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Glossary of Terms

  1. Above the Bit

    A horse is above the bit when the horse evades the riders aids by raising his head above the level of the rider’s hands. Being above … READ MORE »

  2. Action

    Action refers to the movement of the horse’s legs, such as running, trotting, competing, etc. Viewing a horse in action is helpful to anyone interested in … READ MORE »

  3. Aged

    A horse is concered aged when he is more than seven years old. The average lifespan of a horse is 20 to 25 years, although many … READ MORE »

  4. Aids

    Aids are signals or cues by which the rider communicates his wishes to the horse. Aids may be natural aids or articial aids. Natural aids include … READ MORE »

  5. Airs Above the Ground

    Airs above the ground refer to classical high school dressage movements. Airs above the ground are performed by highly trained horses, where either the front legs … READ MORE »

  6. Akhal-Teke

    The Akhal-Teke is an ancient horse breen from Turkmenistan, north of Iran and east of the Caspian Sea. The Akhal-Teke horse is known for speed and … READ MORE »

  7. Albino horse breed

    An albino horse refers to a horse with a rare genetic condition that results in the horse a lack of pigment. However, new studies show that … READ MORE »

  8. Amble

    An amble is a type of gait of a horse means to go at a slow, easy pace. The amble type of gait is a slower … READ MORE »

  9. Andalusian horse breed

    The Andalusian horse breed is an elegant breed of horse originating in the Iberian Peninsula. Known in Portugal as the Lusitano, the Andalusian horse breed and … READ MORE »

  10. Anhidrosis

    Anhidrosis is a condition in which the horse has a limited ability to sweat. Anhidrosis, or dry coat, varies by horse, randing from a mild or … READ MORE »

  11. Anthelmintics

    Anthelmintics is a name given to the various deworming medications used to control equine internal parasites.

  12. Appaloosa horse breed

    An Appaloosa horse breed is a spotted horse breed originating in the land of the Nez Perce Indians (northwestern United States). As compared to a Paint … READ MORE »

  13. Appendix

    Appendix refers to a horse registered in the appendix of the American Quarter Horse Registry. An appendix American Quarter Horse is a first generation cross between … READ MORE »

  14. Ascarids

    Ascarids are intestinal worms typically found in foals. Ascarids, also known as roundworms, may cause weight loss, diarrhea and/or colic. Immunity to Ascarids develops with maturity.

  15. Artificial Aids

    Artificial aids are mechanical means by which the rider conveys his wishes to the horse. Artificial aids include whips and spurs, which may be used to … READ MORE »

  16. At Grass

    At grass refers to a horse that has been turned out in a paddock or field. Turning your horse out to grass should be done gradually, … READ MORE »

  17. Arabian Horse Breed

    The Arabian, or Arab horse, breed is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabian horse breed is the oldest pure breed … READ MORE »

  18. Azoturia

    Azoturia, or ‘tying up,’ is a condition in which the horse experiences prolonged muscle contractions during exercise. Azoturia causes painful muscle spasms which result in a … READ MORE »

  19. Azteca Horse Breed

    The Azteca horse breed is a relatively new breed of horse, developed in Mexico by crossing Andalusian horses, Criollos horses and Quarter Horses. The Azteca horse … READ MORE »

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