Main definitions of untack in English

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untack1

verb

[with object]
  • Detach (something) by the removal of tacks.

    • ‘I untacked the paper from the wall and slipped it into my suitcase.’
    • ‘On the other side of the bed she was hurriedly untacking the pictures she had drawn from the walls.’

Pronunciation

untack

/ʌnˈtak/

Main definitions of untack in English

: untack1untack2

untack2

verb

[with object]
  • Remove the saddle and bridle from (a horse)

    ‘she dismounted and untacked the grey mare’
    • ‘One at a time, each horse was untacked and turned loose in my arena.’
    • ‘No, I'm sorry, but I don't have anyone to untack the horses.’
    • ‘The horses weren't quite sweaty so they untacked them, gave them a brush down, and turned them out in a spare paddock.’
    • ‘I was untacking my horse when he came up to the stall and said that I was a good rider.’
    • ‘He grinned as he disappeared into the stables to untack his horse.’
    • ‘My dad and I untacked and rinsed our horses off, blanketing them and putting them into stalls for the rest of the day.’
    • ‘As I untacked him later, in the great barn, I kissed his nose and whispered into his ear about how much I loved him.’
    • ‘They walked around the barn, dismounted, then untacked and groomed the horses again.’
    • ‘Each night, we untack, groom, feed and turn out our horses in a borrowed field before retiring to our own warm B&B billet.’
    • ‘Once we got back to the barn, I untacked him and began on my chores.’
    • ‘He watched quietly as I efficiently untacked each horse, put groomed them, put them in their stalls and filled their water buckets.’
    • ‘After you untack your horse, use water (warm water, if it is available) to sponge off the areas that have become sweaty - the saddle area, chest, and behind the tail are the areas where your horse is most likely to sweat.’
    • ‘After a few tries, she knew a human was no match for a thousand-pound horse, and untacked him in his stall.’
    • ‘After the march past at the end of the battle, it's off to the horselines again to cool the horses off and untack them, before heading back to living history to answer any queries from the public.’
    • ‘He untacked and unloaded the horses, then hobbled them and set them loose to graze.’
    • ‘After untacking and cooling down their horses, they bridled a few green three-year-olds, and rode bareback into the hunter jumper ring.’
    • ‘She untacked the tall stallion, putting his tack carefully aside, walking him outside, tying him to the well behind the barn.’
    • ‘I quickly untacked him in record time, then I hosed him off because it was a warm sunny day and he was kind of sweaty.’
    • ‘He untacked his horse and left it in an unoccupied stable.’
    • ‘The rest of their ride seemed to fly past, and they walked back to the barn in the dark, untacking, grooming and leading their ponies to the field in the crisp night air.’

Pronunciation

untack

/ʌnˈtak/