Does anyone’s horse have a particular quirk or ritual?
One little mare I teach is full of character, and has this routine within the first few minutes of being ridden.
She gives a diaphragm wrenching cough, throwing her head to the floor, and coughs a couple more times, before “blowing her nose” and exhaling noisily and then “wiping her nose” on her foreleg. Akin to a child rubbing their nose on their sleeve.
The routine is so predictable her owner can direct the mare, in much the similar way as a parent with a full-of-cold child.
Once her nose is wiped, the mare continues her job as though nothing has happened, but it ha hilarious to watch.