Originally Posted by Diegosmom
My horse lets me know when he is in gait cause he snorts with every step.
When he is pacing he is quiet and then as soon as he goes into gait its snort snort snort timed up with his head bobbing.
This can mean a lot of things. It could be an indication of work load (he's laboring; you hear this in humans, too). It could be an indication of a physical issue (maybe a breathing problem). It could be habit from prior work (he's likely a former show horse, and we know what they go through).
I've got a mare that "grunts" when you mount her, sometimes when she moves, and sometimes while she's eating!!! The mounting and movement I can understand, but eating grain?!?!?!
There can also be a "fitness" issue. Sometimes correct movement requires a different level of fitness and strength than a "sloppy" movement. Over time this behavior might less or go away, but sometimes it just holds on as a bad habit.