Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Names for spooking
I am trying to figure out the proper names, or usual thing most people call different 'kinds' of spooks. For example, if someone says their horse 'bolted,' to me that means the horse got scared and took off running in the forward direction. If the horse 'spooked in place' I would think that the horse jumped/reacted but that the feet didn't actually go anywhere.
But what do you call it when the horse whirls about, regardless of they take off running after? Or if they seem to suddenly teleport sideways? Or, of particular interest to me, when they get low/drop out from under you first and then do either of the above? Do those have any good or fun names?
What's the difference between a 'startle' and a 'spook', if there is one?