Horsey French Vocabulary

French equestrianism
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Equestrianism, more commonly referred to as horseback riding or horse riding, refers to the use of horses for work, transportation, and sport. There are many equestrian sports, from racing to show jumping, and some have been part of the Olympics for over 100 years.

Whether you like riding, racing, or watching, here’s some French vocabulary to help you make sense of everything.

equestrianism   équitation (f)
le sport équestre
le sport hippique
equestrian (adj)   équestre
horseback rider   un cavalier
une cavalière
horse   le cheval
racehorse   le cheval de course
hand (measurement)   une paume
chest   le poitrail
chin   le menton
coronet   la couronne
fetlock   le boulet
flank   le flanc
forefoot   le pied antérieur
le pied de devant
forehead   le front
foreleg   la jambe antérieure
la jambe de devant
hind foot   le pied postérieur
le pied de derrière
hind leg   la jambe postérieure
la jambe de derrière
hock   le jarret
hoof   le sabot
jaw   la mâchoire
mane   la crinière
tail   la queue
withers   le garrot
Clothing + Equipment   Vêtements + équipement
bit   le mors
browband   le frontail
halter   le licou, le collier
headband   le bandeau
helmet   le casque
horseshoe   le fer à cheval
girth   la sangle
(riding pants)
  les jodhpurs
noseband   la muserolle
reins   les rênes, les guides
riding boot   la botte
riding crop   la cravache
riding hat   la bombe
saddle   la selle
side-saddle   la selle de femme
stirrup   l’étrier (m)
Gaits, Events, Races   Allures, évènements, courses
canter   le petit galop
carriage race   la course attelée
dressage   le dressage
eventing   le concours complet
flat race   la course de plat
gait   l’allure (f)
gallop   le galop
harness race   la course de trot
horse race   la course de chevaux
hurdles   les haies (f)
jump   le saut
mount   la monture
polo   le polo
rodeo   le rodéo
show jumping   le jumping
steeplechase   le steeple
trekking   la randonnée
trot   le trot
Places   Endroits
arena   l’arène (f)
indoor riding ring   le manège
paddock   l’enclos (m)
racecourse   le champ de courses
racetrack   l’hippodrome (m)
stable   l’écurie (f)
Verbs   Verbes
to ride a horse   faire du cheval
monter à cheval
to canter   aller au petit galop
to dismount   démonter
to gallop   galoper
to jump   sauter
to mount   monter
to prance   caracoler
to rein in   ramener au pas
serrer la bride
to trot   trotter
to walk   marcher

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