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        05-16-2013, 08:45 AM
      #21
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    NOw I am feeliing really guilty. I hand feed , too.

    (shame on me!)


    What kind of cotton candy, gum drops and rainbows, forum have I joined?!?!?! First its, letting horses "eat" you so they can take a nap now its "HAND FEEDING TREATS!!?" And here I thought we were horsemen, now I find we are a bunch of "horse lovers".

    OK I'm just kidding.

    If the OP wants to "let" her horse do this its not skin off my noise. BUT, she can't be too upset if this turns into nipping or something worse. I personally am a little more "stand offish" when it comes to horses it not that I don't like them, its I have 20 horse at the camp I work at, and I can't have them rubbing, nipping or using or guests as a play toy. So because of that I will pet them but they aren't allowed to pet me. As far as treats, its funny or sad depending on how you look at it, but most of my horses won't take treats from anyone, apples, carrots I only have a few horses that will try them.
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        05-16-2013, 08:54 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    I'm a bad horse mom. I hand feed and make him beg for treats.
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        05-16-2013, 09:06 AM
      #23
    Super Moderator
    I hand feed my gelding, I let him nuzzle and groom me, as long as he's polite, and he has the cute habit to sniff an nuzzle my hair when I lead him and he's walking behind me. He'll place his nose very close or over my head and take deep breaths, sometimes he'll rub my hair with his nose lightly - but hey, it works for us. He's got the history of a very nippy horse, though, so he knows there's a strict discipline regarding how far can he go in our mutual grooming rituals, and I won't let anyone whose horsemanship skills I don't know to hand feed him.
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        05-16-2013, 09:15 AM
      #24
    Super Moderator
    I guess we all have those little things we allow our horses to do because we know and trust them and for a lot of us they are as much pets as our dogs are
    Flo licks our faces - she also licks our Vets face - but after 18 years I like to believe that she'd never dream of biting. Would I suggest to someone else that they should allow it? No, would I trust every horse I own to do it? No. Its actually a really silly thing to let her do but we do it all the same
    If I had a concern with the clothing thing it would be that it might develop into a chewing habit that spread to ropes and rugs etc and then the risk of damage or choke
    But who am I to criticize!!!
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        05-16-2013, 09:19 AM
      #25
    Showing
    Our welsh was mouthy with hands which I didn't allow. A fellow and I were chatting outside, his arms were folded. The pony began to push at his hand so I warned him that he'd likely get bitten. No, he's sucking my thumb. Talk about disbelief. The pony was content with his "soother". That explained his mouthiness with the hands as he'd never been hand fed.
         
        05-16-2013, 04:55 PM
      #26
    Foal
    I think I am a bad person. I hand feed my horse treats when he gets nervous about things. I am sure there is a million things wrong with doing that but he is really food motivated, so those monstrous jump standards that were just coming to get him aren't so bad when they offer him food. Same with the terrifying hose, detangler spray and cows. That being said he never begs for food or gets lippy and the moment he nuzzles me for a treat he gets scolded.
         
        05-16-2013, 07:37 PM
      #27
    Foal
    My horse doesnt mouth me... but she does have this odd thing she likes to do- she, in occasiin- like to stick her nose in my face and inale/exhale very deeply. When she does it, she very intent- eyes wide, ears forward. When doung groundwork, if she doesnt get her "cuddle" (when she does something well, or tried exceptionally well, I let her come up to me and rest her head in my chest) she turns into an over reactive lunatic. She's not very affectionate, but its like she needs the reassurance.

    Neither one of those things I allow (for the most part) other horses, but I do let her have a few quirks- as she's proven that she's willung to put up with mine!
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        05-16-2013, 09:00 PM
      #28
    Green Broke
    All of you are bad kids! Shaaaaaame! ;) If I didnt know better Id say you are a bunch of softies.
         
        05-16-2013, 09:43 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    I've always hand fed treats... I did have problems with it with one horse but I kicked his butt when he started laying his ears back to get a treat. It took about 3 times and then I'd clear my throat or point a finger at him and even if he was in the middle of chasing another horse, he'd stop and look at me with both ears forward.

    My gelding now isn't allowed to graze when in a halter or bridle. He is very pushy and was 'taught' to drag you around with his head, (he was 9 when we got him, and already 'trained'.). I find it much easier to handle him if he is never allowed to graze while I have something on his head. I might change that someday, but for now it's my solution.
         
        05-16-2013, 09:50 PM
      #30
    Showing
    The pushy one who always tried to be in my space, even after consistenly backing him away has finally figured it out. He might get a treat after he backs out of my space. It's never been about mugging for treats, he likes to be close to people. He is such a gentle soul, they both are.
         

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