5 Equestrian terms

Provided by Maya Peterson


Canter: The horse’s movement of its hind legs in stride with the front, in a diagonal, three beat gait.

Dressage: A series of movements in a long rectangular box that demonstrates the art of riding and creating obedience and flexibility.

Equitation: When the judges are looking at the rider’s position, as opposed to the horse’s.

Bit: A piece of metal/rubber/etc. in the horse’s mouth that is a way for the rider to tell the horse what to do.

Diagonals: Standing up on the stride; the horse’s outside leg is moving forward as the rider stands and when the inside leg is forward, the rider is standing up.

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