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post #1 of 18 Old 04-29-2009, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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nosies while lunging

When I lunge Calvin he makes like a grunting noise. I do not think I should be worried but I was just like what the heck. I lunge with the saddle on so maybe the saddle is bouncing a hurting him? Does anyone else horses do this?

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post #2 of 18 Old 04-29-2009, 09:29 AM
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He may just be tight, which makes his breathing a little labored sounding. I don't think I would worry about it too much. Is he a pretty reliable, broke horse?
Does anything come after the grunting? Does he only grunt with the saddle on?

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post #3 of 18 Old 04-29-2009, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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He seems to grunt anytime I lunge him saddle or not. He does really well undersaddle. I might go and work with him again this weekend I just looked the weatehr and it looks pretty good. So I am going to have to pay attention this weekend.

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post #4 of 18 Old 04-29-2009, 09:49 AM
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It could be a pain issue. Try doing some stretches/flexing before you start. Just like a human they need to get their muscles warmed up before they do major exercise.
Vida will grunt when she has to out run someone to the feed dish, so its fairly common.


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post #5 of 18 Old 04-29-2009, 10:55 AM
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is it sort of a squonky-grunting noise?
a LOT of horses, when being lunged or ridden, make a sort of "grunting" noise I suppose you could describe it that way... as their penis moves in and out of their sheath.

I kid you not, some horses do it all the time some horses only do it when their sheath needs to be cleaned

I am assuming that's whats going on with your gelding :) stallions do it too
And the best part is its totally normal, my horse does it too sometimes

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is it sort of a squonky-grunting noise?
A LOT of horses, when being lunged or ridden, make a sort of "grunting" noise I suppose you could describe it that way... as their penis moves in and out of their sheath.

I kid you not, some horses do it all the time some horses only do it when their sheath needs to be cleaned
Actually it's the sheath itself opening and closing. Not the penis moving. Clean or not - it's the amount of air movement.
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It's called the Gelding Gronk. There's even a poem about the noise, I'll see if I can find it.

I've also read where some people think that when the horse is tense it happens more often. When tense the ribs, flank and sheath sort of suck up which may cause the noise.

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It's called the Gelding Gronk. There's even a poem about the noise, I'll see if I can find it.

I've also read where some people think that when the horse is tense it happens more often. When tense the ribs, flank and sheath sort of suck up which may cause the noise.
that's what it's called! XD I had an old TWH gelding who would make that noise all the time. My nine year old does it only occasionally. My dad thought it was abnormal that he doesn't do it

Wait! I'll fix it....
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post #9 of 18 Old 05-01-2009, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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okay I will see if he will streach. Thanks guys and I do know about the whole sheath thing.

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Wow, always something new to learn about horses. I used to think maybe the horse I am riding had something wrong with her. She would sneeze periodically during our ride, over and over again. THEN I figured out, that she does it when she is being 'made' to do something and not getting her own way. She's not totally stubborn but if she can take advantage of her rider she will. As soon as she realizes she's not going to get away with her games, she sneezes
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