Horses are measured in 'hands' (four inches). What height, in hands, is the cut-off point between a pony and a horse?
In general, a pony stands at 14.2hh (hands high) or less. 14.3hh or more, and it's a horse.
What is the name of the piece of equipment that can be used to stop a horse raising its head too high whilst being ridden?
All the gadgets in the world can't replace good basic schooling, but martingales can be a helpful tool with some horses.
From which side of a horse is it traditional to mount and dismount?
This dates back from the days when horses were used by soldiers, who would carry their swords on their right sides and had to mount from the left so their swords wouldn't be in the way.
What is the proper term for the horse colour in which the horse has a brown body with a black mane, tail, muzzle and lower legs?
Nothing is simple in horse terms: if you have a brown horse, it could be chestnut, bay, dun, sorrel, or even just plain brown!
Which breed of horse, originating in England, is most renowned as a racehorse?
Although racing may be the most well-known job of the thoroughbred, it is by no means the only discipline in which they excel. Many of the best dressage, showjumping and eventing horses in the world are full or part-bred thoroughbreds.
What colour are the majority of the horses used at the Spanish School of Riding in Vienna?
It is traditional for one bay horse to be kept at the Riding School, while the rest are white (or, in horse terms, light grey).
What is the name for a castrated male horse?
A stallion is an uncastrated (or 'entire') male, and a mare is a female horse.
In which country is the Kyrgyz horse bred?
I had to include it somewhere!
Which sport is commonly described as 'gymnastics on horseback'?
If you've never seen vaulting, look it up on Youtube or something - it's an incredible sight!
Complete the name of the Natural Horsemanship trainer: Pat _____?
Natural horsemanship techniques focus on using an understanding of the horse's instincts and herd dynamics to acheive a better relationship with your horse. As well as Pat Parelli, advocates include the famous Monty Roberts and UK-based trainer Kelly Marks.
This ancient breed has contributed to the development of hundreds of modern perfomance horse breeds, and is still a popular horse in its own right, particularly for endurance ridin
The Arab is one of the oldest horse breeds in the world, and arguably the most beautiful.
This nutritious feed must be soaked for 24 hours before feeding
This sweet-tasting feed is good for providing fibre and wetting dry feeds, and most horses love the taste.
If your horse isn't getting all his fibre from grass (eg. if he's stabled), what alternative forage should you give him?
Horses are designed as little-and-often feeders - their stomach needs to be kept roughly half full at all times for optimum digestive health.
In dressage, what is the term for a difficult movement in which the horse trots on the spot?
Dressage is a discipline that takes patience and skill to perfect, but the results can be stunning.
What's the Latin name for a domestic horse?
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