Horse terminology

Equestrian terminology

The horse world has its own equine words, and you might not understand all the horse terminology.

This list explains some of these words.


S

School a horse

To educate and train a horse.

Shying

A startled horse that jumps side wards.

Anything can cause a horse to shy. It could be out on a hack, and the wind catches a plastic bag, that starts flying around. When jumping, it is not uncommon for novice horses to shy at brightly coloured solid fillers.


Sluggish horse

A lazy pony that does not want to work.These types of horses are generally overweight.

Sound horse

A horse that is healthy, with no lameness or respiratory problems.

Stallion

Used for breeding, aged 4 yrs and older.

Suffolk Punch

This is a British heavy horse breed. It is used as a heavy draught horse and for showing.

Shetland

The Shetland pony is the smallest of Britain’s native pony breeds.Their size averages between 96 – 101 cms (38 – 40 inches)

Horse terminology

Selle Francais

Selle Francais is a French horse breed. This breed is used for riding and competition.

Shagya Arabian

This is a horse breed of Arab-type physique, used for riding and harness work.

Shire

The Shire horse is very large standing around 16.2 -18hh.It is a supreme heavy horse of great strength.

Sweat scraper

 A sweat scraper is the easiest way to get rid of excess water, after washing him. It has a rigid rubber rim, which is ideal to scrape on sensitive areas.

T

Transition

Changing from one pace to another, for example – walk to trot upward transition. Trot to walk – downward transition.

Turn out

To let a horse or pony out in the field.

Thoroughbred

The thoroughbred horse is built for speed and especially good at racing. It can also be used for other disciplines.

Trakehner

The Trakehner is a horse breed and also known as the East Prussian.

Tarpan

The Tarpan is an ancient horse breed and is believed to be an ancestor of our modern horses.

Tail bandage

This is a bandage used to wrap around the horse's tail. Tail bandages are used for travelling a horse.

Throatlash

This is part of a horse's bridle and it's purpose is to keep the bridle on. If the throat lash is to slack and the rider falls off the horse, the bridle can also fall off.

Thrush

This disease is found in the frog. Caught through poor hygiene, foot disease or standing in wet muddy fields.

Tongue guard

Some horses put their tongue over the bit, so this is designed to prevent the horse from doing so.

There are bit’s available that prevent the horse from putting his tongue over the bit. If a horse behaves in this way, the rider will struggle to control or turn him.


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