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post #1 of 18 Old 06-01-2017, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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what's an "ugly face"?

Apparently my lesson horse (a mare) kept making ugly faces and suddenly trotting faster at this other mare every time we came around the pen closer to her LOL. I couldn't see my horse's face, because I am riding, so I'm wondering if anyone can post examples of an "ugly face" for horses? Or maybe a description. I'm really curious haha.

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Man, I don't have any pictures of that 'face' because when I see it, AND the trotting forward, I get the heck out of the way. With my bunch of freeloaders, it means someone is about to get a beat down. :P
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post #3 of 18 Old 06-01-2017, 08:38 PM
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LOL! Thank you for the examples

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Very good pictures from @ApuetsoT , that is what I would call "Mare face". Mostly because I tend to see Mares doing it the most.

Today I was petting my younger Mare in a large pasture where she is turned out with other Mares. She did this exact thing to a younger Filly and chased her off before biting her butt. As soon as that Filly moved about 8 feet the fight was over and they both resumed eating grass.

Things like that are still mysterious to me. Horses have a whole other set of rules.
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One of my former lesson horses was a draft mix mare. I never had a problem with her and when I showed up early for my lesson, she did tend to hang out with me for a while.

After the lesson, when I turned her out to her pasture, she'd chase away her pasture buddy from the hay. He moved to an adjacent pile of hay, causing her to chase him away from that, too. Nothing overly aggressive, just moving in with pinned ears and bitch face.

It was pretty much gratuitous ****iness on her part. After that little ritual, everything tended to settle down. Tough day at the office, I guess.
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The bottom line, yes mares can make ugly faces,which usually occurs with when they are not in heat,thus protective of their personnel space
In the wild, it told other horses, including studs, 'not interested
Therefore, I don't give a rat's'a.s', what faces that mare makes out in the pasture, but when you are showing amare, not allowed.
You don't get bonus points, if that mare pins her ears, when another horse comes up on her
Many people that show mares, put them on hormone suppressing drugs, so they neither act like a hussy, when in heat, nor go out of their way showing, 'not interested, when not in heat realize mares are under the influence of hormones, part of the year and month, unlike a gelding, and that the mare face is part of how they evolved in the wild, to show when they were ready to breed, and when not.
All that does not matter, beyond understanding why, and then to teach that mare, when handled or ridden, she cannot use those natural expressions.
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Great pictures @ApuetsoT !

My mare making an ugly face at the horse standing across the driveway from her out of the frame of the picture:


There used to be a very humorous "Mare Glare" thread on Horse Forum. ETA: I think it was this thread, some really funny shots in there: https://www.horseforum.com/horse-pict...-glare-474410/
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My mare is a queen bee in the pasture but woe betide her if she makes any of those faces when I am around. Not allowed. She only has done it once, and frankly that gelding totally deserved it. She still didn't get a pass though.

The reason is that if she is making get-away-or-die faces at another horse, that horse might hurt you, its rider, or itself, scrambling to get away, or maybe worse, might take offense and retaliate. Not something you want to be in the middle of. Horses play by our rules when we're around them.
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