The Horse Term Translator
We’ve all been there. Chatting blissfully about something horse related when a non-horse person gives you a look that says “what did you just say?” My most recent experience with this was a Facebook status about cutting, to which a witty friend replied, “you sound emo.”
There are some horse terms that really should come with a dictionary. Here are a few that just may confuse the non-equine lover…
Body Clipping: the art of applying horse hair to your own body
Cutting: a roller coaster with no seat belt
A little green: sit down and hold on
Roping: seeing how coordinated you really are
Head shy: how badly do you want to keep your shoulders in their sockets?
Hands: a unit of measurement commonly over-exaggerated, especially when selling a horse
Banding: how many rubber bands can you fit on one mane?
Braiding: how quickly you can move your fingers on a horse that doesn’t want to stand still, while balancing on a stool?
Farrier: eye candy
Pleasure Class: appearing to go round and round the arena in circles, while really doing 50 things at once.
Dressage: dancing with your horse
Jumpers: get out of your saddle and hang on
Grabbing mane/saddle horn: the art to hanging on
Equine major: wearing your boots to every class on campus. And the computer lab. And Walmart…
Cow sense: combine a Rottweiler, roller coaster and laser targeting system
Horse sense: something your horse usually has more of
Fresh/squirrel-y/feel-y: I hope you had your coffee and Wheaties this morning…
Western saddle: the cowboy one
English saddle: the one they jump in at the Olympics (Not totally correct, I know. But give these people a little leeway…)
Halter horse: a shark in a silver halter
Pony: not a baby horse: usually the naughtiest thing you can imagine
Draft: something akin to the Budweiser commercials
Crow hop: something that your horse hopefully does while the judge’s back is turned
Groceries: when weight gained is measured in hundreds of pounds, and is a good thing. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Equestrian: a lifestyle
Let us know of any we may have missed…:)