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post #1 of 14 Old 09-28-2013, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Pressing Muzzle Against Me?

Simple question. Yesterday after I finishing working my horse, I rinsed her off and turned her out in the round pen to see if she wanted to roll. I sat in a lawn chair in the middle. She came over and stood beside me, cocked her leg, and leaned her muzzle against my shoulder. Not hard, just a few ounces of pressure; no lips or biting. I wasn't sure what this behavior meant, so I permitted it. She stood there with her muzzle on her for around five minutes.

Should I not allow her to do this? What does it mean?
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-28-2013, 12:18 PM
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Although she was quite in your space it sounds like a sweet gesture (almost like join up) to me...IF there was no lips and teeth action going on, then it wouldn't be good.

Others may have different opinions but it seems like she just wanted to relax with you and enjoy your company.
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-28-2013, 12:27 PM
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One of my mares regularly comes up to me and rests her muzzle on my neck, simply standing with me. There's never any lips or teeth. My opinion is that she truly enjoys the gentle intimacy with her human. Sounds like your horse did the same thing.
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post #4 of 14 Old 09-28-2013, 12:32 PM
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I have a made that does this as well. She has never, not even once, nipped/lipped/bit me. Or even tried for that matter. She's just a sweetie.
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-28-2013, 12:39 PM
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It gives every appearance of being a gesture of companionship rather than show of dominance so enjoy it. Just to be safe, though, stay on the watch for the introduction of lip movement as you may then have to reconsider matters.
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-28-2013, 01:25 PM
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To her, your shoulders are your withers. If you want to make the proper response, place your hand on and/or just behind her withers and either rest it there or rub her slowly and gently...
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-28-2013, 03:28 PM
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Dare I wish for no "Disrespect!" screamers to ruin this beautiful thread? ;)

To stand with you as she did, for 5 whole minutes, is a HUGE compliment to you!
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My mft has recently been fighting the bit a lot. It took 2 of us to get the bridle on the other day. His teeth have been floated and once its on, he rides fine. Any ideas? I'm riding him with a 6" shank, that his previous owner recommended to me.
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-28-2013, 04:17 PM
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My mft has recently been fighting the bit a lot. It took 2 of us to get the bridle on the other day. His teeth have been floated and once its on, he rides fine. Any ideas? I'm riding him with a 6" shank, that his previous owner recommended to me.
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