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post #1 of 13 Old 12-29-2012, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 13 Old 12-29-2012, 02:32 PM
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Well I would think that she is missing something in her diet but if she has salt and minerals, not sure why.

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post #3 of 13 Old 12-29-2012, 02:32 PM
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sounds kinda cute to me lol! Like a really big puppy dog.
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-29-2012, 02:33 PM
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Or maybe wants to taste before taking a bigger bite?? Ooooooooooo

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post #5 of 13 Old 12-29-2012, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-29-2012, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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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!
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-29-2012, 02:46 PM
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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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post #8 of 13 Old 12-29-2012, 02:53 PM
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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.

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post #9 of 13 Old 12-29-2012, 03:29 PM
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Add loose salt to her tub. The lick could be giving her a sore tongue, and she may not be getting enough.
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-29-2012, 04:08 PM
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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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