term used to describe Arab, Barbs and Thoroughbreds.

Hybrid Zebra

A cross between a horse and a zebra.


Horse

An equine animal which stands over 14.2hh or 148cms.

 

Hunter

A horse that is used for hunting is known, as a Hunter. This type of horse must be able to gallop and jump well.

A Hunter horse is not a breed, used for a day’s hunting. There are special show competitions, with Hunter’s being split into different classes being light, middle and heavy weight hunter.

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