The Horse's Body

For most parts of a horse’s body, it is usually not sufficient to refer to, for example, its leg or head – there are many more specialised words which refer to particular bones, joints and even tendons, which are all commonly used in paddocks around the country.

Read more...
 
Horsey Associations

ABRS

Association of British Riding Schools.

BHS

British Horse Society.

BRC

British Riding Clubs.

Read more...
 
Paces or Gaits of the Horse

A horse has four paces - walk, trot, canter, and gallop.

Walk

The horse moves in a four-time gait with each leg moving in turn.

Read more...
 
Rider Equipment

Hat

A must for safety

Jodhpurs

Trousers used for riding

Body protector

A padded vest worn to protect the rider from injuries

Read more...
 
General Horsey Terms!

Manège

A fenced area for riding.

Indoor arena / Indoor school

An indoor area for riding.

Muck out

The term used for cleaning a horses stable.

Read more...
 
Horse Equipment

Tack

The things the horse or pony wears.

Tack up

To tack up is to get the horse ready to be ridden, by putting on the bridle and saddle (The bridle is for steering and the saddle is to sit on!)

Bridle

The thing that goes on the horse’s head to help control and steer him.

Read more...
 
Places to Ride

Riding School / Equine Centre

A stables that provides riding lessons and opportunities for people to hire out horses and ponies to ride.

Riding club

A group of riders who get together to ride, compete against other clubs, and participate in horse-related activities such as visiting horse shows

Read more...
 
Things you can do on a Horse

Vaulting

Gymnastics on the back of a moving horse which is worked on a circle under the control of a lunger

Dressage

Sometimes referred to as horse ballet, dressage develops a horse's natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, through standardised progressive training, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse

Read more...