You're new to the horse world, and some of the words that you hear around the stable make you stop and wonder what people are 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 hh 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 and under)
Filly - Female horse (3 years 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. When judging a horse's conformation, you take into consideration features like the length of their back and the angles of their legs and hooves.
Hand - Yeah, you're right, horses have hooves, not hands! Did you know that we use hands to indicate how tall a horse is? One hand is equivalent to 4 inches.
Lame - Nope, we are not talking about popularity here! We are telling you that your horse is sore. If your horse is "lame," it has an injury that is causing it 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 its gait and movement.
Points - This word is used when describing the color of a horse. His "points" are his mane, tail, and lower legs, and the tips of his ears.
Gait - The different speeds that a horse can travel: walking, jogging, loping, and galloping.
Hello, My name is Shelby Gatti, and I am the owner of Shelby Ranch. I love being able to share my passion for 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.