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post #11 of 37 Old 05-04-2011, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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I know that horses will lick where there is rust. Some just like the taste of it and I've heard that they will lick rust because they are lacking a mineral. I can understand them licking us for the salt when we sweat.

Our Ghost licks the hay manger after eating, the metal gate when we take him back out to pasture, your hands, arms, clothes, even your face if he can. He never bites. He likes to play with his bowl after eating too. He'll hand you his bowl if you're standing there or he'll throw it on the ground to let you know he's done and wants more, lol!

I know he wasn't weaned early. It was at 6 months old. Our TWH was weaned around 6 or 8 weeks old but she doesn't lick at all. They have a salt/mineral block in their pasture. It must just be his 'thing'.

The other horse I knew that did it, I had only seen a few times, but she would lick everything too. Both are Appys and they both are about 5 yo. Maybe it will go away as they get older. It doesn't really bother me. I just think it's amusing.

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post #12 of 37 Old 05-04-2011, 04:42 PM
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Three of my seven are lick-aholics! Arthur, Excel, and Lenox will stand and lick my hands for as long as I'll let them. I've never quite understood what the obsession is
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post #13 of 37 Old 05-04-2011, 05:17 PM
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Soda will bite the metal gate if I'm taking Lily out instead of him.. And the barn if he thinks I'm not paying him enough attention.
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post #14 of 37 Old 05-04-2011, 06:17 PM
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My QH gelding licks a lot too LOL He used to lick our jackets like crazy! He has a salt and a mineral blocks in his stall but doesn't use them much.

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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post #15 of 37 Old 05-04-2011, 07:12 PM
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Starlite loooves to lick your hand, up your arm & clothing. Sometimes in mid-lick she'll yawn and her tongue will just hang out on your hand for a minute, so funny! LOL. She wasn't always like that, maybe just the past 2 years I've really noticed it. She is a Standardbred/QH. She also started chewing on crossties in the last year...not too often, but she never did before so it was something I noticed.

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post #16 of 37 Old 05-04-2011, 08:15 PM
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My Hano is an obsessive licker. Skin, clothing, your hair, his stall, crossties, the wall, whatever is in front of him. I've had to curb his licking with people a bit. He likes to lick, lick, nip!

I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.
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post #17 of 37 Old 05-04-2011, 09:51 PM
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Dude loves to lick hands/arms/clothing. I don't mind it since it doest bother me as long as he doesn't shove his nose into me, so I don't normally correct him. If someone else at the barn puts their hand in his stall, that's on them, they can get licked to death, lol. We all know each other and are pretty tight-nit, so it's never been an issue. Horses so horse things. :p
He hasn't bit as far as I know, so it's cool with me. :p It calms him down and it's adorable, that's cool with me.(:
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post #18 of 37 Old 05-05-2011, 03:00 AM
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Thank you franknbeans, I'll look it up...
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post #19 of 37 Old 05-05-2011, 05:58 AM
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My tb Apache will lick just about anything. What he licks the most is his own lips, I've noticed he does it more the more he relaxes. I've seen him stand there licking his lips for a good couple of minutes straight. If you offer it he'll lick your hand.

My qh Sammy licks things occassionally. The most he has done it was one morning when I was eating my cereal out in the paddock (a bit random) sitting on the fence. He came up wanting attention and a share in the food. I gave him a bit of the dry stuff and he seemed to like it. For ages after that and after I had finished eating he stood there licking my hands and my pants and shirt it was weird hehe. Normally though he bites not people just random stuff. He doesn't suck on it or anything just holds it in his mouth. I've seen him bite a tree branch (just hold it then let go), he often bites the leadrope when tied up (sometimes resulting in untieing himself) and just holds it in his mouth. Offer anything to him and he'll eat it if edible or just hold it in his mouth for awhile before dropping it.

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post #20 of 37 Old 05-10-2011, 04:50 PM
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Rebel is an Anglo arab and he's obsessive with licking xD Hold out your hand and he'll lick you all day.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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