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    07-05-2008, 11:12 AM
Belly noise

Ever since we got our horses October of '07 they have made noises when they run. Well it is Dumas more than Twister. When he gets to moving like a fast trot. He makes these weired gut sounds when his feet hit the ground. I wish I could put the sound on here. Its like when you drink a lot of water and you can get your own belly sloshin around but its much louder and not as liquidly. It may be nothing but a friend of mine said that his dad always said it was from dehydration. Our guys get fresh water daily in a 50ish gallon tub. They always have water available. This may be nothing or I just have never noticed it on other horses before. What do you guys think?
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    07-05-2008, 12:07 PM
I've heard Gem do that too. I thought it meant that his sheath had to be cleaned. Though i'm sure that's not it.
    07-05-2008, 12:13 PM
I believe geldings make that noise when they need a sheath clean....
    07-05-2008, 12:18 PM
I don't know what a gut sounds has anything to do with needing their sheath to get cleaned but would love to see someone bring up a legit article to explain that it does.

I have heard this sound on many horses while being ridden. Heard it on both MARES and geldings which is why I find the sheath cleaning idea not sounding right. To me it sounds simply like it's them having gas pass thru their track as they are moving.
    07-05-2008, 03:33 PM
Gut sounds are something I hear when I'm very close to a growling tummy. The noise Dumas is describing sounds very much like the noise that geldings are notorious for exhibiting during a trot when the grime in their sheath has built up...I have never heard a mare make this noise. I know Dumas is a gelding- is Twister a gelding as well?
    07-05-2008, 03:36 PM
I've never heard anything besides a rumbly tummy from my mares, and that I can usually only hear when standing next to them. Only thing I get from Vida is the occasional trot farts
    07-05-2008, 03:39 PM
Only thing I get from Vida is the occasional trot farts
Hee :) that I did some research, it seems as if it is pocketed air moving around??? Some resources say that geldings and stallions make this noise when they are tense, or anxious?
    07-05-2008, 03:55 PM
We are definitely not talking about the same abd sounds.
    07-05-2008, 04:01 PM
Hee- communication breakdown :) How to describe a sound....? We need some great writers in here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    07-05-2008, 06:08 PM
I think Dumas described it correctly... the sound it similar to if a person were to do an exercise with a stomach full of water. I know if I drink a lot and then laugh, I hear it.

I'm not really sure how else to describe it, but it doesn't really seem to be coming from their belly, and I've only heard Gem, and other geldings do it at the trot or canter. Maybe it's their "bits" moving around more at faster speeds?

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