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post #1 of 25 Old 11-20-2013, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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As a UK member of the forum, I have noticed how there is a bit of a language difference between us here and you chaps in the USA.

For instance, I will take my horse on a 'hack' whilst you go on a 'trail'. I bring him in by putting on his headcollar, whereas you in the US use a halter.

And the word stable? Well, we kind of mix up it's meaning over here. The stable is the box where Papillon sometimes stands in, but 'the stables' can also be a way of referring to the whole riding school. Or I might say, 'the yard', which can mean the whole riding school or can literally mean the concrete hardstanding around which the stables are grouped. A barn is just a place we store hay!

We have an indoor and outdoor schooling area, and depending on who you listen to, they are 'the school, or 'the arena' or 'the manege'. No one can even agree how to spell that last one!

So, tell me, what words have YOU noticed that don't mean quite the same thing the other side of the Atlantic?
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post #2 of 25 Old 11-20-2013, 12:30 PM
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One that I couldn't for the life of me figure out was "agisting" or "agistment", apparently used in AU and a European countries. It sounds to me like it is the American equivalent of boarding, though.

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post #3 of 25 Old 11-20-2013, 12:30 PM
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Agistment!

Took me a while to sort that one out. I love how UK people speak - it sounds so fancy!
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post #4 of 25 Old 11-20-2013, 12:31 PM
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North Americans say "blanket a horse". UK says "Rug up a horse".

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post #5 of 25 Old 11-20-2013, 12:46 PM
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We don't say "napping". We might say "acting up" for that.
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post #6 of 25 Old 11-20-2013, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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I love how UK people speak - it sounds so fancy!
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Ha! You wouldn't say that if you could hear me! I don't exactly talk like Her Majesty!

Must admit, I've never heard of Agistment...and yes, Red Gate Farm, as you say, we talk of rugging while you would say blanketing.
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post #7 of 25 Old 11-20-2013, 02:50 PM
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I always got a kick out of my British friend saying whilst. Dunno why
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post #8 of 25 Old 11-20-2013, 02:52 PM
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And, "whining" verses "whinging".
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post #9 of 25 Old 11-20-2013, 03:56 PM
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Ditto on the napping - forgot that one.
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post #10 of 25 Old 11-20-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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So do you guys use the term 'stable'? Or is it a Barn??

Also, do you horses live out on paddocks or pastures or both?
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