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post #1 of 9 Old 08-03-2013, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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What does this behavior mean??

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My husband and I have five horses. Three of them are turned out together 24/7. My 9 year old QH mare is the dominant horse of this group. I have owned my mare since she was a long one year old. I have done all her training, she is a great horse. Laid back personality, etc. One of the horses in the turn out group in a five year old I am training and I ride her more than my 9 yr old mare. We have owned the five year old since she was two. She is low man in the pecking order.

I last two times I have returned the five year old to the herd after riding her, my mare has come up to me after I have released the other horse and made the noise that horses make when getting to know a new horse for the first time, that rapid more that a nicker but not a snort where they breath in and out rapidly and noisely. She is not agressive toward me she puts her nose near me and I love on her. But what is up with the greeting she is giving me?

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-03-2013, 06:20 PM
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I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes when I go to switch out brushes and walk back to my horse, he does that sometimes. He has done it a few times in his pasture too.
I think that it might just mean that he is happy to see you or something. I am not entirely sure, but I am curious to hear the other answers as well. :)

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My mare is not a real cuddly type horse. She isn't one of those horses who wants to have you love on her face, etc. Over the years I have seen the "get away from her she is mine" behavior when I'm walking around giving everyone a pat in the morning... mostly she just give the evil mare eye and flips her head a few times and the other two move away.

Many years ago I had an older mare who developed hormone issues and began exhibiting stallion like behavior, so I get a bit paranoid, but I see no other stallion like behavior, just this overt greeting when returning the other mare to the group.
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-03-2013, 06:43 PM
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that's pretty much saying "hey! Where have you been! Why are you not with the rest of the herd!" she is acting as if she is your boss lol
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-03-2013, 07:47 PM
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thats pretty much saying "hey! Where have you been! Why are you not with the rest of the herd!" she is acting as if she is your boss lol
My 19 yr old mare does this when I bring her 3 yr old gelding back to the pen after riding him. And I took it to mean similar to the above quote, "Hey, where have you been, I've been worried about you!"

Sometimes she even does it if I am riding him in the same pen or if he is just in the next pen and never actually went out of sight.

It's the same sound horses make when meeting each other, just without the squeal and foot stomp!
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My mare does this with her filly when I return her to the herd.

I take it as a greeting.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-03-2013, 08:41 PM
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Oh, just what the others said reminded me of my horse's pasture buddy.
Brisco's pasture buddy, Babe, always does this after Brisco has been away from the property for a long time. We will unload him from the trailer and Babe will go all crazy "huh-huh-huh" -ing until he gets in the pasture with her.

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Thanks everyone...I'm reassured that this is not some weird behavior. I've had horses for forty years but it seems no matter how long you have had horses you ALWAYS experience or learn something new.

Thanks again
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-03-2013, 11:46 PM
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It's her way of saying hello and i'm happy to see you as everyone else said.

Being horseless is the pits!!
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