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Horse & Rider Gear is an online glossary of terms and definitions commonly encountered by horse lovers. Click on the links below to choose from our alphabetical list of terms.


A useful antiseptic to have in the barn, for use on both human and equine cuts and abrasions. It is also used, in mild solution, as a navel dip for foals.

Iodine can be applied to the bottom of the hooves of flat-footed horses so they don't bruise as easily; iodine toughens the tissue somewhat. Apply it only to the sole of the foot; avoiding spilling it down the hoof wall (it will dry out the hoof wall) or onto tender tissues above the hoof, where it may burn skin.