I was inspired to interview my non-horsey partner about "basic" equestrian/horse knowledge by the article "When Non-Horse People Answer Questions about Horses" by Emily Bogenschutz on Horse Channel.com.
My partner (Jin) is not a horse-lover, although he is a very good horse-lover supporter and through me has gained relatively a lot of knowledge about my favorite four-legged mammal. I wanted to know exactly how much he knew about what I am constantly rambling on-and-on about (and what he is just nodding his head along to without actually understanding). He did take about two months worth of weekly lessons last summer at my suggestion and so I am assumed that he should be able to answer basic questions.
I came up with a list of things that I thought were simple & basic questions that I figured he could get correct. The rules were that I couldn't help him or ask the questions in a different way. I could only repeat them. The rules for Jin were that he had to answer each question, even if it just involved guessing or making up an answer. Here are his responses to the questions:
1. What is a gelding? A gelding is a male horse. No, wait. Yeah, I'll say a male horse.
2. What does "OTTB" stand for? OTTB? That's four letters I have to guess! That's really hard. Original True Thoroughbred breed.
3. What is a "green" horse? A GREEN horse? Well I know a horse can't be economical (like a car). I'll say... a healthy horse that eats a lot of grass and poops a lot.
4. The "frog" is part of what on a horse? What kind of body part is named after another animal... on an animal! The back leg muscle. Cause they're like a frog.
5. What does it mean to curry a horse? Bring a horse back to health.
6. What do "lame" and "sound" mean when referring to a horse? Lame means that they're hurt and can't jump or be ridden. Sound is the opposite of lame. The horse is healthy and can be ridden normally.
7. What is this (see photo below) called? A bit.
9. What is a canter lead? Does it have to do with their foot? It's which foot they lead with when they canter.
10. What is the rhyme "rise and fall according to the leg on the wall" referring to? Their trotting/cantering pattern. The lead foot has to be the one on the outside? On the wall?
11. What is the difference between a posting trot and a sitting trot? Posting you have to kinda rock back and forth so you put less strain on the horse. Sitting trot you kinda just lift yourself constantly off the horse but you stay there.
12. When I say I am free-lunging my horse, what am I doing? You're forcing the horse to run around without anyone riding it so it gets warmed up.
13. Why would you need to go into "two-point"? I don't know what two-point is. How am I supposed to know why to get into it if I don't even know what it is?
14. What is the difference between an English saddle and a Western saddle? You (referring to me, Zea) say one is more comfortable than the other (English). One has the knob thing where I can hold on to... the Western I think.
15. What is the difference between hunters & jumpers? What?! I only know that you go to a hunter/jumper barn and I have no idea what those mean. Jumpers have the goal of always trying to get the horse to jump higher and hunters try to perfect... they're more concerned with their form (how the horse walks, trots, canters, and runs).
16. What is a "hack"? When the horse swiftly changes direction. That sounds violent, like a hack.
17. What is this facial marking (see photo below) called? You told me this before... Equine foreheadal birthmark.
18. What color is Casey (see photo below)? Chocolate brown. Like Haagen-Daaz.
19. Can you name three different breeds of horses? Arabian, Draft horse, and Palomino. Wait, I know more than that. Is Thoroughbred a breed?
20. What is the best thing about horses in your opinion? I think the best thing about horses is that you can form such a close fortified bond with such a huge animal. And you can do that despite the sheer power that they have. I think it commands respect.
So overall, Jin did pretty badly, but it was interesting to see which things he remembered about what I talked about and he gets an A+ for effort!! Mostly it was really funny hearing him talk about horses. I was cracking up the whole time.