At the Council of Elrond, Gandalf relates a rumor that Rohan tributes horses to Mordor:
'"Are the men of Rohan still to be trusted, do you think?" I said to Gwaihir, for the treason of Saruman had shaken my faith.
'"They pay a tribute of horses," he answered, "and send many yearly to Mordor, or so it is said; but they are not yet under the yoke."
Aragorn worries that this may be true, but Boromir dismisses the possibility:
'Then he must be a noble beast indeed,' said Aragorn; 'and it grieves me more than many tidings that might seem worse to learn that Sauron levies such tribute. It was not so when last I was in that land.'
'Nor is it now, I will swear,' said Boromir. `It is a lie that comes from the Enemy. I know the Men of Rohan; true and valiant, our allies, dwelling still in the lands that we gave them long ago.'
`The shadow of Mordor lies on distant lands,' answered Aragorn. 'Saruman has fallen under it. Rohan is beset. Who knows what you will find there, if ever you return?'
`Not this at least.' said Boromir, 'that they will buy their lives with horses. They love their horses next to their kin.'
Months later, Aragorn still has his doubts about Rohan's allegiance when discussing the route of the Fellowship after the ascent up Caradhras has failed:
"Further south there are no passes, till one comes to the Gap of Rohan. I do not trust that way since your news of Saruman. Who knows which side now the marshals of the Horse-lords serve?"
But upon reaching Rohan, this dialogue occurs:
'But Gandalf spoke of a rumor that they pay tribute to Mordor,' said Gimli
'I believe it no more than did Boromir,' answered Aragorn.
Is any explanation given for why Aragorn entertained the rumor in Rivendell and Hollin but dismissed it in Rohan?