Cowboy Dictionary - Letter F
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terms, slang, and jargon used by cowboys, cowgirls, and horse lovers.
Filly - A filly is a young female horse, 4 years old or younger.
Feathers - On horses, the word feathers refers to the long hairs on the back of the lower legs. Not all horses have feathers. Feathers are a common characteristic of draft horses.
Horses that have feathers also commonly have "spats," which are long hairs that hang down over the hooves.
At right: The blue arrows are pointing to feathers, and the red arrows are pointing to spats.
Float - The word float can be both a noun and a verb. It can refer to the tool used to rasp a horse's teeth, or it can refer to the rasping itself.
Floating a horse's teeth means to file or rasp their teeth to make the chewing surfaces relatively flat or smooth. The type of file used for this is called a "float," which is where the procedure gets its name.
For more information about floating a horse's teeth, please see our article Floating A Horse's Teeth.
At right: A tooth float in a bucket of disinfectant.
Foal - A newborn or very young horse, male or female.
Freeze Brand - A brand is permanent mark on the hide of an animal, and is used for identification of ownership. A freeze brand is made by using a very cold branding iron (as apposed to a hot brand which uses a hot branding iron).
The process of freeze branding uses extreme cold to kill the cells in the animal's skin that produce pigmentation, or color. Therefore, a freeze branded animal will have white hair where the freeze branding iron touched the skin.
At right: A freeze brand on the right hip of a horse.