Last night, a British friend asked me how my GGs were (or maybe it's spelled gigis, I haven't a clue). I was completely flummoxed, thinking she was referring to the Governor General's awards for the arts.
And goeslikestink is always talking about her neds and neddies.
Besides the obvious ones like nags, can anyone think of any other slang terms for horses?
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Andy, OTTB mare, 1984-2011. I miss you already, girl!
If anyone has a copy of the book "Mister You got yourself a HORSE" There is about fifty different words in the index the old horse traders used to describe a horse the only one I can remember offhand is 'snide'-worn out old horse.
Nickel-bred - usually followed by the words piece of sh** - a worthless horse
common - ill-mannered (as in , you COMMON....)
sprinter - a horse who "runs short" - 6 furlongs or less (6.5?)
route horse (pronounced root) - runs long, over a "route of ground"
a panel - a furlong (the race is going five panels) - or am I thinking of 1/16 mile....duh.....
flipper - horse who will throw itself over backwards
dude(s) - 2 y.o.s (Usually it's "easy, dudes, relax....." - this may be regional
backing a horse up - to jog a horse "going the wrong way", or clockwise
a horse with knee or ankle problems "has a knee" or "has an ankle"
throw out the anchor, or hit the wall, or back up in a race - a horse who quits running or loses ground
by sh*tbucket out of mucksack - a horse of poor parentage
knocking on the door - a horse who is primed to win
black type - horses who have won or placed in stakes races are shown in pedigree catalogs in bold print
finish on the board or hit the board - finished 1st through 4th (on the tote board)
This is a start, anyhow!
Not necessarily a term for horse per se, but I had an English friend ride my horse a few times, and when my horse would get nervous and jiggy, he'd say "easy now Bird" and my horse's name is General! I thought it was a cute term of affection, so I use it pretty often... though in Texas I get some weird looks!