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post #1 of 8 Old 03-05-2020, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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New word: "Wony"

I learned something new today: A portmanteau is a word that is formed by combining two different terms to create a new entity.

My portmanteau is the word "Wony." "Wony" is a combination of "Pony" and "won't" and is defined (by me) as "An action taken by a pony when he or she really does not want to do what he or she is being asked to do." Common wonies include crow hopping, ducking in/out, tiny rears, etc. You could call it an evasion, but "wony" is much more fun.

Anyone else have any funny horse words or phrases they have made up or heard?

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-05-2020, 03:20 PM
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I referred to one horse I rode as having a "shan't-er." She would fake you out by rolling her shoulders in a canter-like motion... while staying in trot.
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The poptart: based off of one horse in the barn but has become a name in my group for any horse that routinely over jumps.

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post #4 of 8 Old 03-05-2020, 07:45 PM
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Pantering-pacing on the front and cantering on the hinds, also Trantering--trotting on the front and cantering on the hinds (or vice versa) I didnt make those up myself, have heard them at clinics and it made sense for how the horse looked.

How about 'Fidgetounting" for a horse that won't stay still for mounting?

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Trantering! Is that actually a thing? Because there is a horse at my barn that does that. Makes me nuts to watch him.

I like "Fidgetounting" but since you brought it up, I would also suggest "moonting" (mounting plus scooting). Or maybe "scoonting".
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-05-2020, 10:02 PM
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We use Wog for when the horse is walking before and trotting behind and Trope for when he's trotting in front and loping behind (or vice versa).

And I'm not sure this qualifies as a portmanteau because I'm not sure what 2 words were put together but it really describes a trainwreck of a horse: Collywobbled as in, That horse's conformation is a Collywobbled mess!".
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Today, on our way to carriage driving club, my boyfriend and I were discussing geese. Then when we got to the stable - geese still on my mind - I asked "Which heese are we driving today?" It took me a minute to figure out why that didn't sound quite right.
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-05-2020, 10:26 PM
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Two that I use:

Canta-pace: something gaited horses do when you ask for a canter, but they are cantering in front and pacing behind.

Not horse related, but

Strout: Trout caught out of a stream.
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