Donald Redux wrote:
What IS the German word for that sound, if there is one?
For the cute little nickering sound you could say "brummeln", which actually describes a humming noise, but it is quite common for the soft nicker as well. You already have it in your collection of equine vocalizations
that you started on the first post of this
For the "whuffling" as Wendy used it (blowing out air, for example if the horse has dust in his nose or is very relaxed) we would say "schnauben".
It is so obvious that English and German are very related. Both those words, like so many in German, seem to resonate in my ear and brain as being the "correct," sound for the meaning intended.
I used to ride a German motorbike, and I loved the owner's manual. Auspufrohr (sp) was my favorite word for a long time. LOL
And Links, and Reckts (sp again) too, favorites. They just sound right.
Of course I've a number of German speaking ancestors, a few I knew - so some ancient buried memories may be effecting how I see German.
Betcha every native English speaker here can figure out what all three of those words mean without any hints.
(I suspect, just as it once did, the word for that motorbike part is going to resonate in my head for the rest of the day....LOL)