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    09-20-2010, 06:37 PM
Green Broke

There was already a thread for something like this, but I thought that maybe we all could post personal terms and definitions for some of the lingo that many horse people use. I'll start.

Nutcracker- a horse with high withers that makes riding bareback painful.

Beast- usually means a large or powerful looking or moving horse. For example, "Did you see (insert horse name here)? She/he was a beast today."
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    09-20-2010, 06:42 PM
I will often use the term "squirrely" to describe a horse that is touchy and over-reactive.
    09-20-2010, 06:53 PM
Green Broke
Hack- trot and gallop sets designed to build endurance and strength

Trotting out- letting the horse bring his neck low and lengthen his stride at the trot

Saucy- a horse (usually a mare!) feeling particularly frisky. Ex: "Ginisee is acting very saucy today!"
    09-20-2010, 07:00 PM
Gelding - when a horse (typically a gelding) acts like a middle school boy in maturity and intelligence. Ex: "Joey, quit peeing on your hay! He is such a gelding."

Heart stopper - that horse that always manages to scare you so much your heart skips a beat, but never does anything
    09-22-2010, 12:00 PM
Trotalope - That weird, half-trot-half-canter thing that horses do when they haven't learned how to transition.

Piggy - (Usually a gelding) A horse that's particularly messy in his stall, likes to roll in the ONE muddy spot in the pasture, even though there's plenty of clean grass to choose from, and yarks down his food like he hasn't been fed in a week. (This would be Norman. If you saw him eat, you'd think I starve him. Well, until you see his chubby little tummy).

Mare moment - When a horse is being a snot and acting like a mare in heat. Victor has plenty of those, especially when we try to do trot poles or cross rails.
    09-22-2010, 12:33 PM
Brain surgery - Commonly referred to as gelding. As in, we're doing brain surgery on that 2 y/o colt today. That should calm him down.
    09-22-2010, 05:47 PM
Green Broke
Numnuts (could also be spelled Numbnuts)- Usually a colt who had been gelded in the last year or two.
    09-22-2010, 06:01 PM
Green Broke
Rushy- a horse who is going at a faster pace than necessary
    09-24-2010, 01:10 AM
Turned Out - Well presented
Maring - A mare in season
Going Horsing - Doing something with horses on the weekend. Eg, competing.
Getting the chop - The act of gelding a stallion/colt
Hack - A horse that is 15.2hh+. Usually used to determine classes for showing

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