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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Equine Vocabulary

Horses have live alongside humans for thousands of years, and this has led to the creation of many words, describing different horses of different genders, age, colour, physical appearance, etc.

I've recently watched a horse-related film, and it took me several reference to my dictionary to make out the meanings of the following words.
1. Horse
2. Stud
3. Filly
4. Pony
5. Mare
6. Stallion

Well don't laugh at me. You think you know what pony means? Well a pony isn't a young horse - it's a small horse, referring to the physical size, not its age. Take the following quote to convince yourself.

In modern times, Sugar Puff, who had been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest living pony, died in 2007, aged 56.

A visit to Wikipedia's horse article uncovered many more words. Foal, yearling, colt, rig, gelding...

Well, we're surprised by the range of vocabulary related to horse because we don't really interact with them much any more. Maybe one day, when people drive flying vehicles or have warping ports, our grandchildren will be surprised with the many terms associated with cars, like MPV, SUV, CRV, convertibles, van, sedan...

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