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post #1 of 13 Old 04-01-2015, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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What does it mean when my horse does this?

What does it mean when Hunter Winny's every time she sees me and when I'm leading her in her field or when I'm out there with her she always quietly nickers to me. What's that mean in horse language? Even when I'm standing and brushing or just spending time with her or leading her she does it. I'm just curious about it is why I'm asking.
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-01-2015, 12:39 AM
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that's so cute! do you hand feed her treats? if so, she may be asking , "where's my treat?"
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She's happy to see you. :) Sometimes Roman will neigh or nicker at me.
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I don't give her treats very often and that's cool to know. So does that mean she likes me?
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Horses don't like people in the way you usually think of the word.

Your horse apparently feels safe with you, recognizes you as the leader so she doesn't have to assume that often stressful role. She prefers that you you're there rather than not.

That's a pretty reasonable definition of "like".
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Horses don't like people in the way you usually think of the word.

Your horse apparently feels safe with you, recognizes you as the leader so she doesn't have to assume that often stressful role. She prefers that you you're there rather than not.

That's a pretty reasonable definition of "like".
This is a very good explanation. I take care of two older geldings that "talk" to me all the time. They are also two that I could bring in from their paddocks without a halter and lead rope so we do have a good understanding. Sometimes all they are saying is "Hey, I've finished my grain and can go back out now", but it is still communication and if they were not comfortable ("didn't like") me, they wouldn't do it.
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It's her way of talking to you! My horse nickers when she sees me coming with breakfast in the morning, when she's enjoying being groomed, sometimes at night to let me know where she is...I'd say it definitely means she's enjoying your company. Have fun! :)
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post #8 of 13 Old 04-02-2015, 06:20 PM
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My horse only recently started to do this with me after 15 months together. I take it as a sign she's happy to see me, whether it's because I'm the snack machine or she just likes my company, I'll probably never know. :)

At the school barn where I ride, there's one horse who does this to one guy, the one who is in charge of the lessons. He never treats the horses and only rarely feeds them. For this horse, I believe it's a sign of respect.
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-03-2015, 10:33 PM
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ahhh, that's cute.

"I like you" in horse language I think :)
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-03-2015, 10:56 PM
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Well, my colt, Maverick, neighs whenever he sees my PawPaw, and sometimes me. I think it's his way of saying, "Hey, it's you! How are you? Do you have food? I love you!"
Also, before we got two more horses to keep him occupied, my horse, Pistol, would come up to the gate now and then during the day for a handout, which he was often given. Sometimes when he'd come up, he'd neigh low and soft at me, like, "Hey, Lily. Do you have food? It's nice to see you."
So I think they neigh when they're trying to say hello, perhaps, or maybe they're saying, "Hey buddy! I missed you!"
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