Read the following sentence aloud: “My prelim gelding goes better in a low-port Pelham during dressage, but I jump XC and stadium in a hackamore.” To non-horsey people, this probably sounds like some kind of bizarre word salad, but those in the know can easily translate these familiar phrases. This is a similar phenomenon to the blank expression I get when I read status updates and tweets overflowing with abbreviations, acronyms and hashtags. So perhaps I’m old-fashioned or just a little slow on the uptake. But maybe if these literary shortcuts were adjusted to fit the equestrian language I speak fluently, it could help me communicate conveniently with fellow riders.
Ever wonder what various trendy “netspeak” acronyms might stand for in the eventing world? Here are five possibilities:
1- LOL = “Lame On Left”
Example: “Didn’t ride Fancy today, LOL.”
2- BRB = “Bringing Right Bit”
Ex: “Going to trailer, BRB.”
3- BTW= “Bony Thoroughbred Withers”
Ex: “You should use a half-pad when you ride Topper, BTW.”
4- FML= “Four Mares Loose”
Ex: “The warm-up ring was chaotic today, FML.”
5- GTFO = “Get the Flyspray Out”
Ex: “GTFO before the horses get eaten alive!”
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Go Eventing. YOLO.