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Old 08-11-2008, 10:27 AM   #1
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Default Horse riding?

Do you women that ride just 'ride' or 'horseride'? The qualifying word horse used to be omitted, but now it seems customary to specify it; but Noyes's verses would, I think, lose something if you had to specify his mount:

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
Riding—riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

   
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We just ride. I get very confused when cyclists talk about 'riding'.

   
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I'll bicycle if you'll horse. ;-)

   
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ann: We just ride.
So do we here in the US...


>>I get very confused when cyclists talk about 'riding'.

Me too...'-}}

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It seems that context is everything these days. To me, "riding" means cycling. To my buddy Frank, "riding" means motorcycling. To a snowboarder, "riding" means boarding. The other day one of my clients said she was going "riding". I just drew a blank (assumed she didn't mean snowboarding, in August!) until I learned she's one of the horsey set.

   
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I'll bicycle if you'll horse. ;-)
Ooh, how painful. Oooh!

   
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It seems that context is everything these days. To me, "riding" means cycling. To my buddy Frank, "riding" means motorcycling. To a snowboarder, "riding" means boarding. The other day one of my clients said she was going "riding". I just drew a blank (assumed she didn't mean snowboarding, in August!) until I learned she's one of the horsey set.
Yep! We're all right in our own eyes.
Divided, as ever, by a common language.

   
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LOL - yes, it's just riding. If I'm talking to someone who may not know I have a horse I might say, "I'm going to ride my horse." Someone who doesn't have a horse and rides only rarely might say with some enthusiasm, "I'm going horseback riding on Sunday!" But AFAIK nobody says, "I'm going to horseride" or "I'm going to horseback ride." The verb is "to ride", whatever the conveyance.

   
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The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
Riding—riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.
And to focus on the rider in the verse, the highwayman (male) would most definitely have ridden a horse. No argument there even in this day and age, as none of the other ridden means of transport had been invented.

   
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And to focus on the rider in the verse, the highwayman (male) would most definitely have ridden a horse. No argument there even in this day and age, as none of the other ridden means of transport had been invented.
And even if it had, what self-respecting highwayman would be seen on, say, a unicycle?

   
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