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post #11 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 03:58 PM
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Agree with Sharpie/Speed racer. My face doesn't go near a strange horse's unless I get to know that horse fairly well.

Bout the only thing 'horse like' that I'll do to them is kick/bite. Mostly that's because they tend to be bad when I'm hauling equipment around and have my hands full (and as my parents will attest, I've always been a biter). However, I'd never be seen on youtube telling people that those were a cure all for training horses. I'd much rather have my training quirks in the privacy of my own barn thanks.
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post #12 of 15 Old 03-03-2015, 05:41 PM
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Do it all the time. Once I have invited my horse into my personal space, he will place his head next to mine and smell my breath, sometimes for quite some time. Typically he is slightly behind and to the side of me and rests his head on my shoulder. I'll also blow into his nostrils as well and its a bit of a game which my guy actually initiates. I'll chew a couple wintergreen tic tacs and he like that.

As others have said, this is MY horse or my wifes horse only and then only after I assess their mood.
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post #13 of 15 Old 03-04-2015, 01:02 AM
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Oh, I've done it a couple of times to my horse. She doesn't seem to be bothered by it and will sometimes blow back.

However, I would never advise blowing into the nostrils of a strange horse. There are other, much safer ways to introduce yourself than getting right up in their face.
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post #14 of 15 Old 03-04-2015, 01:22 AM
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I do not blow into their nose, I blow into my cupped hand and let them smell that. I have always done it, and was taught to do it by my father.

It lets horse get a feel of you, the scent of you and is a good thing.

I've been around many that do this too, but less that actually blow into nose.

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post #15 of 15 Old 03-05-2015, 07:59 PM
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I do this all the time! My horse visibly calms at this, and it is a way for your horse to remember your scent. Horses do this as a greeting and a way of bonding naturally so its fine to do it back to them. Just make sure its a horse you know wont bite you and usually I let my horse initiate this action. He has a very in your pocket personality so when he blows air in my face in a greeting I do it right back and he calms visibly.
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