What does it mean when a horse sighs during workouts? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 9 Old 09-11-2013, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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What does it mean when a horse sighs during workouts?

When we work with our horse on the lead line, teaching her to walk when we walk, stop when we stop, and run along with us when we run, every now and again we will hear her give a sigh.
We aren't working her hard, just in a relaxed way, so we aren't wearing her out. Is this just because she is relaxing, or is she saying something else?

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-11-2013, 08:11 PM
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It's a sign that the horse is relaxed. There are 5 signs of that: cocking a back leg, licking their lips, sighing, head lowering, or blinking. It can also mean that your horse is thinking about what they just did.
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I'm pretty sure mine is sometimes praying, "Lord, why me? And of all the riders in the world, why him?" - but that is probably only my horse.

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I always praise my horse when he sighs or licks while we are working, I take it as a sign that he is relaxed and paying attention. Nothing over the top, just a "good boy" and a pat.


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Sometimes it can be boredom. This horse only BARELY tolerated dressage. His heart was in jumping. While doing dressage he would often actually MOAN loudly. Everyone would crack up.

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LOL! Yeah, that was my first thought.
But, I'm glad to hear that it can be a good sign. She doesn't moan loudly yet, though. LOL

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I'm pretty sure mine is sometimes praying, "Lord, why me? And of all the riders in the world, why him?" - but that is probably only my horse.

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post #7 of 9 Old 09-12-2013, 03:48 AM
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**The horse is relaxing**

A horse will pretty much hold there breath when not comfortable when they breath like that it is because they are relaxing. They could also be board and maybe you could move on to doing some tunes on the hing quarters or showmanship patterns.
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He's gorgeous too! (I meant to say that earlier)


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Sometimes it can be boredom. This horse only BARELY tolerated dressage. His heart was in jumping. While doing dressage he would often actually MOAN loudly. Everyone would crack up.

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A horse will pretty much hold there breath when not comfortable when they breath like that it is because they are relaxing. They could also be board and maybe you could move on to doing some tunes on the hing quarters or showmanship patterns.

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