Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
There are two parts- first: the horse. Some horses can be dangerous if you get your face all up in theirs, either biting or smacking you in the face with their head. Others love attention in all forms, even the weird stuff (from a horse point of view) that human seem to like to do including hugging and kissing on them.
The second part is the owner: is it someone you know, and how do they interact with their horse? I would never get all snuggly with a stranger's horse, or someone who is physically distant with their horse, but it's different with folks I know, especially if they're snuggly with the horse themselves. So if I'm friends with both the owner and the horse and am feeling so inclined, I will hug or kiss on them if the horse seems okay with it or enjoys the attention. I've never had anyone seem weirded out or uncomfortable with it.
I am also guilty of what I call 'corporal cuddling', a play off corporal punishment. Usually I use it on cats, but it's also effective on horses that aren't dangerous, but are just a little too 'all up in my business,' but not exactly the cuddly type. I'll bear-hug their head, which they usually don't like and resist a bit, and only release them when they relax and stand quietly with me bear hugging their face. Then I let them go. Usually they decide they'd rather not get forcibly cuddled again (it is adversive to them) and will stay out of my space. You have to choose your targets carefully though, as it obviously doesn't work on the puppy-dog type horses and could be dangerous with legitimately reactive or dangerous horses.
Last edited by Sharpie; 12-14-2013 at 04:04 PM.