A horse is a large, four-legged animal with hooves, a long nose and tail, and a mane of hair along its upper back. Part of learning how to ride a horse includes giving commands and using the reins to guide it.

Horses are very strong and fast, which is why humans have domesticated them for thousands of years — horses can be helpful on farms, for riding, and for pulling wagons and carts. Some people ride horses simply as a hobby, while others race them in competitions. Horses are one of the very few animals that can sleep either lying down or standing up, a trait that helped them run quickly from predators in the wild.

Definitions of horse
  1. noun
    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
    synonyms: Equus caballus
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    Sir Barton
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1919
    Gallant Fox
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1930
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1935
    War Admiral
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1937
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1941
    Count Fleet
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1943
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1948
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1973
    Seattle Slew
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1977
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1978
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    a horse having a brownish coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray
    stable companion, stablemate
    a horse stabled with another or one of several horses owned by the same person
    a word for horse used by children or in adult slang
    dawn horse, eohippus
    earliest horse; extinct primitive dog-sized four-toed Eocene animal
    North American three-toed Oligocene animal; probably not directly ancestral to modern horses
    Pliocene horse approaching donkeys in size
    male horse
    the male of species Equus caballus
    female horse, mare
    female equine animal
    mount, riding horse, saddle horse
    a lightweight horse kept for riding only
    a range horse of the western United States
    polo pony
    a small agile horse specially bred and trained for playing polo
    wild horse
    undomesticated or feral domestic horse
    a horse kept for hire
    hack, jade, nag, plug
    an old or over-worked horse
    any of various breeds of small gentle horses usually less than five feet high at the shoulder
    bangtail, race horse, racehorse
    a horse bred for racing
    a horse trained to run in steeplechases
    a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
    harness horse
    horse used for pulling vehicles
    a horse used for plowing and hauling and other heavy labor
    post horse, post-horse, poster
    a horse kept at an inn or post house for use by mail carriers or for rent to travelers
    a horse trained to a special gait in which both feet on one side leave the ground together
    high stepper, stepper
    a horse trained to lift its feet high off the ground while walking or trotting
    a dark golden-brown or reddish-brown horse
    liver chestnut
    a solid dark brown horse
    a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color
    a horse of a brownish orange to light brown color
    a horse of light tan or golden color with cream-colored or white mane and tail
    a spotted or calico horse or pony
    entire, stallion
    uncastrated adult male horse
    castrated male horse
    broodmare, stud mare
    a female horse used for breeding
    a fresh horse especially (formerly) to replace one killed or injured in battle
    especially a light saddle horse for a woman
    horse used in war
    a mettlesome or fiery horse
    a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.
    cow pony
    a light saddle horse trained for herding cattle
    quarter horse
    a small powerful horse originally bred for sprinting in quarter-mile races in Virginia
    an American breed of small compact saddle horses
    Plantation walking horse, Tennessee walker, Tennessee walking horse, Walking horse
    a horse marked by stamina and trained to move at a fast running walk
    American saddle horse
    a high-stepping horse originating in Kentucky
    a hardy breed of saddle horse developed in western North America and characteristically having a spotted rump
    Arab, Arabian
    a spirited graceful and intelligent riding horse native to Arabia
    Lipizzan, Lippizan, Lippizaner
    a compact and sturdy saddle horse that is bred and trained in Vienna; smart and docile and excellent for dressage
    small hardy range horse of the western plains descended from horses brought by the Spanish
    horse of a light yellowish dun color with dark mane and tail
    crow-bait, crowbait
    an emaciated horse likely soon to become carrion and so attractive to crows
    horse of a dull brownish grey color
    gray, grey
    horse of a light gray or whitish color
    Equus caballus gomelini, tarpan
    European wild horse extinct since the early 20th century
    warragal, warrigal
    Australian wild horse
    Equus caballus przevalskii, Equus caballus przewalskii, Przevalski's horse, Przewalski's horse
    wild horse of central Asia that resembles an ass; now endangered
    Indian pony, cayuse
    a small native range horse
    plough horse, plow horse
    a horse used to pull a plow
    Shetland pony
    breed of very small pony with long shaggy mane and tail
    Welsh pony
    breed of small ponies originally from Wales
    stocky breed of pony with a fawn-colored nose
    a racehorse belonging to a breed that originated from a cross between Arabian stallions and English mares
    an informal term for a racehorse
    a racehorse considered one year old until the second Jan. 1 following its birth
    two year old, two-year-old horse
    a racehorse that is two years old
    three year old, three-year-old horse
    a racehorse that is three years old
    dark horse
    a racehorse about which little is known
    a racehorse that runs well on a muddy racetrack
    a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered
    stocky short-legged harness horse
    a compact breed of harness horse
    draft horse, draught horse, dray horse
    horse adapted for drawing heavy loads
    a workhorse used as a pack animal
    dobbin, farm horse
    a quiet plodding workhorse
    pacemaker, pacer, pacesetter
    a horse used to set the pace in racing
    trotter, trotting horse
    a horse trained to trot; especially a horse trained for harness racing
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    equid, equine
    hoofed mammals having slender legs and a flat coat with a narrow mane along the back of the neck
  2. noun
    troops trained to fight on horseback
    “500 horse led the attack”
    synonyms: cavalry, horse cavalry
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    type of:
    military personnel, soldiery, troops
    soldiers collectively
  3. noun
    a chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)
    synonyms: knight
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    type of:
    chess piece, chessman
    any of 16 white and 16 black pieces used in playing the game of chess
  4. verb
    provide with a horse or horses
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    provide with fresh horses
    type of:
    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  5. noun
    a framework for holding wood that is being sawed
    synonyms: buck, sawbuck, sawhorse
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    sawhorses used in pairs to support a horizontal tabletop
    type of:
    a structure supporting or containing something
  6. noun
    a padded gymnastic apparatus on legs
    synonyms: gymnastic horse
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    pommel horse, side horse
    a gymnastic horse with a cylindrical body covered with leather and two upright handles (pommels) near the center; held upright by two steel supports, one at each end
    buck, long horse, vaulting horse
    a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting
    type of:
    exerciser, gymnastic apparatus
    sports equipment used in gymnastic exercises
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