One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]NZ, Australian
(of a horse or other animal) kick upwards with the hind legs, keeping the head down and the forelegs firmly planted.
- ‘Unfortunately when I got him into a canter all he wanted to do was drop his head and pig root and buck.’
- ‘I can't put my kids on him yet because he does like to pig root and I am very nervous about getting on him.’
The act of pig-rooting.
- ‘He was renowned for a pig root in the parade ring which would see his hind legs so far off the ground that they would be above his head!’
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