On the day that the Plymouth Herald described a horse in one of its stories as "brown with red shin pads", we thought we'd round up some more entertaining translations of equestrian terms
We may take for granted the wide range of equestrian terms we have become familiar with over the years. Therefore, it isn’t surprising when someone completely non-horsey conjures up their own term for equestrian activities and equipment.
However, on reflection perhaps their interpretation of horsey terms isn’t silly after all — they do exactly what they say on the tin (well more or less). Here’s some examples…
1. Brushing boots
Used to protect a horse’s legs during exercise, protecting the lower leg from injury.
Translated to: shin pads
A type of wrap used on the lower legs of a horse.
Translated to: leg warmers/socks
Headgear placed around the head of a horse that holds the bit in place in a horse’s mouth, including reins, used to direct and guide the animal or a device placed on the head of an equine for the primary purpose of leading or tying the animal.
Translated to: hats
4. Anti-rub vest
A piece of clothing worn by the horse to prevent hair removal as a result of a rug rubbing their shoulders.
Translated to: horse bra
Trimming the hair short on all or part of a horse, particularly during the winter so that a horse can exercise without getting too warm as a result of its winter coat.
Translated to: shaving
6. Cooler rug
A thin blanket, sometimes with many small holes in it to help a horse gradually return to its natural temperature after exercise.
Translated to: string vest
An endurance test requiring the horse to jump solid obstables.
Translated to: the fast bit
An equine sport based on classical principles of horsemanship, involving taking tests designed to gauge the training level of horses.
Translated to: the dancing test
Long hair on the fetlocks of horses.
Translated to: horse trousers
10. Field shelter
A structure with one open side and a roof, often made of wood, located in the field which a horse can stand in to avoid wind and/or rain.
Translated to: cabin
11. Fly mask
A piece of headgear worn by the horse to prevent flies disrupting them.
Translated to: blindfold/helmet
Wide, flat strap used to secure the saddle to the horse.
Translated to: belt
13. Hands (hh)
A measurement of the height of a horse (one hand is equal to four inches).
Translated to: 13.7hh/16.5hh and so on
A vessel in which hay is stuffed for horses to eat from.
Translated to: hay bag/straw bag
Full-length trousers worn for horse riding, which are close-fitting below the knee and have reinforced patches on the inside of the leg.
Translated to: jodpoppers/yompers
An extra round in a showjumping competition when two or more horses are equal first, the fastest round deciding the winner.
Translated to: the show-off
17. Lycra hood
A piece of equipment the horse wears used to keep their neck and head clean.
Translated to: balaclava
A piece of tack that is used on horses to control head carriage.
Translated to: horse necklace
A saddle pad used beneath the saddle to protect the horse’s back.
Translated to: numnum, mumrah
An item of horse tack, used to direct a horse or other animal used for riding or driving.
Translated to: handles
21. Rubber overreach boots
A type of protective boot worn on the lower limb of a horse to protect the bottom of their legs and hooves.
Translated to: flip flops
A blanket intended for keeping a horse warm or otherwise protected from wind and the elements.
Translated to: coat/horse jacket/hoodie/mac
A device placed on the back of a horse where the rider sits.
Translated to: seat
The competitive sport of riding horses over a course of fences and other obstacles in an arena, with penalty points for errors.
Translated to: the high jump
25. Stable rug
A blanket used to keep the horse warm in the stable.
Translated to: pyjamas
Paired small light frames or rings for receiving the foot of a rider, attached to the saddle by a strap, called a stirrup leather. Used to aid in mounting and as a support while riding.
Translated to: pedals/foot pegs
27. Travel boots
A type of boot used on the lower legs of a horse to protect the animal while travelling.
Translated to: Ugg boots/wellies
28. Working trot
The natural trot of the horse when under saddle. It is a gait between the collected trot and medium trot.
Translated to: walking trot