How to Say Horse in Spanish

Much like English, Spanish has different words for male, female, and young horses. "Caballo" is the Spanish word for a male horse. Use "yegua" to describe a female horse. If you are talking about a foal, say "el potro" or "el potrillo."


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    Call a male horse "caballo." Pronounce it like "ka-by-o" or "cabayo."[1] In Spanish, the double "l," "ll," is pronounced as "y." Caballo is an exclusively masculine word – so it is always "el caballo," and never "la caballo."[2]
    • You can also say "garañón" to mean "stallion" or "stud." Pronounce it "ga-ran-yohn."
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    Say "yegua" to refer to a mare. Pronounce it "yeg-wa." Use it specifically to talk about an adult female horse above the age of three.[3]
    • Do not use "caballa" to describe a mare. A caballa is a type of fish!
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    Use "el potro" to describe a foal. Pronounce it "po-tro." You can also say the diminutive form, "el potrillo," to refer to a very young horse.[4]

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