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post #1 of 9 Old 01-10-2008, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Snorting....LOUDLY?

I don't know if this goes in this section or not, but just curious if loud snorting is normal and if it is common? Whenever Thunder lets loose in the arena and gets worked up (whether from me or just him running around) he starts snorting sooooooooooooo loudly!!! his nostrils get huge lol and it echoes in the arena :roll: . I don't recall hearing other horses snort THAT loud especially after practically no work. they do a little but this is silly.....he was compared to a pig snorting today
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-10-2008, 04:24 AM
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Yes, snorting loudly is normal. Some horses do it when they are excited or alarmed.

I'm not sure exactly why they do it but i've seen heaps of horses do it.
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-10-2008, 12:29 PM
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I've seen plenty of horses get snorty when their excited.. Particularly at a show or before a class. I don't think its really a common behavior of a frightened horse, I've never seen a frightened horse snort.. I think its just when they get excited, they don't really know what to do with all their pent up energy and they trot around and snort. =]
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post #4 of 9 Old 01-10-2008, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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lol ok! ya it's mainly when he gets excited and worked up. thanks!
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-10-2008, 06:09 PM
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A lot at my yard do it at the start of a lesson when they get the idea that we're going to be doing something exciting like cantering or jumping, particularly the younger ones, so I do think it's excitement!
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-25-2008, 05:59 AM
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Im pretty sure horses snort loudly when they are happy or excited.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-25-2008, 07:47 AM
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A lot at my yard do it at the start of a lesson when they get the idea that we're going to be doing something exciting like cantering or jumping, particularly the younger ones, so I do think it's excitement!
I think the younger ones do it more too. My old gals don't snort much but the fillys get excited and snort like little piggies
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-25-2008, 09:34 PM
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A lot at my yard do it at the start of a lesson when they get the idea that we're going to be doing something exciting like cantering or jumping, particularly the younger ones, so I do think it's excitement!
I think the younger ones do it more too. My old gals don't snort much but the fillys get excited and snort like little piggies
LOL they should totally make a "emoticon" for laughing AND crying in the same face.
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-07-2008, 02:33 PM
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Horses will snort loudly when they are frightened too. Oneday, I was riding my horse passed about 200 head of cows that she had never seen (so many at once). They took an interest in us and walked up near the fence. This freaked her out! I think she thought they were predators. She began trembling and snorting quite loudly. And was in the fright & flight mode and HELLO forgot I was even on her back.

She seems to do this when she is alarmed, panicked and excited, but then again she is a flighty arab. So the best thing I can do is to distract and reassure her in these situations.

When horses snort, I'm not real sure if they are attempting to clear their nasal passages to capture the scent, or an attempt to warn other horses of danger, or an attempt to keep the predator at a distance???
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