dressage mare grunting a problem in competition?
This is a cross post of a thread under horse care. We are trying a mare who is a nice dressage horse for my daughter and she plans to compete in recognized shows on the horse at first/second level. (The mare does third level comfortably and is a good teacher.) The mare is really lovely, we have had a trial on her and we like her, but when she is being ridden she grunts. She is kind of a big lazy mare, but can put herself together nicely and do her job, but she kind of grunts through the whole thing. We wonder if this is a problem, either for the mare or for competition. Is there a special hidden demerit or even a secret coefficient for "grunts like a pig?"