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How do you interpret nickering?

I know it's like a greeting when you walk in the barn and is friendly...but can it mean bad? I'm new to trying to figure out horse communication. Today I was rubbing my horses neck and he let out a big sigh, so I thought I'd expirament and let out a sigh and that repeated a couple times and then he let out a soft nicker and then started mouthing on my leg a bit. Well, I didn't like that so I gave him a flick on the nose to knock it off and then laid off rubbing hiss neck for a bit and backed away. Like 20 minutes later he lets out another low nicker and then (like I've said before in a past post) took his head and threw it over shoulder and started pulling me in towards his chest. Flick on the nose again and he stops and I quit rubbing him. 10 minutes later another low nicker and starts mouthing my leg, flick on the nose and then backed away and stood there for about 5 minutes and I left the barn. I just cannot figure out if he's irritated with me or like me rubbing his. He acts relaxed and happy when I do.

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