A horse who balks when asked to leave the barn or stable area.
The area on a horse's body between the forearms and the loins (also called the trunk).
Wood chips, straw or shavings used on the floor of a horses stall to absorb moisture and provide padding.
A fly often found around horses that looks similar to a big bee. They often lay tiny white eggs on the horses legs and belly, these eggs stick to the ends of the hair and if ingested the larvae migrate to the stomach wall where they attach themselves.
A fault in conformation which means the hocks of the hind legs turn outwards. Opposite to Cow-hocks.
A tendon that stays inflammed all the time. Doesn’t generally result in lameness, however that tendon is not as strong which can create other issues.
When a horse leaps in the air, keeping all forelegs stiff and his back arched, while lowering his head, sometimes kicking back in an effort to unseat a rider or just to express emotion!
The third Metacarple or Metatarsal bones.
A cast horse is one that has fallen or laid down so close to a fense or wall that they can't get up without help.
The bone inside the hoof closest to the ground; P3.
Horses with origins in the draft breeds and heavy war horses. Generally exhibit a thick coat, long fetlocks and dense bone structure.
An intact male horse under the age of 3 years.
1. The horse's fitness and readiness to run; 2. "Body" condition is essentially grading of muscle and fat content.
How a horse is put together with regard to his shape, including proportions and angles. Usually referenced in an ideal for the breed.
A fault in conformation which means the hocks of the hind legs turn inwards. Often the horse is also splay footed (feet point outward like a ducks feet).
Cribbing or Wind Sucking
A stable vice in which the horse latches onto a horixontal object (e.g. the manger) with the teeth, tenses the neck and swallows; synonym is "crib - biting".
A horse trained to separate, or cut out, one animal - usually a cow - from a herd.
Competitions which include three different disciplines: dressage, cross country and stadium jumping.
The right side of the horse. Also known as the "Off Side" and is not typically the side one handles horses from.
A female horse under the age of 3 years.
A shock absorbing wedge-shaped pad in the sole of the hoof that contacts the ground first with each step.
A pattern of foot movements. The most common gaits are the walk, trot, canter and gallop.
A castrated male horse.
The circumference of a horse's body, measured from behind the withers around the barrel; the strap that holds down the saddle (saddle girth).
A mixed breed of horse.
A horse that has had little training or experience with a rider.
An old term that describes a cross between a thoroughbred and any other breed.
A unit of measurement equaling 4inches, used to estimate a horse's height. The height of a horse is listed as the number of hands, followed by a decimal point, then followed by the number of additional inches. (e.g. 16 hands and 2 inches = 16.2hh)
A horse that spooks (gets a fright) when you move too quickly near their head.
A horse whose bloodlines are Thoroughbred or Arabian. Generally they exhibit fine bones, a fine or thin coat and high energy.
The carpus of a horse is often referred to as the knee.
The left side of the horse. Horses are usually more accostomed to being approached and handled from this side.
A small horse; usually 14.2 hands or under.
When a horse rises to stand on it's hind legs, usually to throw off a rider and or tack or to express emotion!
A horse with a bad temper.
A horse without any problems.
Stadium jumping or Show jumping
A compitition where horse and rider jump a series of jumps/ fences against a clock. The course of jumps is set inside a stadium.
A stable vice in which the horse paces endlessly around his stall.
A stallion used for breeding purposes.
Equipment used in riding, including the saddle, bridle and saddlepad.
An undesirable behavioral habit.
A horse under one years of age that has been separated (or weaned) from it's mother.
A stable vice in which the horse continually rocks from side to side, shifting his weight from one front leg to the other, causing the neck and head to sway as well.
The ridge in the horse's backbone, just behind the mane. It is the highest point on the horse's spine and from where height is measured.
A young horse between 1 and 2 years of age.
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