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post #1 of 3 Old 07-24-2012, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Question about 'Roaring"

I have recently been randomly coming across more and more people discussing "roaring" in their horses. And lo and behold, I asked Drifter to canter tonight and he breathes very much in the way I would expect roarers to sound like from all that I have read. HOWEVER, I just came across this youtube video while trying to do more research and.....

He sounds EXACTLY like that horse when he canters. Exactly. It is not as loud or forceful when he gallops, but it is still there. The video says this noise is known as "high blowing" and should not be confused with roaring.

Would anyone be able to confirm this for me? Are there really differences between high blowing and roaring? Thanks all. If a video of Drifter is needed I will try to have a friend video us tomorrow while at the barn. Thanks all
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SO many school horses I've ridden have blown like that at the canter, especially just coming back from spelling. I think whistling/roaring is a bit more like a wheezy sound and is made when they breath IN, whereas blowing is made when they breathe OUT.
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thank you evil horse :)

Many of the horses I schooled on when I was taking lessons also made this sound. All I could think while reading about roaring was "they couldn't breathe and no one told me?!" ha ha.

Drifter definitely makes his noise as he exhales, so I am going to assume its high blowing and not roaring. It makes counting strides to a jump pretty darn easy thats for sure! Thank you again for clarifying. i didn't wanna write it off as "oh thats ok he's just high blowing" and have it turn out they were just 2 terms for the same condition and equal in their connotation.

I appreciate it!
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