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post #1 of 4 Old 09-25-2007, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
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Nasty habits???

Hi dudes and dudettes!

Some of the horses at the stables where I'm riding have a bit of a nasty habit, especially Mowgli who really likes to lick your hands!

Bianco also likes to rub his head against your jacket, but I heard different things about that! Some say it's sometimes good, but others say it's a bad habit, and you should never let a horse do that to you. (a form of begging for sweets!!!!)

Now I have a question for you: are those nasty habits or am I totally wrong?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-25-2007, 06:35 AM
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Licking hands - I wouldn't say that was a bad habit. Some people say your horse/pony is lacking in salt/minerals and thats why they lick. One of mine loves to lick your hands, I see it as a sign of affection as she gives kisses too. Everyone has their own opinion though.

Head rubbing - This I find a little annoying. One of mine does this as soon as I dismount and stand near her head. Not only do I get covered in hair, I almost fall over with the force. Some people could see it as affection, whereas I see it as bad manners. :)
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-25-2007, 09:37 PM
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Yep, I feel that the head rubbing is bad manners too. I am not a post or other object to be used for scratching. It's also considered "rude" among horses---you won't see the lead mare standing for this--and is an exhibition of domininance. You should be the dominant one in your relationship with your horse, so head rubbing shouldn't be allowed. (Note, there is a difference between your horse coming up and butting against you to scratch his head and your horse standing still and not pushing against you while you scratch him.)

As for the licking, so long as teeth aren't involved I don't see a big issue with it. I have a gelding that does it when he's nervous. We can do anything to him so long as he has a hand to lick. It's a social behavior that you will see them practice with their herd mates.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-26-2007, 07:27 PM
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I agree with Ryle, I don't let my horses in my space unless I envite them. Rubbing on you is a sign of disrespect. Mine will occasionally try to rub her mouth on me when I take the bit out. I realize her mouth probably itches but I don't let her get away with it, I just give her an elbow to move away. Sorry never had a horse lick me...cows yes horses no.
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