What do you call a croaky equine? Before we can answer that question, we need to know the difference between \u201chorse\u201d and \u201choarse.\u201d These terms sound the same when spoken, but they differ significantly in meaning, so you won\u2019t want to get them confused in your writing.\n\nLet\u2019s take a look, then, at the difference between \u201chorse\u201d and \u201choarse.\u201d\nHorse (Equine Animal)\nA horse is a large equine mammal, often found on a farm or in stable, and typically used for riding, carrying loads, or pulling a vehicle:\nThe horse galloped majestically across the field.\nA carriage won\u2019t go far without a horse to pull it.\nThis sense of \u201chorse\u201d is usually a noun, but it can also be used adjectivally. For example, in the term \u201chorse race,\u201d it modifies the noun \u201crace.\u201d\n\nIn addition, \u201chorse\u201d sometimes refers to an upright frame designed to be loaded or mounted, such as a \u201cclothes horse\u201d and a \u201cpommel horse\u201d:\nShe draped the sheets over the clothes horse to let them dry.\nHe leapt atop the pommel horse and began his routine.\nThese are much less common than the four-legged animal usage, though!\n\n[caption id="attachment_11207" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Technically, you could use an actual horse to dry your clothes. But a clothes horse is less likely to run away.(Photo: WolfBlur\/Pixabay)[\/caption]\nHoarse (Rough or Harsh)\nTo be \u201choarse\u201d is to have a rough or harsh voice, often through illness or overuse. We could use it as follows, for example:\nA hoarse voice rang out in the darkness.\nYou\u2019ll end up feeling hoarse if you keep shouting like that.\nI had a cold last week, so I still sound a little hoarse.\nIn all cases, this term is an adjective. It\u2019s also important not to mix up \u201cbeing a little hoarse\u201d (i.e., having a sore throat) with \u201cbeing a little horse\u201d (i.e., a Shetland pony). If you find a pony with a sore throat, though, all bets are off.\nSummary: Horse or Hoarse?\nAlthough these words sound the same, they have very different meanings:\n\n \tThe noun horse typically refers to the four-legged mammal that people use for riding, pulling heavy loads, and other tasks.\n \tThe adjective hoarse is used to describe a voice as harsh or rough.\n\nThere\u2019s no trick to telling these words apart, unfortunately. But the fact that \u201choarse\u201d has only one usage \u2013 to describe a rough voice \u2013 should make it easier to avoid errors. And if you\u2019d like anyone to check the spelling in a document, why not submit it for proofreading today?