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post #1 of 8 Old 12-15-2011, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question Why is my horse doing this with his tongue? With a video!

Every now and then while I'm preparing a meal for the horses Legacy will start doing this funky thing with his tongue. He doesn't do it all the time, maybe every few weeks or so. I've never seen another horse do this before.
Anyone got any ideas on why he might be going this?
He does it about 1:55sec into the video. I haven't noticed if he always does it after a run around the pasture or not.
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-15-2011, 08:02 PM
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Mac does that too, sometimes. It's like he slings his loose tongue around in circles. For him, it's away to show his impatience.

That wirey looking thing sticking out at eye height had me kind of creeped out and worried. Looks dangerous .
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Mac does that too, sometimes. It's like he slings his loose tongue around in circles. For him, it's away to show his impatience.

That wirey looking thing sticking out at eye height had me kind of creeped out and worried. Looks dangerous .
Glad to know my horse isn't the only one who does it lol sometimes he does it so much he's smacking himself in the face with it, it's pretty funny to watch, but I was kinda worried there was something wrong.

It's some kinda of bracket, there is normally a large piece of wood in there so it's only sticking out while I'm feeding the horses, I use the wood(I think it's a 4x4 or 6x6)to block the barn door so Legacy and the donkey can't come in while I'm making the food, only Blue is allowed in because I feed him first then clean the barn, do the water and get the others food ready.

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Lacey does that too! She also does it around feeding time, usually after she's been worked but sometimes she does it when I'm feeding her and haven't made her do anything first. I just think she's yawning.

I read somewhere once that one reason horses yawn is to release stress (not sure if I agree since I've seen plenty of stressed, non-yawning horses, but maybe they weren't releasing it enough? I don't know) and that theory kinda fits with when I've seen Lacey and other horses yawn. Usually it's after a time of low-key stress.
For Lacey, I figure that she's just kinda shrugging off the stress from being ridden and relaxing because she's home and she's about to be fed.
Legacy could be releasing the stress of "When am I going to be fed? Now? Now? Now! She's here! I'M SO EXCITED!!!!" with his yawning... Also, Legacy is a gorgeous boy! Lacey wants him to be her boyfriend. Haha!
For Mac too, the need to be patient when he doesn't want to be patient is most likely a source of stress. I know it is for me in my life! Haha

I don't really know for sure, obviously, but that's just how I interpret it.

Alternatively, we can just interpret it as them being ridiculously adorable!!

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-16-2011, 10:59 AM
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ya, I've seen a couple do this. FUNNY! I think it's a hurry up! I'm so excited i'm getting grain! Thing. LOL

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post #6 of 8 Old 12-16-2011, 10:12 PM
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Yup. My horse does that after he gets a LONG drink. Totally normal. (:
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-17-2011, 07:26 PM
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yea... I have an NH trainer that comes out to help me with Indio (my gelding) on the ground. I had never seen him yawn like that until she came out and started working with him. She says it's a great sign that he's just relaxed and releasing stress.

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-18-2011, 12:51 AM
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bhahaha that's exactly what my mare does at dinner time - cracks me up everytime

This is her doing it... (And me being a dork with the music)

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