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post #1 of 19 Old 09-09-2010, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Unusual habit :P

my mare licks me...my face, my arms, my clothes.
what does this mean?
is it just that she is getting the natural salts out of my skin?
when she does it she gets the look on her face like....well she closes her eyes looking like she is half asleep.
its not annoying its just....yer
so what does it mean?
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post #2 of 19 Old 09-09-2010, 08:24 PM
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I have no idea but my gelding does it from time to time! He like goes to town licking my jacket especially but with lick your hands arms whatever! He's never gotten my face yet tho!

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post #3 of 19 Old 09-09-2010, 11:10 PM
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I would definitely be making sure she has access to a salt/mineral supplement...if it's a loose mineral, that is probably best...I'm not a fan of blocks, as I think they probably get tired of licking and gnawing before they really get enough.

I certainly wouldn't allow that behavior though, as IF she were ever to decide to chew on you, rather than lick, it could end with very painful results for you...I know, I know, she's your baby, and she would never bite you...but seriously, she's a horse, with a very large mouth, and bite range...just don't allow those teeth (or tongue) on or near you.

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i know :P i have been bitten heaps of times (not from her) but i do know she could be accident. and i do push her away when she does it :P
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She's tasting you to check how much more seasoning you need?

I don't know but I'd say minerals and salts she might be getting off your skin or it could just be a form of affection and acceptance.

My mare will lick and lick and lick if I have an apple and I'm eating it in front of her or any treat she likes for the matter. My gelding does it if he's nervous or unsure about something, it seems to calm him. He'll lick, snort, lick, snort, prance, lick...

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post #6 of 19 Old 09-16-2010, 04:12 AM
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My neighbors' cob stallion does the licking thing too! I think his reason is just to say 'your the boss' or maybe he just wants a treat. Oh and he licks women and bites men...

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its hard to say, but it could just be affection--or you being welcomed as part of the herd; horses tend to have grooming buddies--maybe shes just returning the favor
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during winter my besties 16.3hh part clydie, part arab, part everything else lol (somebody jumped the fence ;) ) will lick her hands to warm them up, in summer he doesn't do it, and he will not do it to anybody else!

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post #9 of 19 Old 09-16-2010, 10:47 AM
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If you have been sweating, she is probably licking the salt off of you. Maybe add some loose salt to her feed....
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post #10 of 19 Old 09-16-2010, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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she has a salt and mineral block anyway and she still does it

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