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Glossary of Equine Terms

Aids

The means by which the rider communicates to the horse his intentions.

Cast

When a horse is stuck usually in his stable and unable to get up

Crest

The upper line of a horses neck (See points of horse)

Croup

The upper line of a horses quarters (See points of horse)

Dock

The bone of the tail

Fetlock

The joint in between the pastern and canon

Frog

The part of the foot that comes into contact with the floor

Manege

A usually enclosed sandy area that is used for riding

Pastern

The area of the leg in between the fetlock and the hoof

Poll

The top of the head in between the ears

Stifle

The large joint at the top towards the front of the hind leg

Vice

A habit a horse has learnt usually from boredom

Withers

The part of the horse where the neck ends (See points of Horse)

Xenophon

A Greek cavalry officer and historian. he achieved fame among horseman for his essays on Horsemanship

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