Horse Glossary Words That Start With E

Horse Words that Start With The Letter E

The horse world has its own language. Many of the words come from other languages and have a long tradition.  Often these words come from Latin or French roots. Or, they have developed as a sort of shorthand used to describe something horse related. Here are definitions of words you may hear when talking about horses that start with E. 

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    Easy Keeper

    A very fat horse.
    A very fat horse. Image Credit:Tim Graham/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    A horse that gains or maintains weight easily on the minimum required food is said to be an easy keeper. Many times an easy keeper will not need concentrates, or rich hay to stay in top (or even too fat) condition. Some easier keepers, especially ponies would benefit from a restricted diet to prevent obesity. Ponies, warmbloods, draft crosses, many breeds like Quarter Horses and Morgans tend to be easy keepers. Breeds that have a lot of Thoroughbred or Arabian influence tend not be be easy...MORE keepers. 

    Also Known As: hardy, thrifty


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    3 minature ponies walking in a field.
    Minature Horses. Steve Clancy Photography Moment

    The word equine refers to horses or ponies, or pertaining to those within the equine family. An equine belongs to the family equidae that includes ponies, donkeys, mules, horses, zebras, asses, and mules.

    The word's roots are the Latin words equīnus or equus.

    Pronunciation: ek wine (short e sound) or eek wine (long e sound)

    Examples: Many horse sports are open to equines of all types including donkeys and mules


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    Girl riding horse around barrels.
    Girl riding horse around barrels. Image Credit:Lisa Peardon/The Image Bank/Getty Images

    An equestrian is any person who rides or drives a horse. Equestrians may ride English, western, side saddle, bareback or any other style or combination of styles or drive any type of horse drawn vehicle. Equestrians may ride or drive in many different disciplines such as rodeo, jumping, eventing, dressagedistance riding or combined driving.

    Equestrianism is the art of horseback riding, driving and training.

    Olympic Equestrian sports include eventing, show jumping, paralympic dressage and...MORE dressage. The eight FEI equestrian sports are reining, show jumping, eventing, dressage, para-lympic dressage, vaulting, combined driving and endurance riding.

    The word Equestrian comes from the Latin word for horse rider "equester"

    Pronunciation: ee kwes tree an

    Also Known As: horse rider, horseback rider, rider

    Examples: She did a lot of practicing to qualify for many of the top equestrian competitions


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    Riding lessons are the quickest way to improve your skills. Image Credit: Thomas Northcut/Getty Images

    The art of horseback riding. The word comes from the Latin word for horseback riding equitātiōn. Equitation riders are those who practice riding to perfect their skills and hone their communication between themselves and their horse. Equitation classes are a competition for those who which to demonstrate their riding skills using set patterns. 

    Pronunciation: ek wi ta shun

    Examples: The riding instructor insisted on teaching her students the basics of good equitation so they could ride safely and...MORE not hurt their horses


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    English riding may be on the flat like equitation and dressage, or over jumps like hunter, cross-country and hunter classes. Image Credit: K. Blocksdorf

     A style of riding using methods and equipment developed in Europe. Referred to as English riding in North America, some parts of Australia and New Zealand. In areas where there is no need to differentiate between Western and English riding it is generally called 'riding'.

    Pronunciation: En g lish (short e and i sound)

    Also Known As: riding

    Examples: The horse was shown in both English and Western tack.