The equipment used on horses

The piece of tack placed on the horse's back that the rider sits in

The piece of tack placed on the horse's head when riding, it is how the rider controls the horse

Tack placed on the horses head, mainly used for leading horse from the ground

and the rope attached to the head collar for leading and tying up

The piece of tack used in the horse's mouth, they are normally metal but can also be made other materials such as plastic.


Tack the rider holds that attaches to the bit in the horse's mouth

The metal cups that the rider places their feet in, they are attached to the saddle by long, adjustable straps called stirrup leathers

A soft pad that sits under the saddle to provide cushioning and helps to keep the saddle in place

The thick strap that secures the saddle to the horse, it runs under their belly just behind the front legs

Protective wraps place on the horses legs or hooves to protect against injury

Elastic cord placed from the bit to the girth, used loosely to help keep the contact consistent for the benefit of the horse 






Headcollar &
Lead Rope








Tack and Equipment

Horsey Jargon

Whether you want to get ahead of the game for your first ride with us or just brush up on your horsey dictonary. Our Horsey Jargon buster will help you get to grips with our 'Horse Talk'.

Riding Attire


The ‘trousers’ worn by riders, they are normally close fitting for safety and, for comfort, have no seams along any areas that are in contact with the saddle

Specialist riding footwear that are ankle high with a smooth sole and small heel

Normally worn with jodhpur boots around the lower legs to protect them from rubbing against the saddle and to provide extra grip

Specialist knee high boots for riding that have a smooth sole and small heel

Gloves designed specifically for riding with extra grip and no seams in the areas that the rider holds the reins

A protective item worn on the top half of the rider for safety

Hats designed specifically for horse riding that have a hard outer shell over protective cushioning and three point strap that fastens under the chin. Also known as a hard hat or skull cap


Jodphurs &

Jodphur Boots


Long Boots

Riding Style Gloves

Body Protector

Riding Hat


The area where horses are kept

This is for facilities that provide a service where people pay to keep their horses at the yard. Some yards will run this alongside a business providing lessons, while other yards are purely set up for customers to pay to keep their horses


The outdoor space where horses live and graze

The indoor space where horses live

The lock used at the bottom of a stable door

Dried grass that horses eat

Semi dried grass that is wrapped in bales and left to naturally ferment, but is more nutritional than hay and contains less dust

Highly nutritional food for horses, fed much more sparingly than grass, hay or haylage

A secure room that houses horse tack and equipment

The space which you exercise horses in, they usually have a sand surface and can either be outdoors – with no cover, or indoors – with a large roof cover

A form of exercise on horses outside of the arena usually on quiet roads, fields, or bridleways 

The name for exercise usually undertaken inside an arena to train the horse and rider

The action of getting on a horse

The specially trained and qualified person who looks after the horses feet (hooves) and puts on the horse shoe





Field or Paddock


Kick Bolt



Horse Feed

Tack Room






At The Yard
  • Horse – fully grown adult equine over 14.2 hands high

  • Pony – fully grown adult equine under 14.2 hands high

  • Foal – a baby horse or pony that is under 1 year old

  • Hands (hh) – the unit that horses and ponies are measured in: 1 hand = 4 inches

  • Mane – the long hair that the horse has running over the length of their neck

  • Forelock – the long hair that grows over the forehead of the horse, the horse equivalent to a human ‘fringe’

  • Hoof – the technical name for a horse’s foot

  • Walk =  4 beats / 4 mph

  • Trot = 2 beats / 8 mph

  • Canter = 3 beats / 10 – 17 mph

  • Gallop = 4 beats / 20 – 30 mph


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