My husband grew up on a farm and so has some experience with horses. His two brothers are also genuine ranching cowboys. Lately, however, DH has been giving me grief because I am working on teaching my horse to lope and jog (for WP), rather than trot and canter. He thinks it is ridiculous that I use different terms for lope, canter and gallop because he thinks they are all the same thing. To him, a hand gallop is when you smack the horse on the behind with your hand to get it to move a little faster. Forget about having a conversation about collected, extended or normal walk, trot and canter. Sometimes I think it would be easier if he had no experience at all. As it is, he thinks he knows a whole lot more about horses than he really does and dismisses what he doesn't know as stupid and useless.
A good friend of ours also rides and was trained by a REAL cowboy. For him, there are three gaits; fast, slow and "give 'er snot"
As for my brothers in law, they know everything there is to know about horses and riding so there is no point even trying to carry on a conversation about horses with them. According to them, English riding is for sissies who don't really know how to ride and English horses are not really trained to do anything. A horse that you cannot rope a cow off of is either stupid or untrained.
Sometimes knowing a bit can be a whole lot worse than knowing nothing at all.