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post #1 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Greeting

Has anyone ever heard of blowing in your horse's nostril as a greeting? I was watching a u-tube video of a horse trainer named Wryn. She said this is the way horses greet each other! She did this during the training session. Thought it was interesting!
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 02:02 PM
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Horses also squeal and strike out at each other with their front feet when greeting. Not something I'd think would be very beneficial health-wise for a human.

There's always some crackpot theory out there about what 'horses do' and why we as humans should do it with them. They know we're not horses.

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post #3 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 02:21 PM
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My horses come up to the fence to greet me and yes, this is how we say hello to each other. Never had one try to strike at me (while sharing breath or any other time) as they still know I am not another horse and are well disciplined in ground manners.
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post #4 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 02:22 PM
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Often I blow into my horse's nose and he'll blow back.
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post #5 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 02:24 PM
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I blow in my horses nose, and she calms down...

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post #6 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 02:30 PM
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Doing it with your own horses who have come to expect it are one thing. Doing it in the guise of a 'trainer' is quite another, and someone I wouldn't let near my animals.

Nothing, absolutely NOTHING we do with horses is 'natural' or 'the way horses do it', so why all the insistence on 'doing it the way the horses do'? Honest question.
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post #7 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 02:35 PM
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The horses seem to appreciate it as mine also visibly relax. Relaxation in a 1200 # animal isn't a bad thing, natural or not.
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post #8 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 02:43 PM
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I wouldn't try to do this intentionally, meaning that I would not make an effort to have my face in front of the biting part of a horse I didn't know or have some measure of trusting working relationship with. So it's not something I'd do with a horse I was "meeting," training, going to see for a vet appointment, or to try out as a potential purchase or similar. I wouldn't try it with the vast majority of other boarders' horses.

I do sometimes find it happens with my own horse and a couple others that know me and I know them well, and it's kind of neat. I *trust* these horses not to fling their head and break my face or bite me when they stick that big ol' nose in my face though, and the behavior is always offered in a polite way without otherwise "pushing" or "getting in my space," usually on a quiet part of the day if I visit them and it's not a meal time. I like the smell of horse-breath usually. I keep breathing normally and then usually give 'em a scratch and we go about our day.
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post #9 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 03:07 PM
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Exactly, Sharpie.

I know and trust my horses and have been known to blow in their nostrils, but I'd never attempt to do it to someone else's horses or post it on YouBoob as part of a 'training' video. You simply don't go up to a strange horse and blow in its nostrils. Good way to get your face ripped off.

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post #10 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 04:45 PM
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i don't see the harm in doing this to your own horse. You do run a chance of being bitten or them tossing their heads into your face. My horses in pasture came running to greet me..but stop and slow down on command.
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