Barrel – The body of the horse, extending from behind the forearms to the quarters.
Barren – A mare, which failed to become pregnant during the breeding season.
Barouche – Large open carriages of family capacity with a high box seat. Used from Regency to early Victorian times with four horses or a pair.
Barrage – An alternate name for a jump-off, in which horses with equal scores at the end of a competition compete against each other again. The result can either be decided by the number of faults, timed against the clock or a combination of both.
Barnet Fair (Hertfordshire) – A three-day annual fair for horses ponies and cattle held by Charter granted in 1199 by King John to the abbot of St. Albans. Well-known market for small tradesmen’s and costermongers’ horses and ponies.
Barley – Cereal grain often fed to horses. The straw can be used for bedding but is considered inferior to wheat straw because horses tend to eat it.
Barefoot – A horse, which is unshod.
Bare-back Riding – Riding without using a saddle or blanket.
Bards – Covering of armour for the breast and flanks of a war-horse. Also occasionally used for an ornamental covering for a horse.
Bardot – A French name denoting the offspring of a pony/horse and female ass.