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  • horse lingo pet peeves

    ok, it's the tuesday after a holiday, it's soggy outside and i'm just in a snarkass mood. here are my personal favorites.

    "colt" - being used as a term to describe any young horse.

    "rescue" - being used to describe any horse/pony purchased from an auction, or less than ideal accomodations.

    "sound for trailrides" - being used to describe any horse with soundness issues - they have so not been on the trails around my farm.

    "16+ hands" - for a horse that is not over 15.2, i'm not sure with what rule some folks measure horses...

    so what commonly misused horse termonology makes you groan?
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  • #2
    "Brother/sister to" when the person means "by the same sire as"

    And I can confirm that my horse has excellent conformation, but if you can conform that your horse has been confirmed, you have too much blood in your caffiene stream.
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    • #3
      I agree w/colt being used to describe any young horse. Thats always kinda bugged me.

      I also like "Requires advanced rider"-meaning you'll be able to get one foot in the irons before the damn thing takes off.
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      • #4
        "Very quiet horse, suitable for any rider" means, you couldn't get the darn thing to move if you lit a firecracker under its tail. Or, conversely, it means, everything is OK unless you ask it to actually do something!

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        • #5
          I think my all time "favorite" is:

          "Bold over fences" which we all know is really Freeking insane

          Another

          "Out Of" when referring to Sire

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          • #6
            Originally posted by galwaybay View Post
            I think my all time "favorite" is:

            "Bold over fences" which we all know is really Freeking insane

            Another

            "Out Of" when referring to Sire
            OUt of the SIRE really gets me..... ANOTHER THING that I HATE is when someone refers to their PUREBRED dog as a thoroughbred! UGH!

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            • #7
              I hate when people say "it's ok, it's a long way from his heart" when describing a cut or injury. Right, my horse's hind suspensory is a long way from his heart too and that didn't do me much good when he injured it!

              I am a hypocrite because I catch myself saying this, but I cringe when I do because it sounds so ridiculous... "Just turn him out and let him be a horse," as opposed to what, a motorcycle?
              If I wanted to hear the pitter-patter of little feet, I'd put shoes on my cats.

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              • #8
                Oh the thoroughbred stuff....LOL!

                "What kind of horse do you have?"

                "A thoroughbred."

                "What kind?"

                "Um, that IS the breed."

                "I know, but what kind of thoroughbred? An Arabian?"

                Geez. Another pet peeve, "Yeah the other day I saw a horse that was 16.5 hands tall!!!" Really, 16.5 hands you say? My, that is big!
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                  #9
                  thought of another one

                  "broodmare prospect" - when used to describe any mare with a functioning uterus, regardless of breeding, temperment, or congenital soundness issues - conformity, navicular, etc.
                  * trying hard to be the person that my horses think i am

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                  • #10
                    Colt for young stock doesn't bother me...in much older times (think centuries) kolten (sp) referred to all young livestock with a modifier added to describe the gender and type of livestock and even earlier referred to young children. Eventually, the word was applied to horses exclusively; the use of foal, colt and filly is relatively new, and around here, not that many years ago, horse colt or filly colt was in common usage; for what it's worth, most of the people in this area are of northern European extraction, where the kolt spelling originated.

                    What really irks me (as I see it does others) is 'My horse is a sibling to Super Speed Bomb; they are both sired by Super Duper Speedy'. Was actually talking to an older resident here who used to mess with registered cattle, and those people get ticked too about animals listed as half-siblings because they share a sire.

                    The term stud being used in reference to a stallion also bothers me. I am old, and an uncastrated male horse is simply a horse or an entire until he is used for breeding, and then and only then does he become a stallion; when issue is on the ground, he becomes a sire. Stud is a farm specifically for breeding livestock, specifically horses and cattle. Or a stud is a hunky man....LOL
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                    • #11
                      gates for gaits. all the grotesque mis-spellings of the current illiterate generation.

                      warmblood for any mutt someone is trying to peddle.

                      out of the stallion. that would be hard.

                      tight behind. lamer than sh**.

                      all time favorite: handy behind. means kicks like a devil.

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                      • #12
                        I'm constantly amazed at the sheer amount of "previously abused" horses that are out there. Seems everyone who's even a tad bit nervous around an assertive or spooky horse deems it "previously abused."
                        Yes...I do agree there are way too many previously abused horses. However I don;t think every horse was abused at some point in it's life as a way of explaining away bad manners trainers or owners cannot train out.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sk_pacer View Post
                          Colt for young stock doesn't bother me...in much older times (think centuries) kolten (sp) referred to all young livestock with a modifier added to describe the gender and type of livestock and even earlier referred to young children. Eventually, the word was applied to horses exclusively; the use of foal, colt and filly is relatively new, and around here, not that many years ago, horse colt or filly colt was in common usage; for what it's worth, most of the people in this area are of northern European extraction, where the kolt spelling originated.
                          Wow! That's cool to know. You just gave me an idea for a new thread.

                          What REALLY bugs me is how everyone in my neck of the woods thinks every pony is a POA. I don't know WHERE they get this. Here is an actual conversation I had with actual horse people who actually win money on their big fancy barrel horses but apparently don't know what constitutes a pony:

                          (In regards to a new buckskin pony with questionable breeding that was purchased for a child - they had called me to come and see the new POA).

                          Me: Awww, she's cute! Do we know what she is?

                          Barrel Racer: She's a POA.

                          ME (looking for spots or any sign of any appy/POA on this pony): Really? A POA?

                          BR: Yeah, a POA horse pony.

                          Me: A horse pony?

                          BR: yeah, her parents are full sized Quarter horses, she just never grew.

                          Me: Oh.

                          Please keep in mind that there is absolutely NO WAY IN HE!! this pony has QH parents. She *might* be 12.3 on a good day and looks suspiciously like a shetland mixed with who knows what else. But there is NO appy, POA, or QH in this pony. THIS DRIVES ME NUTS!
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                          • #14
                            I have to say my biggest pet peeve is when you ask somebody waht breed their horse is and they say Pinto, or Palomino.

                            I just want to scream, "hey dumb a$$, that's a color not a breed", and when you try to point it out they say "but he's registered". Duh, it's a color registry, not a breed registry.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Wild Oaks Farm View Post


                              Me: A horse pony?
                              Hey!! I have a horse pony!!! His Royal Fussiness is 14.1 on a tall day in shoes!!! He really IS a horse, a Standardbred, and has papers and DNA typing to prove it, but he is still a horse pony. I also met a couple other pony-sized Standardbreds. The long gone Andys Forgotten was a whopping 13.1,Cita Time was 13.3 and Helen Javelon was about 14, maybe 14.1.
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                              • #16
                                I get really bugged about folks spelling Thoroughbred with a small 't' instead of a capital 'T' !!!!!

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                                • #17
                                  American Warmblood. ??????
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by jacksmom View Post
                                    "broodmare prospect" - when used to describe any mare with a functioning uterus, regardless of breeding, temperment, or congenital soundness issues - conformity, navicular, etc.
                                    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! OMIGAWD, that makes me absolutely homicidal!

                                    "Oh, she's a chronic founder case, so we've decided to make her a broodmare", or, "She's an evil, crazed witch unless she's in foal, so she's a broodmare", or yet again, "She's really not conformationally correct enough for the show ring, so we're going to breed her."
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by alysheba View Post
                                      I agree w/colt being used to describe any young horse. Thats always kinda bugged me.
                                      Especially when one goes to see a colt for a stallion prospect with ones friend, only to purchase said colt and take it home to discover a testicularily challenged unstallion.
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                                      • #20
                                        Yes, and draft crosses are NOT warmbloods.
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