If you're fairly new to the horse scene, you've probably heard
more experienced equestrians throwing around words you don't
understand. For your education and amusement, here are some
definitions of common equestrian terms.
A popular, social gathering where you can change a horse from a
financial liability into a liquid asset.
Azoturia (Monday Morning Disease)
a condition brought on by showing horses all weekend. Symptoms
include the feeling of dread at having to get out of bed on
Mondays and go to work.
An affliction common to horse people in northern climates during
the winter months. Trudging through deep snow, pushing
wheelbarrows through snow and beating out frozen water buckets
tend to bring on this condition rapidly.
Big Name Trainer
Cult Leader: Horse owners follow them blindly, will gladly sell
their homes, spend their children's college funds and their IRA's
to support them- as they have a direct link to "The Most High
The feeling of panic when riding through marshy area. Also used
to refer to horses who throw a fit at having to go through water
to gulp feed usually occurs with sandwiches at half-hour holds.
A wheat by-product occasionally fed moistened to horses, most
usually applied as spackel or stucco on owner.
The gastrointestinal result of eating at the food stands at horse
What your mare always gives you when you want a filly.
The involuntary/instant reflex of curling one's toes up - right
before a horse steps on your foot.
small callus growths formed from the continual wearing of cowboy
The vice of chewing your pencils while worrying as you figuring
cost of next year s hay.
Term used to describe the condition an owner is in after he
administers mineral oil to his horse.
The end result when your horse spooks and runs away with you in
The ability to keep a smile on your face and proper posture while
your horse tries to crowhop, shy and buck his way around a show
Expensive substance utilized in the manufacture of large
quantities of manure
Decorative perimeter structures built to give a horse something
to chew on, scratch against and jump over (see inbreeding).
A condition of the lower extremities in horse owners who also own
dogs and cats.
The excuse of choice a horse uses so he can kick you, buck you
off or knock you over - he cannot be punished.
1.) The discovery of your loose mare-some miles from your farm,
usually in a flower bed or cornfield. Used like-"Hey, honey, I
found'er." 2.) A condition that happens to most people after
Small amphibious animal that emits a high-pitched squeal when
The customary gait a horse chooses when returning to the barn
Wooden or metal structures built to amuse horses.
Painful swelling and abrasion made at the point of mid-section by
fashionable large western belt buckles.
The color of the face of the person who has just gotten the
training bill from the Big Name Trainer...
The fine art of brushing the dirt from one's horse and applying
it to your own body.
Heavy, stationary objects used at horse shows to hold down lawn
chairs and show bills. (see pit crews)
A green itchy material that collects between layers of clothing,
especially in unmentionable places.
A reluctance to use the public restrooms at any horse event.
Always applies to pit toilets.
A blonde-haired woman who wears fashion boots while working in
The act of unloading a truck full of hay.
Describes the walking gait of a horse owner after his/her foot
has been stepped on by his/her horse.
The financial condition that a horse owner goes into.
Useful, curbed metal tool utilized to remove hardened dog doo
from the treads of your tennis shoes.
Expensive movable urinal for horses. (and occasionally riders)
Expensive semi-circular projectiles that horses like to throw.
The breeding results of broken/inadequate pasture fencing.
The characteristic movement that an equine makes when given a
vaccine or has his hooves trimmed.
The condition of most riders after the first few rides each year;
can be a chronic condition in weekend riders.
A long apparatus instrumental in the administration of rope
burns. Also used by excited horses to take a handler for a drag.
A training method a horse uses on its owner with the purpose
making the owner spin in circles-rendering the owner dizzy and
light-headed so that they get sick and pass out, so the horse can
go back to grazing.
Radar equipped blood sucking insects that typically reach the
size of small birds.
The type of horse your husband would gladly trade your favorite
one for...preferably in a red convertible and V-8.
A descriptive term used to explain the condition your credit
cards are in by the end of endurance/show season.
Small children (no flames please) that get in your way when you
work in the barn. Many gather in swarms at horse shows.
A colorful (usually green) coat pattern found on a freshly washed
and sparkling clean grey horse that was left unattended in his
stall for ten minutes.
Absolutely indispensable people occasionally noted for their
ability to get lost, be in the way, eat all the food, or be
sleeping in the camper when you finish a 100 mile ride.
The true size of the stallion that you bred your mare to via
transported semen-that was advertised as 15 hands tall.
The external reproductive organs flaunted by a stallion when a
horse of any gender is present. Often displayed in halter
The comments that most Arabian owners make about the people who own Quarter Horses.
A term trainers have commonly used to refer to their clients who
come to their senses and pull horses out of their barns.
What your heart does when you see the vet bill.
An abrasive, long, flat metal tool used to remove excess skin
from the knuckles.
Break-away leather device used to tie horses with.
Spectators who block your view and gather around the rail sides
at horse shows.
A condition caused by Sleeping Sickness (see below). The state of
deep sleep a mare owner will be in at the time a mare actually
goes into labor and foals.
An expensive leather contraption manufactured to give the rider a
false sense of security. Comes in many styles, all feature
built-in ejector seats.
The way the rider's bottom feels the morning after an endurance
A disease peculiar to mare owners while waiting for their mares
to foal. Caused by nights of lost sleep, symptoms include
irritability, red baggy eyes and a zombie-like waking state. Can
last several weeks.
An apparatus that can be applied to various body parts of a rider
due to the parting of the ways of a horse and his passenger.
What your truck does on the way to am endurance ride, 150 miles
from the closest town.
A room where every item necessary to work with or train your
horse has been put, in a place which it cannot be found in less
than 30 minutes.
The feeling deep inside that most riders get before the endurance
an owners ability to shovel manure, fix fences and chase down a
loose horse in one afternoon.
An illustrated brochure provided to stable owners that features a
wide array of products that are currently out of stock or have
been dropped from a company's inventory.
The movement a horse trailer makes while going down the road with
a rambunctious horse in it.
The tell-tale raised welts on the face of a rider-caused by the
trail rider directly in front of you letting a low hanging ranch
go. (Also caused by a wet or dry horse tail across the face while
Stallion owners. Also applied to used car salesmen.
The reason you'll seldom see a man riding bareback.
the age at which all horses completely forget the things you
taught them previously.
A general term used for all equines old enough to bite, kick or
run you over, but not yet old enough to dump you on the ground.
The typical atmosphere around most horse owner s houses before a
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