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Test your knowledge!

Think you have a head full of horse knowledge? Test it out!

By Olivia White, Region 15 Youth Director


Q: What is the Latin word for horse?

A: Hippo

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Q: What is Hippology?

A: The study of the horse.


Q: What were the foundation sires of the Thoroughbred Breed.

A: Byerly Turk, Darley Arabian, and Godolphin Arabian


Q: What is the term used for a cross between a Thoroughbred and Arabian?

A: Anglo-Arabian


Q: (T/F) Most modern breeds were influenced by Arabians.



Q: Have you ever wondered what the (*) before a horse's name meant? Here's your chance to guess!

A: The (*) means the horse was imported.


Q: (T/F) Bishopping means to shout Biss, biss while hopping on one foot.

A: FALSE! Bishopping is when horse traders used to make a horse's teeth look younger.


Q: What are the abbreviations for the Arabian horse colors: Bay, Black, Brown, Chestnut, Grey, and Roan.

A: B, BLK, BR, CH, GR, RO respectively


Q: All right! How many of you pay attention to the Triple Crown? Which three races make up the Triple Crown?

A: The Preakness, Kentucky Derby, and the Belmont Stakes.


Q: What is a furlong? (in racing.)

A: One-eighth (1/8) of a mile.



Arabic Terms


Q: What is the Arabic term for "Father of…"?

A: ABU, sometimes you see this on registered horses' names.


Q: What does OM mean in Arabic?

A: It means "Mother of…"-this is easy to remember because MO-mother of, reverse, OM. It is sometimes spelled UMM. Used for some registered Arabians.


Q: What does BINT mean in Arabic?

A: "Daughter of…." -also is used for some registered Arabians.


Q: IBN means what in Arabic?

A: You guessed it! "Son of…"-you see this a lot for registered Arabians.


Q: What part of an Arabian is referred to as the jibbah?

A: The bulge in the forehead.

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Q: (T/F) The Jibbah is a not a desirable trait in Arabians.

A: FALSE! A large jibbah is very desirable in Arabians.


Q: What does the Mitbah mean in Arabic?

A: Literally it means "the place where the throat is cut." We call this the throatlatch.


Q: Fill in the blank: It is desirable for Arabians to have a __________ and __________ Mitbah.

A: fine and long!


And for the bonus question….

Q: When was the Arabian Horse Registry (now merged to AHA) formed?

A: 1908


Strange Horse Laws

Here are some wacky, odd, strange laws from around the United States and the world.AHYA_Fun_pic5



It is illegal for cowboys to walk through a hotel lobby wearing their spurs.



Abilene City Ordinance 349 declares "Any person who shall in the city of Abilene shoot at a horse with any concealed or unconcealed bean snapper or like article, shall upon conviction, be fined."



In Hartsville you can be arrested for riding an ugly horse.



In Marshalltown it is against the law for a horse to eat a fire hydrant.



Pattonsburg Revised Ordinances, 1884 stated "No person shall hollar, shout, bawl, scream, use profane language, dance, sing, whoop, quarrel, or make any unusual noise or sound in such manner as to disturb a horse."



A misworded ordinance in Wolf Point reads "No horse shall be allowed in public without its owner wearing a halter."


New Jersey:

The horse is New Jersey's state animal.


New Mexico:

  • In Raton it is illegal for a woman to ride horseback down a public street with a kimono on.
  • In Omega, every woman must "be found to be wearing a corset" when riding a horse in public! A doctor is required to inspect each woman to make sure that she is complying with the law.


New York:

In New York City, it is illegal to open or close an umbrella in the presence of a horse.



Law states “Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes."


South Carolina:

  • It’s legal for adult males to discharge firearms when approaching an intersection in a non-horse vehicle to warn oncoming horse traffic.
  • No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.
  • It's illegal in Marion to tickle a female under her chin with a feather duster to get her attention while she's riding a horse.



Tennessee prohibits riders from lassoing fish.


Multiple States:

It’s also illegal to fish from horseback in Washington D.C., Colorado and Utah. And here a few international ones!



  • Horses are required to wear hats in hot weather in Rasario.
  • A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking "at a woman in that way." A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a "pair of horse-blinders" wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.



In the state of Queensland it is still constitutional law that all pubs (hotel/bar) must have a railing outside for patrons to tie up their horse.



A British law states that an Englishman must not sell a horse to a Scotsman. And in London an old law required taxi drivers to carry a bale of hay on top of their caps to feed their horses. The law was in force until 1976.


All I need to know in life I learned from my horse:


  • When in doubt, run far, far away.
  • You can never have too many treats.
  • Passing gas in public is nothing to be ashamed of.
  • New shoes are an absolute necessity every 6 weeks.
  • Ignore cues. They're just a prompt to do more work.
  • Everyone loves a good, wet, slobbery kiss.Meyer655-12-WebOnly Border
  • Never run when you can jog. Never jog when you can walk. And never walk when you can stand still.
  • Heaven is eating at least 10 hours a day... and then sleeping the rest.
  • Eat plenty of roughage.
  • Great legs and a nice rear will get you anywhere. Big, brown eyes help too.
  • When you want your way, stomp hard on the nearest foot.
  • In times of crisis, take a poop.
  • Act dumb when faced with a task you don't want to do.
  • Follow the herd. That way, you can't be singled out to take the blame.
  • A swift kick in the butt will get anyone's attention.
  • Love those who love you back, especially if they have something good to eat