Brushing boots? No, they’re shin pads… and 27 other funny descriptions of horsey items from the uninitiated

  • 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

    2. Bandages

    A type of wrap used on the lower legs of a horse.
    Translated to: leg warmers/socks

    3. Bridles/headcollars

    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

    5. Clipping

    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

    7. Cross-country

    An endurance test requiring the horse to jump solid obstables.
    Translated to: the fast bit

    8. Dressage

    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

    9. Feathers

    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

    12. Girth

    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

    14. Haynet

    A vessel in which hay is stuffed for horses to eat from.
    Translated to: hay bag/straw bag

    15. Jodhpurs

    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

    16. Jump-off

    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

    18. Martingale

    A piece of tack that is used on horses to control head carriage.
    Translated to: horse necklace

    19. Numnah

    A saddle pad used beneath the saddle to protect the horse’s back.
    Translated to: numnum, mumrah

    20. Reins

    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

    22. Rug

    A blanket intended for keeping a horse warm or otherwise protected from wind and the elements.
    Translated to: coat/horse jacket/hoodie/mac

    23. Saddle

    A device placed on the back of a horse where the rider sits.
    Translated to: seat

    24. Showjumping

    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

    26. Stirrups

    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

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