Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
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.