Your new to the horse world and some of the words you hear around the stable make you stop and wonder what are they talking about! Your first step into your horse world journey is to know the terms and what they mean.
Mare - Adult female horse (3 years and older)
Gelding - Castrated adult male horse (3 years and older)
Stallion - Uncastrated adult male horse (3 years and older)
Pony - A full-grown small horse (14.2 hands and under)
Foal - A newborn baby horse (before weaning)
Weanling - A colt or filly who is 6 to 12 months old
Yearling - A horse who is between 1 and 2 years old
Colt - Male Horse (3 years old and under)
Filly - Female Horse (3 years old and under)
The Horse's Body:
Conformation - The shape of a horse's body. A horse with good conformation is stronger and more likely to stay sound than one with weak conformation. Judging a horse's conformation you take things into consideration like the length of their back, angles of their legs and hooves.
Hand - Yea Yea horse's have hooves not hands! Did you know that we measure horse's in hands to tell how tall a horse is one hand is equal to four inches.
Lame - Nope we are not talking about popularity here! We are telling you your horse is sore. If your horse is "lame" it has an injury that is causing your horse to walk with a limp.
Sound - Check Check 1,2,3 Can you hear me??? Just joking! A sound horse does not have any injuries that would interfere with the gate and movement of the horse.
Points - This word is used when describing the color of a horse. The "points" of a horse are his mane, tail, lower legs and tips of his ears.
Gait - The different speeds a horse can travel walk, jog, lope & gallop.
Hello, My name is Shelby Gatti and I am the owner of Shelby Ranch. I love being able to share my passion of animals with you and your family. At Shelby Ranch you can expect a ton of family adventure from horseback riding to mechanical bull riding, axe throwing and even an archery course.