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post #1 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Just wondering if any of your horses do this

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.
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My current horses don't do anything to let you know they are in gait. I did have one that his ears would start twirling like helicopters and his teeth would click when gaiting and relaxed. That all went away when something caught his attention.
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quiet gaiter

My guy, 20 y/o in this picture, gaits at liberty. He is quiet with little head movement. He is a Peruvian.
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i'm not sure what breed your horse is,

My TWH does on occasion, but usually her snorts/growls are more at something

I was told that the Missouri Fox Trotters do make that noise when they are gaiting
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i'm not sure what breed your horse is,

My TWH does on occasion, but usually her snorts/growls are more at something

I was told that the Missouri Fox Trotters do make that noise when they are gaiting
sorry he is a TWH
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Not a sound out of mine. My old gaited Standarbred popped her bottom lip in time with her foot falls. I sounded like a bowl of popcorn going down the road at times.
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My old TWH would also bob his bottom lip in time with his gait and head nods while gaiting.
It didn't make a loud pop noise, but more of a softer bubble burst type of noise and it was so cute!
Every once in a while he would also do the gut gunt noise that geldings sometimes do, but in time with his gaits. Every other gelding I rode who did this same noise didn't have his rhythm.
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My old TWH would also bob his bottom lip in time with his gait and head nods while gaiting.
It didn't make a loud pop noise, but more of a softer bubble burst type of noise and it was so cute!
Every once in a while he would also do the gut gunt noise that geldings sometimes do, but in time with his gaits. Every other gelding I rode who did this same noise didn't have his rhythm.
Mine mainly just groans but on occasion he'll interrupt his groans to grunt with each step.
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I have a Missouri Fox Trotter and she doesn't make any special sounds when gaiting but she does have a weird fluttery nostril type sound, something like a snort, but more like a sigh, that she does from time to time. It's hard to describe, it's almost like she's sighing. Her son does it too, he's a 1/2 QH gelding. I had never heard horses do that fluttery "sigh" before. It makes me wonder if it's something physical that's hereditary, or if it's a learned behavior.

I have heard of horses clicking their teeth when they gait, or flopping their ears, but she does none of that.
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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.

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