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post #31 of 35 Old 12-18-2013, 01:24 PM
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Wow! I can't even imagine anyone having an issue with someone kissing their horse. I am totally fine with anyone being kind and gentle to any of my critters. I mean, I would prefer they ask before feeding them anything but giving them a kiss? Go for it, as long as it isn't freaky and the horse doesn't mind.

I have to admit I am sometimes taken back by people that are so " IT'S MINE! DON'T TOUCH!" I wouldn't ever want my horses to have less attention simply because I am over possessive.
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post #32 of 35 Old 12-18-2013, 04:16 PM
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Wow! I can't even imagine anyone having an issue with someone kissing their horse. I am totally fine with anyone being kind and gentle to any of my critters. I mean, I would prefer they ask before feeding them anything but giving them a kiss? Go for it, as long as it isn't freaky and the horse doesn't mind.

I have to admit I am sometimes taken back by people that are so " IT'S MINE! DON'T TOUCH!" I wouldn't ever want my horses to have less attention simply because I am over possessive.
Well we exist, and I'm definitely not over possessive. It's simply respectful to ask the owner's permission.

My horse is a total sweetheart but when you invade a horse's space, especially as a stranger, you have no idea what will happen.

Therefore, I rather they ask before they go all smoochy smooch lovey dovey on my equally as lovely horse.

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post #33 of 35 Old 12-18-2013, 05:24 PM
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I agree with asking the owner, just to make sure that all bases are covered. The horse may have had a biting issue in the past, so now they are super careful about who does what, you never know. I would much rather someone pet/kiss my horse than randomly walk by always feeding them treats by hand, especially if the horse has an allergy, or starts to get nippy. That being said, I agree that I don't want my horses to always be put in a bubble, and no one can do anything with them unless I'm there, they deserve lots of attention, and in the case of my Arabian, she was soooooo one person oriented because of crap in her past that I practically threw her at other people, because I wanted her to learn that other people were safe as well. But if I happen to have a horse I know is nippy, or invades your space, I will nicely ask people to not do certain things so that everyone is safe, and I don't have to undo training, or issues caused by other people doing certain things that just don't work with said horse. Quite a few horses I know don't mind or even really like kissing and hugs, but just about fall over in happiness if you actually scratch their itchy spots instead, much like a herd mate will.
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post #34 of 35 Old 12-18-2013, 09:31 PM
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Ask the owner for sure. You never know how they feel about it or how the horse is going to react.

My buckskin gelding, Dusty had no idea what kisses were. I gave me a peck on the jaw the other day and he heard the smooch noise, moved off and started lunging around me at a lope. He had it ingrained that the noise meant lope and he was just trying to be a good boy. Since i'm marketing him for beginners and kids, I went back and gave him about a million kisses till he understood that THOSE kisses meant stand still and get loved on.
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post #35 of 35 Old 02-03-2014, 06:13 PM
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It all boils down to lack of respect for someone else's property.
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