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post #1 of 6 Old 03-19-2017, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Weird noise when lunging

So I've noticed this noise a few time in the horse. One time when free schooling we were messing around and he was having s whale of a time galloping and broncing and i was jogging around in front of him (he'd been stabled for a few days so was pretty hyped up as hes used to being out) and then he stopped, turned to face me and 'roared'. It was like a snort, but longer and didnt break into the normal snorting noise, just a long monotone grunt roar thing. Honestly sounded like a dinosaur, but he wasn't out of breath or anything but it felt quite aggressive so we stopped.
The second time was today, i was lunging him and he went on one rein fine (again hyped from being in) and then the next rein, he stopped dead, came closer to me and done the weird grunt roars again. Wasn't out of breath and i got on to ride and he was willing and fine.
I dont understand what it is, just worried its the start of a issue i should be looking at resolving but not sure what. Ive googled and it doesn't seem to fit the 'roaring' syndrome as he's absolutely fine when riding,only on the ground he'll do it. I'll try and get a video next time i lunge as he seems to always do it then.
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Very odd. It sounds like either possible stud/aggressive type behavior, or the roaring syndrome/disease, but it sounds like you ruled that out.

Yes a video would be helpful.

Is it anything like this?

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Its not as loud sounding or as long as that...but closer to that than a grunt yes! Its like hes shouting at me, but isnt ****ed off? I'll hopefully get a video tomorrow, hes been gelded for years and is out with mares so never thought to consider stud behaviour...could maybe be an idea though thanks!
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it's probably only a louder, longer snort of excitement. is his head held way up high?

also, be careful runnig around with a horse that is running and 'broncing'. it's a good way to get kicked if you get too close to an exuberant horse.
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He pushes his head towards me when doing it and then just stands still as if nothings been happening. At first i thought it was excitement, or maybe even 'ive had enough now' but just dont know as hes never been aggressive about it...

Been recording all our lunges and his free time in the school recently but hes not done it again... I'll keep trying and hopefully catch it soon.

Yes I'm always well out his way haha thank you for the concern! Usually just give a few steps of running in front and thats him, off like a rocket to spend that pent up energy. Scottish winters are just horrible. Its like he waits for me to start moving and he takes that as his cue that its ok to go!
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It's called "blowing" horses do it when they are excited and it has nothing to do with gender or aggression (though stallions tend to do it more as they tend to show off more).

I'm also concerned about you running around with him, they can just move so fast that no distance is "safe".
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