The Idea of Order: Equine Vocabulary Words

As defined by your horse.

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This past weekend, while at another show, we all spent some time discussing just how insane some of the things we ask of our horses must seem to them. This of course led to many amusing comments (and some inappropriate ones–in the future look for a comic on “The Worst Equine Pick up Lines”) and generated a list of horse vocabulary words similar to the one above. Hopefully you’re as amused as we were (though that’s admittedly going to be tough since we may have been sipping some wine while also using awkward voices and imitating what we thought our horses were thinking).


Go Riding!

Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 32-year-old teacher/artist/dressage trainer/show announcer/ who still hasn’t quite decided what she wants to be when she grows up. A native Floridian, she now lives in Reno, NV, where she’s been able to confirm her suspicion that snow is utterly worthless. Though she has run the gamut of equestrian disciplines, her favorite is dressage. She was recently able to complete her USDF bronze and silver medals and is currently working on her gold. Generally speaking her life is largely ruled by Woody, a 14.2 hand beastly quarter horse, Willie, a now beastly 5-year-old Dutch gelding, and Stormy, her friend’s nearly all white paint gelding with a penchant for finding every mud hole and pee spot in existence. Visit her website at

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