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post #1 of 8 Old 03-27-2014, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Terms to describe a barrel horse

So I've heard several, and I get the meaning.

What are some terms that are used around your area?

I hear often the terms:

Jam up

and most recently "salty". What the heck is a salty horse!?
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-27-2014, 03:01 AM
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Not sure about salty but one I hear a lot is "ratey" (sp?)

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I've heard:

Hot, hyped, jumpy. Most people out here just say the horse is hot.
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Gritty usually means they'll run in about any ground. Jam Up, just a fancy term to say a nice barrel horse. Ratey means the horse has to be pushed, they look for the barrels and rate very easily.

The others I've never heard.
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Gritty and scrappy mean the same thing to me. That the horse is able to handle trashy rodeo ground.

I've heard the term "jam up". Kinda of a silly term in my mind because you don't hear it anywhere else. Ditto to barrelracer23.

Salty .... that one I've not heard of.

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I've heard salty so much around here and have no clue what it means!
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Salty is a new slang phrase. I'm in high school and people use it a lot, but its so new that there's some confusion as to whether it means really awesome or really horrible. For example, "That was one salty baseball game yesterday." We use it as a positive connotation.
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The only time I've heard people use the word "salty" to describe a horse was in a negative way. Mainly used to describe a horse with an ill or stubborn attitude.

When I first got my mare a buddy of mine hopped on her. She bucked a few times and then he commented "Well she's feeling salty today, isn't she?"

That's the only way I've ever heard it used, but I'm sure it can differ in meaning.
Glad to read this thread, I had never heard of "Jam-up" before:)

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