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    12-14-2013, 02:41 PM
I think it's okay as long as the horse tolerates it. Where I work I kiss on all the horses who like it and their owners don't mind. :) The horse I groom regularly for absolutely LOVES kisses. I kiss his snout and he just can't get enough of it. ;) And no, it isn't weird at all.
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    12-14-2013, 02:49 PM
You shouldn't be asking us, you should be asking the owner.

If someone didn't ask permission to kiss on Sky, I wouldn't be very happy because it's disrespectful to do things without consent.
    12-14-2013, 02:58 PM
This is such a peculiar thread... xD

I agree with the above: ask the owner, not us.
For me, it would depend on the horse. My current Hunter can get a bit mouthy, and so the answer (Mostly to cover my own butt from a potential lawsuit issue) would be no.
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    12-14-2013, 03:58 PM
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.
    12-15-2013, 11:37 AM
Horses don't like pats or kisses or hugs; they tolerate them. What a horse is ok with is just standing along side a few feet away from it's jaw and looking where the horse looks, as tho you were another horse. It can take discipline to stand beside one and not touch it for 10 minutes.
    12-15-2013, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Horses would prefer a pat or treat to a strange predator grabbing its face. I kiss my horses, but at best I know they're only tolerating it because they're humoring the crazy old lady who feeds them.

Originally Posted by jbarring    

Sometimes she's just too adorable it's hard not to give her a smooch.
Despite most horses not really enjoying it and generally just tolerating it, I too will kiss a horse if 1. I know they will tolerate it ok, 2. The owner wouldn't mind, and 3. I just can't resist.

Personally I'm ok when someone I already knows kisses my horse, because he's goobery and they usually can't resist doing it, but will tell you he could take it or leave it. If you ask him, he would much rather have his tummy scratched instead.
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    12-15-2013, 02:26 PM
I don't mind if people kiss on my horses, but I'm also pretty confident they won't take a chunk out of their face in the process.

I can't remember the last time someone actually did kiss on them, but I mean, it's so hard not to give smooches to our cuties for horses ;)
    12-16-2013, 05:08 PM
I often find horse's irresistible and give them a kiss when their owner's aren't looking It's a little awkward to kiss a horse that isn't yours in front of their owner, haha. I usually *try* to only kiss horse's that aren't mine if I know the owner wouldn't care. I would say, in most cases, if you are allowed to ride the horse, it's probably ok to give them a little kiss :)
    12-16-2013, 05:09 PM
Originally Posted by Tracer    
It's not like the horse is her boyfriend.
I take my horses as seriously as I would take a boyfriend...
    12-16-2013, 05:20 PM
Originally Posted by poundinghooves    
I take my horses as seriously as I would take a boyfriend...
Haha. I bet. Lots of girls are like that. She is too.

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