Know Your Horse Parts

David Sanderson All About Horses

If you’ve ever been around a stable, you might have noticed that people who handle horses have a language all their own. There are many specific words to describe the details of the horse’s body and even though it’s not important to learn them all, it’s good to realize that horses have very unique bodies!

So let’s take a quick look at horse parts

By nature, horses are designed to run and can typically reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. That’s much faster than a human! The body of an equine is a balance between muscle and bone which blends to create a truly elegant and graceful animal.

As you spend more time with horses, you begin to appreciate the specific anatomy particular to the horse. People who care for horses not only begin to appreciate equine parts but also come to understand the purpose, health, and differences between these parts in various horses. They talk about horses’ bodies the way mechanics talk about cars. In caring for horses, you should know the “lingo”. Here are some parts of the horse that are useful to know.

Withers: The area on the horse’s back just after the neck but above the shoulders

Fetlock: The horse’s ankle

Forelock: The hair between the horse’s ears that falls onto the forehead

Hocks: The elbow-like joint of the horse’s back legs

Muzzle: The area of the horse’s head that includes the mouth and nostrils

The importance of hooves

Hooves are a vital part of the horse, so let’s take a closer look. Without healthy hooves, horses cannot do their daily activities to function optimally. The more knowledge you have about horses hooves, the better you can care for a horse and understand when something needs to be done.

The great team at Parklane Equestrian are horse experts! You don’t need to know all the parts of a horse to be able to be able to enjoy them, but it’s good to have a little bit of knowledge. Leave the horse care to us and come on down to experience the fun!