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post #1 of 15 Old 10-24-2009, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Horse Licked me?!

So my new horse has started licking me! I've had this happen before with an old nieghbor's horse and didn't think anything big of it, I was only 13. But Now with my new horse I was out with him the other day and went to pat his muzzle and was rubbing it and talking to him and he startyed licking me like... alot! What does it mean? Does he have need vitmamins? Is he thirsty? Or is it like a dog and he is saying he is happy to see me?

I thought it was a one time thing but he did it agian today and even licked my cheek! I'm hoping it's cuz he likes me Anyone know?
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-24-2009, 12:51 PM
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I don't know but my horse does it too lol
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-24-2009, 12:54 PM
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It can be for a number of reasons, but salt is usually the major one. Does he have a salt lick? If the licking is excessive, I'd say he's lacking in salt.

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post #4 of 15 Old 10-24-2009, 01:10 PM
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Yup my dad had a customer who owner a big bay horse an when my dad would be working outside an sweating the horse would lick him trying to get the salt in his sweat...I would recomend buying a slat lick....

But if you get a salt lick an he keeps it up its prob because he likes you lol My horse does it on occasion if we are just having a relaxing day together an he feels affectionate lol

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post #5 of 15 Old 10-24-2009, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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yeah i have an apple flavored salt lick in the run in shed and one outside in the pasture by his round bale, he uses both as well as my other horses too
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post #6 of 15 Old 10-24-2009, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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coarse he could be apologising for kicking me in the hip on Monday too hahaha
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-24-2009, 03:33 PM
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Usually it's just them being goofy- there are some big time lickers in our barn! (You know they aren't after salt when they will lick your jacket, lol)
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-24-2009, 05:28 PM
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I'd say make sure he has a salt block at all times. Make sure his diet is balanced as far as minerals go and that he has free choice hay. Other than that, it's just him :) This is more of an extroverted horse trait, one whos mind is busy busy busy! My first horse did it all the time (he passed away beginning of this year) and my horse now does it a lot.
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post #9 of 15 Old 10-24-2009, 09:55 PM
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He's probably seeing if you taste good enough to bite. I wouldn't let it go on.

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post #10 of 15 Old 10-24-2009, 09:56 PM
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my horse used to lick me all the time, he had plenty of salt, but it was his way of showing effection, haha he would lick my hands and ocat for EVER. :P

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