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post #1 of 5 Old 11-13-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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what r horses thinking ????

My 6 year old mare is a rescue horse I have had her since April 2012. When I first started going to the horse rescue to get to know her, we could not touch her. Now every time I go out to feed her and train her she wants to lick on me.lol My hands, arms, shirt , shoes.... WHY? We can not figure out why but its really funny.
I have a salt block out for her and Blue. But Miss Scarlet still does this all the time.
Maybe I just taste better...
If anybody knows why she does this please let me know...
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-13-2012, 03:09 PM
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Honestly, I would not allow a horse to lick me. She is being mouthy, and this can progress to biting and a lack of respect. I would discourage her from doing so and start working on getting her thinking with ground work. Any uninvited invasion of your space can and most likely will result in her overpowering you and having no respect for you.
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I have three ideas. 1 you are salty. 2. She is being mouthy. 3 an extreme form of submission. I tend to fall more for 2 because that would make more sense. Horses don't usually use licking of the mouth or body to signify submission like dogs to. I would also wonder what this mares weaning/growing up was like. It could be a carry over habit from a possibly orphaned foal.

Regardless of its reason I think it should stop. The tongue is close to the teeth and that's a world of pain. If its mouthy it could escalate and if its extreme submission than that's not great either. Find a way to direct the behavior into something more appropriate.
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A long time friend of mine had a 13 yr old buckskin quarter horse that had a thing for licking people too. She had him for 7 years (just sold him) but he was boarded at our barn long before she purchased him. He's always licked, and it never amounted to anything more than that. Never really understood why but it might not be bc she is mouthy.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-14-2012, 02:29 AM
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My horse licks, and while I would correct it immediately if he didn't have IMPECCABLE ground manners and respect, but he does.
Any other horse? No-go. I've had other horses who went to lick and I didn't trust them one bit, but Jackson it's a fine 'whatever' thing, he only does it if I put my hand down on his nose so he isn't reaching out to do it.
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