Let’s go back to a basic lesson in horsemanship, one that you would have gotten at any pony club or horse camp as a kid… Parts of the Horse!
This is a lesson that is just as important for adult riders as it is for kids. Knowing the parts of the horse will allow you to describe a horse’s conformation or the location of an injury. It will also make you a better rider in that knowing anatomy is what allows us to understand, and eventually improve, the movement of our horses.
The “horse world” can have a language all its own. We have terms to describe horses, their behavior, and the equipment we use. We also have terms to describe specific parts of the horse’s anatomy.
In the video below, we will review all the basic parts of the horse, so the next time someone mentions this horse has a “short croup”, a “stiff stifle”, or an “injury to the gaskin”, you’ll know exactly which part of the horse they are referring to!