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post #1 of 9 Old 09-28-2009, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Essence of a horse.

So, ever since I saw my first horse close enough I could smell it, I just can't figure out what it is about them. There's just that smell. It doesn't smell bad but its very distinct to horses alone.
Kinda like how you can tell if a pasture has horses in it instead of cows or when you know your near a barn? There's just that smell that makes me close my eyes and think back to when I was a little girl and practically idolizing the women behind my grandparents house. They had horses so of course I had to be their friends!
I used to wake up and run straight to the window every morning just to see if they were there.

It all comes from that smell. What would you call that smell? That feeling you get that makes you feel at home, happy, lighthearted. Maybe its the essence of a horse?
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-28-2009, 11:56 PM
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Ahh, I had that feeling today when I went to the barn. I havent been there in about a week, because I have been pretty sick. I think its an indescribable feeling/smell. I know exactly what you are talking about!

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post #3 of 9 Old 09-29-2009, 03:26 AM
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I love it. Every time I go to my riding lessons, I smell it and get really happy. :)
I really don't understand it when people say horses stink.
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-29-2009, 04:08 AM
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I love it, I can actually pick up the sent of Chinga compared to other horses.

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post #5 of 9 Old 09-29-2009, 05:26 AM
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Yeah, I know what you are talking about. I think it is a combination of the manure, their skin, and the dust that is common to horsey areas. I spent many years with my face buried in a horse's neck during the most trying times in my life and that smell has some kind of anti-depressant in it, I swear!!

And CMB^^ is right, each horse has a distinctive smell. I can tell that all of mine smell just a little bit different. Denny is a little bit of a cleaner and richer smell where Dobe is sweeter smelling and John just smells............. masculine?? LOL.
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-29-2009, 08:40 AM
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Sultan (avatar) smells sweet :)
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-29-2009, 10:28 AM
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For me, it's the combination of horse sweat, leather and hay. To me, it is manna from the gods.
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-29-2009, 11:24 AM
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The first weekend of the school year I came home from college, I went out to the barn. Scout whinnied when he saw it was me opening the door, and when I went over to his stall to pet him he jammed his muzzle up into my face and just started gently (for a horse!) blowing, all over my face and hair, nickering the whole time. That made my week, it really did. Between that cure-all horsey breath, and the fact that after only one summer Scout was apparently so happy to see me after being gone for a week, I was on cloud 9.

YES!! Horses definitely have their own distinctive smells! Scout has a distinct green-hay sort of smell, and his barn-buddy Rio smells almost like a pine tree!

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post #9 of 9 Old 09-29-2009, 11:34 AM
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I love the smell of my ponies. It's not uncommon for me to be seen out in the pasture with them with my face buried in their necks.
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