Tramp stamp (n.): an emblem branded onto a horse’s hindquarters signifying breed registry approval.
Sentence, please: “I heard that if your horse has a tramp stamp, dressage judges will subconsciously score it higher.”
Origin: Once used to designate a horse’s breeding and origin, branding is now banned in several European countries including Germany, Denmark, Scotland and the Netherlands. However, it is still a common practice in the United States, employed by breed snobs who wish to indicate that their horse is better and more expensive than yours. Saddle pads, blankets, ear bonnets, polo wraps, clothing, bumper stickers, coffee mugs and beer cozies emblazoned with a particular tramp stamp logo are popular among this demographic.
Pop Quiz! How well do you know your tramp stamps?
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7. Danish Warmblood
8. Swedish Warmblood
9. New Zealand Warmblood
10. Dutch Warmblood
11. Hungarian Warmblood
13. American Warmblood Society
14. Selle Francais
15. Bavarian Warmblood
16. Belgium Warmblood
17. Saxony Warmblood
18. Württemberger Warmblood
19. Australian Warmblood
21. British Warmblood
22. Canadian Warmblood
24. Irish Sport Horse
HOW DID YOU SCORE?
15-25 correct answers: Pat yourself on the back and pour yourself a glass of vintage chardonnay–you’re a true breed snob.
5-15 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.
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