is looking. There may be something
in the distance that is a legitimate
threat, or it could be that the horse
is fearful of something benign.
2) The horse could be snorting at
you if you’re doing new groundwork
or establishing boundaries with a
previously unhandled horse. The
horse needs to have some deference
for the handler (and he will come
to trust you in time). However,
remember that a snorting horse is
feeling threatened and may be willing to act out.
squeal; skw l
a long, high-pitched
cry or noise.
What it is: Most often heard from
mares, but any horse may squeal.
When horses squeal, it is usually a
warning of horse-on-horse violence.
What it Means: A mare will
squeal to repel the advances of a
stallion, but it may also indicate
two horses meeting for the first
time. They will sniff one another,
then one will squeal as a threat of
aggression. Often one horse will
back down after a squeal, but if they
both remain engaged, a strike or kick
can come next. If a person is in the
middle of horses as they become
aggressive, it can be very dangerous.
How to Respond:
1) Make sure to get any people
away from horses that are squealing.
2) If horses are loose in a field and
getting used to one another and you
hear squealing, you don't have to
break it up, but it's a good idea to
3) Evaluate the situation, use your
best judgment, and make sure that
all horses and people are safe.
JULIE GOODNIGHT shares her lessons
on her RFD-TV show, Horse Master (also
online at tv.juliegoodnight.com), and through
clinics and expos. HEIDI MELOCCO (www.
whole-picture.com) is a lifelong horsewoman, equine journalist, and photographer.
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