Awesome Things You Can Learn From Studying Horse Terms.

Things You Can Learn From Studying Horse Terms.

hi today's we've got something a little different for you again we're going to actually be going over some common but weird horse terminology so I realized as talking to some of my friends who are pretty much brand new to the horse world that those of us that have been around horses for a long time have almost this like second language that we use to describe things with our horses or things that we do in riding and for those of you that might be a little bit newer kind of coming into this community some of this lingo that we can use sounds a little bit bizarre so what I'm going to do today is just go over some of the most common terms that I find that I get questions on as I use them and I'm going to explain a little bit what they mean first we're going to start with some words that refer to the horse to the type of the horse or the horse's behavior our first term is sound or unsound so a sound horse is one that's moving comfortably with no lameness and an unsound horse is one that has some lameness and it's noticeable in the way that he's moving green broke so when we talk about a green horse we're obviously not referring to his color but we're referring to his level of training and a horse that is green or that his green broke basically means that he's an inexperienced horse most commonly he's also young but he could be older and just be lacking training hot so when we talk about a hot horse we are referring to his temperament so if a horse is hot it means that he's probably very reactive and very excitable which often makes him a little bit more difficult to ride barns our a barn Sauer horse is one that wants to go back to the barn so it might be that he acts up when he's in the arena it might be that he acts up on the trail but he's wanting to go back to the barn and we call that barns our buddy sour just like our last term a horse that is buddy sour wants to be with his friends he wants to be with the other horses and he's got to probably act up when he's away from them action so when we're talking about action it's usually used in the context of the way that the horse moves so that 

horse has a lot of front end action that horse has a lot of hind end action what this means is that he's got it refers to the movement of the horse so action refers to the movement and if we say a horse has a lot of action means that he's got a lot of movement he's probably got movement that's kind of above normal levels bomb-proof if we refer to a bomb-proof horse we're talking about one that is pretty much unflappable so he's not very reactive to things he stays very calm and exciting situations or environments don't affect the bomb-proof horse broke if we say that a horse is broke or he's a well broke horse basically means that he's got a higher level of training and he's probably pretty easy to ride so he doesn't react to a lot of things he knows his basic cues and his signals under saddle that's what we call Brook horse easy or hard keepers if we say that a horse is an easy keeper it means that he doesn't weight if we say that horse is a hard keeper it maintenance to maintain the correct body weight in this next section we're going to talk about just a few terms that relate to riding changing the rein if you are in a lesson and your instructor tells you to change your rein this basically just means change direction and go the other way put your leg on so this is a common phrase that we use when we're riding or that especially that us riding instructors tell our students but it can be a little bit vague if you don't quite understand the feeling of it so when we say put your leg on it basically means squeeze the horse or apply pressure with your legs on the bit so this term also sounds a little bit funny but on the bit refers to a horse that understands contact with the reins has a nice roundness through his body is soft in the in the bridle and in the riders hands and is moving nicely and correctly ahead of the leg or behind the leg so these two phrases are talking about a horse that is either basically going too forward or going too slow so a horse that is ahead of a rider's leg is probably over sensitive to the pressure from the riders leg and is likely moving too quickly a horse that is behind the leg is not responding to the cues from the riders leg and it's probably going a little too slow not enough energy aides when we refer to the aides to like the riders aides we're talking about the ways that a rider is cueing the horse so for example we have the rein aides cues that we give with the reins we have the see aids so cues that we give with our seat in the saddle we have legs and then we might also have aides from a whip or aides with something else like a spur in our final section we're going to cover just a few terms that relate to the equipment that we use tack so this is a pretty common one but if you're branded horses might sound a little funny but tack basically just sums up all the things that we use to ride a horse so if we're tacking up just means we're saddling and bridling the horse to get ready for riding flakes of hay so when we refer to a flake of hay we're not actually referring to a single flake but when hay is bailed it is compacted into smaller sections within the larger bail usually those smaller sections are about 1/10 of a bale for a common size small bail and each of those sections is referred to as a flake cavaletti so cavaletti is basically a fancy term for poles on the ground that we have the horse step over for different training exercises I hope you enjoyed this of common horse-riding and equipment terms if you have any others to add to the list go ahead and put them in the comments below and the best comments and if you have any questions those are best answered at training blog com you can go there now and we've got tons of other free videos for you on all kinds of writing and training topics thanks for watching I'll see you in the comments

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