07-05-2013, 03:48 PM
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That is a posture horses adopt when first meeting another horse if they are unsure of their position, or want to express excitement and possibly a willingness to push for dominance. If you allowed the horses to sniff each other , nose to nose, I bet your mare would squeal and maybe strike out with her front foot. That's why it's never a good idea to allow two strange horses to "meet" on the trail.