Horse people are prone to the odd cliché or two, just like any other walk of life. Here are a few over-used phrases you’ve almost certainly come across…
1. “Genuine reason for sale”
Something that frequently pops up in horse ads, of course there’s a ‘genuine’ reason for sale – you may well be genuinely terrified of the beast because he keeps double-barrelling you. It’s like when a judge on a TV talent show says, ‘you’re the best singer in the competition, and I genuinely mean that’ – actually it’s probably the most insincere thing you’ve ever heard.
2. “Dope on a rope”
Urgh. Please stop saying this.
If a bomb went off near your horse, he’d be blown to bits. So are you actually claiming your horse is made of lead, or Teflon? Because that’s just weird.
4. “He’s got a leg in each corner”
Where did this one come from? It’s commonly used to refer to a chunky sort of horse, but if a horse didn’t have a leg in each corner, he topple over.
5. “It is with a heavy heart that I am advertising my horse for sale”
Angsty horse ads seem to be a bit of a trend at the mo. We get it — you feel guilty about selling your horse. So either don’t sell him, if you feel that bad, or keep your feelings to yourself, because they’re irrelevant to potential buyers.
6. “You’ve got to get him listening to you!”
Shouted by almost every (slightly frustrated) riding instructor ever.
7. “I’m just popping down to the yard for a minute”
Two hours later, you stagger back through the front door, just as your worried parent/partner is about to ring the police, imagining you unconscious in a ditch somewhere.
8. “Oh, I lost track of time,” you explain airily.
Another over-used equestrian phrase, right there. Guilty as charged.
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