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post #1 of 7 Old 11-22-2018, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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My 4 year old miniature horse licks me uncontrollably. For the first few months I thought it was cute and that she was just “kissing” me but it’s been almost a year and a half now and she’s done it since the day I got her. I’m beginning to think it’s a vitamin/mineral deficiency. She has a salt lick and uses it so I don’t think it’s salt. Ive been researching a few different supplements but I’m not really sure what to be looking for because I’m unsure of what causes it. She will lick hands,legs,shoes,clothes,your back, anything she can get! Any suggestions or similar cases?
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-22-2018, 09:24 PM
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Just because she has free access to salt and licks it does not mean that her requirements are being met. I would try an electrolyte for a while and see if that makes any difference.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-22-2018, 11:55 PM
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I would have a vet do some blood work to check for any imbalances.

Its very unusual for a 4 yr old to act that way. My first thought is some sort of nerve disorder, where the licking is a repetitive "tic" type behavior.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-23-2018, 04:33 PM
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My dog does that too, as the kids allow her to... wonder if it's a nutritional deficiency...

But seriously, it could well be behavioural, because you allowed/encouraged it to begin with. Do you now try to punish her for it but she keep it up? Is it a compulsive sort of licking, or...? I have one pony who just likes to lick skin, whenever he's able... the kids allow it. ...& TBH he & my big fella like to lift my t-shirt & lick my back when I'm trimming them on a hot day... because when you're hot & sweaty & their rough muzzles scratch your back for you...
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Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-24-2018, 01:42 AM
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@loosie ^^ that made me laugh
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-20-2018, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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I was never allowing her to do it, her old owner did however when I got her I never allowed it. I punish her by giving her a light hit on the nose. Just enough to let her know that was not ok but not hard enough to hurt her.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-20-2018, 03:10 PM
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It could well be like you or I chewing on a pencil when we're holding one. That doesn't mean we have wood or carbon deficiency in our diet... :)

There is a young Friesian at our farm who likes to try to eat my hand every time I offer it to him to sniff. It's a game: he uses his lips to try to maneuver my entire hand into his mouth, I hold my hand flat and vertical so he doesn't succeed. It seems to amuse him, and occasionally he licks it, too.
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