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Horse riding

bareback

adjective, adverb

riding a horse without a saddle

break in

to train a horse that is young or wild

bridle

verb

to put a bridle on a horse

canter

verb

if a horse canters, it runs fairly fast. If it runs slowly, it trots, and if it runs as fast as it can, it gallops.

canter

noun

the way a horse runs when it canters

canter

noun

a ride on a horse that is cantering

dismount

verb

to get off something such as a horse or bicycle

equestrian

adjective

relating to riding horses

gallop

verb

if a horse gallops, it runs at its fastest speed

gallop

verb

to ride a horse very fast

gallop

noun

the fastest speed of a horse

gallop

noun

a fast ride on a horse

groom

noun

someone who looks after horses

hack

verb

to go for a ride on a horse for pleasure in the countryside or on ordinary roads

hack

noun

a ride on a horse for pleasure in the countryside or on ordinary roads

hand

noun

a unit for measuring how tall a horse is

horseman

noun

a man who rides horses for pleasure or sport, especially someone who is good at riding

horsemanship

noun

the skill of riding horses

horse-riding

noun

the activity of riding a horse, for enjoyment, exercise, or in competitions. Horse-riding is often simply called riding. The usual American word is horseback riding.

horsewoman

noun

a woman who rides horses for pleasure or sport, especially someone who is good at riding

horsey

adjective

enthusiastic about horses and sports involving horses

jib

verb

if a horse jibs when it is being ridden, it stops suddenly and refuses to move forward

joust

verb

if two people riding horses joust, they fight by riding towards each other and trying to hit each other with a lance (=long stick)

kick

verb

to hit a horse’s sides with your heels in order to make it move forward

lather

noun

the white mass of bubbles that form on a horse’s skin when it is sweating

mount

verb

to get on a horse

mounted

adjective

riding on a horse

pony-trekking

noun

the activity of riding ponies across the countryside for pleasure

rein in

to make a horse stop or go more slowly by pulling its reins

remount

verb

to get back on a horse or bicycle after you have got off or fallen off

ride

verb

to sit on an animal, especially a horse, and control its movements as it moves along

ride

noun

a journey on a horse or other animal, on a bicycle or motorcycle, or in a vehicle

rider

noun

someone who rides on an animal such as a horse, or on a vehicle such as a bicycle or motorcycle

riding

noun

the activity or sport of riding a horse or other animal

riding

noun

used for riding horses

saddle

verb

to put a saddle on a horse

saddle up

to put a saddle on a horse

school

verb

to train a horse so that someone can ride it, especially in competitions

seat

noun

the position in which someone sits on a horse

shoe

verb

to put a horseshoe on a horse’s foot

sidesaddle

adverb

sitting on a horse with both your legs on the same side of the horse

skittish

adjective

used about horses that are nervous and may do something suddenly

spill

noun

a fall from a horse, bicycle etc

spur

verb

to use spurs to make a horse go faster

stable

verb

to keep horses in a particular set of stables

stable

verb

to look after a horse after it has been ridden and to put it in a stable

stable boy

noun

a boy or man whose job is to look after horses in a stable

stable girl

noun

a girl or woman whose job is to look after horses in a stable

stable lad

noun

a boy or man whose job is to look after horses in a stable

throw

verb

if a horse throws you, you fall off when it makes a sudden violent movement

trot

verb

to ride on a horse that is trotting

trot

noun

the speed of a horse or other animal when it moves more quickly than when walking but does not run

trot

noun

a ride on a horse that is trotting

unseat

verb

if a horse unseats its rider, it throws them off its back

whoa

interjection

used for telling a horse to walk more slowly or to stop

dismount

noun

be in the saddle

to be riding a horse

in harness

a horse that is in harness is wearing a harness

on horseback

riding on a horse

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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