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        01-13-2013, 05:05 PM
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    I also think it depends on the horse, and the situation. If the horse is just rubbing his head on you ALL the time, that's nothing but a sign of disrespect. Now, if you've just taken off his sweaty bridle, and he rubs on you, I see that as he really is just itchy. Now, I never let them drag their heads on my body- I'll stick my arms out, and rub on their face for them. All of my horses are still extremely respectful of me, so I don't see it a problem.
         
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        01-15-2013, 10:32 AM
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    Yearling
    My guys love it if I just hold my fingernails still and up in the air and they will rub their heads up and down so my nails will get the itchy spots they want - tough on the nails tho - hard to have nice fingernails AND horses...LOL! So much for that french manicure....
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        01-15-2013, 11:32 AM
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    Its up to you. Some people don't mind. I, however, do. I hate when I take off a bridle and the horse tries to rub its head on me. They're strong animals and it doesnt take much for me to be thrown. I don't allow it.

    I take a towel and rub his head for him and he's just as happy, but I do it on MY terms, not his.
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        01-15-2013, 11:47 AM
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    Trained
    He can't just rub in me like I'm a wall or his buddy. That is most certainly considered disrespectful. However, he can ask me to scratch him and that's perfectly okay. (He asks by holding his head one of two ways depending on if he wants his head/dish scratched or if he wants the underside of his jaw scratched.
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        01-15-2013, 11:56 AM
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    Foal
    I agree with the 'will not participate if they initiate'. Letting a horse rub his head on you can potentially be EXTREMELY dangerous. Caught bit/bridle/tack on clothing and end up with you very hurt. If a horse gets caught and freaks out...well we all know how that situation can go!!!!!
         
        01-15-2013, 12:59 PM
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    Green Broke
    Hunter used to that but not any more he knows better. I always give his face a good scratch after I take the bridle off and he loves it and then there is no need to scratch on me.
         
        01-15-2013, 01:06 PM
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    Yearling
    I don't like when CLementine tries. I do let her scratch if we're out on the trail or working in the arena sometimes and she starts rubbing on the fence post - it gets a bit distracting, but I know when I have an itch if I wasn't allowed to scratch it it would be torture!

    She's not allowed to rub on me unless I start scratching her first. She loves having behind her ears scratched, occasionally I'll lean up there while we're riding and scratch under the bride if she's being good.
         

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