Horse Show Terminology

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  • Parasite - A small organism that lives on or in and at the expense of a larger organism called the host.
  • Parrot mouth - Opposite of monkey mouth, the upper jaw overhangs the lower jaw, the incisors do not properly meet and cause uneven wear and growth.
  • Parturition - The act of giving birth
  • Passage - A movement in trot with an extended moment of suspension. The horse's quarters carry more weight and propel him forward.
  • Piaffe - A movement in trot (alternate diagonals). A proud and rhythmic movement performed nearly on the spot.
  • Piebald - The black and white coat color of the Pinto and cob type horse.
  • Posting - The rising and lowering of a rider with the rhythm of the trot.
  • Purebred - Bred from members of a recognized breed without mixture of blood from other breeds.
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