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    12-29-2012, 02:30 PM
Horse Licking

Okay, so this may seem odd, but I was wondering if this was healthy for my horse.

Breeze likes to lick things. She licks buckets (empty and on the outside), chairs, the vehicles, windows on the vehicles, people, cats, dogs, other horses, eats snow, etc. She does have a salt lick in her corral, and use to have a mineral tub, so she doesn't need stuff like that. But she licks EVERYTHING!!

I don't let her lick me to much, or at all. Yesterday, she licked my face, but I stopped her, so I can prevent a bad habit from happening.

Is this natural, or should I stop her from licking everything, besides what she can lick (salt lick)

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    12-29-2012, 02:32 PM
Green Broke
Well I would think that she is missing something in her diet but if she has salt and minerals, not sure why.
    12-29-2012, 02:32 PM
Sounds kinda cute to me lol! Like a really big puppy dog.
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    12-29-2012, 02:33 PM
Green Broke
Or maybe wants to taste before taking a bigger bite?? Ooooooooooo
    12-29-2012, 02:33 PM
It is cute! I thought it was really funny how she licked my face yesterday! I just don't want it to turn into a bad habit.
    12-29-2012, 02:34 PM
Originally Posted by nvr2many    
Or maybe wants to taste before taking a bigger bite?? Ooooooooooo
But she can lick something for like 5 minutes, and not take a bite!
    12-29-2012, 02:46 PM
Green Broke
Some horses are just mouthy. Our Appy is that way. He'll lick everything. Even the metal gate in wither with freezing temps. I've seen him lick another horse like a dog.
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    12-29-2012, 02:53 PM
My neighbor has a horse just like that. He licks the salt of your hands, and he licks panels, and even wood, which is weird because he just licks it but does not bite it.
    12-29-2012, 03:29 PM
Add loose salt to her tub. The lick could be giving her a sore tongue, and she may not be getting enough.
    12-29-2012, 04:08 PM
Ditto the loose salt I know my horses wont lick on the salt blocks when its real cold. Could be lacking in salt because she's not licking the block. In winter I give mine loose salt they don't like licking on the blocks when it real cold out.

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