Tramp stamp (n.): an emblem branded onto a horse’s hindquarters signifying breed registry approval.
Sentence, please: “Since Kaitlyn body-clipped Esprit, you can kind of see his tramp stamp.”
Origin: Invented by breed snobs to indicate that their horse is better and more expensive than yours. Later capitalized upon by breed organizations to sell saddle pads, blankets, ear bonnets, polo wraps, clothing, bumper stickers, coffee mugs and beer cozies emblazoned with a particular tramp stamp logo.
Pop Quiz! How well do you know your sport horses?
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7. Danish Warmblood
8. Swedish Warmblood
9. Morgan Sporthorse
10. Dutch Warmblood
11. Hungarian Warmblood
13. American Warmblood Society
14. Selle Francais
15. American Bavarian
HOW DID YOU SCORE?
10-15 correct answers: Pat yourself on the back and pour yourself a glass of chardonnay–you’re a true breed snob. Good luck at your next dressage show!
5-10 correct answers: You know just enough about warmblood breeding to be dangerous, but in general you’re more interested in a horse’s performance than its pedigree.
0-5 correct answers: You could care less whether a horse came from Craigslist or just got off the boat from Germany. Does it whinny and have four legs? Good enough.