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Every single time my horse gets his feet done, he sneezes all over the farrier. He has apparently done this his entire life, and I've never seen another horse do that before.

I know horses sneeze, and it could just be a coincidence, but I'd find it very hard to believe that my horse for his entire life, makes it a point to sneeze as soon as the farrier brings his front foot onto the hoof stand and the unsuspecting head is in sneezing range. If I move his head away or put a grazing muzzle on, he doesn't sneeze at all.

What the heck?? Does anyone else's horse do this?
 

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Sounds to me that the horse is objecting to the scents of other animals, dander, dust & dirt that farriers bring from barn to barn.
Your horse could indeed have a allergy or dislike of something like the laundry soap used for clothes cleaning...
Or, your horse could clean the nasal passages because he loves the smell of the farrier and a clean nose is a better sniffing nose...
:shrug:...why not?
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Sounds to me that the horse is objecting to the scents of other animals, dander, dust & dirt that farriers bring from barn to barn.
Your horse could indeed have a allergy or dislike of something like the laundry soap used for clothes cleaning...
Or, your horse could clean the nasal passages because he loves the smell of the farrier and a clean nose is a better sniffing nose...
<img style="max-width:100%;" src="http://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/shrug.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Shrug" class="inlineimg" />...why not?
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I do his feet most of the time and he still sneezes on my head, I hope he's not trying to tell me I smell bad! I help my farrier out with horse shoeing a few days a week, so theoretically I smell of a similar cocktail of burnt feet, sweat and strange horses. He should be used to it.

He always makes this horrible groaning noise before sneezing, and I always think "oh no, please don't sneeze" and he always does as soon as he can line up his shot. Sigh.

I never thought horses were capable of having a sense of humor...
 

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I don't have any advice for you, but this really made me laugh!

Does he sneeze on you when you pick his feet, too?
Nope, picking feet is uneventful. He doesn't even do it when I pull his leg forward for stretches. He only does it if his foot is in a hoof stand, and my head is directly in front of his face.

I can't even replicate it by putting my head right on his nose. All that does is encourage him to lick my hair, which is less gross but still not my idea of a good time.
 

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I think that they do have a sense of humor.

Have you ever noticed when you are bathing a horse with a garden hose, or rinsing them off, they just have a knack for stepping right on it to make the water stop? One of mine does this every single time.
 

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I say it's something he likes to do when he gets his feet done. It's your horses quirky thing he likes to do.
 

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:rofl: @Ratlady!

Yes, horses do have a sense of humour - some more than others - although maybe there's some physical cue to make him sneeze too. The detective game is working out what it is...

Our dog sneezes on my husband every time we drive from the house to the gate in the morning to see him off, if there is direct sunlight. She's in the passenger floor well at my feet and will just go into a sneezing fit. There's less of it when there isn't direct sunlight. If I go "a-choo" at her though, she almost always sneezes in response, in that particular situation, sunlight or not. :) For her, sneezing appears to have some sort of excitement / displacement component, on top of being a reflex that can be triggered by the usual nose happenings, and sunshine...

My husband goes on about dog contagion when she does it. :rofl:
 

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I think that they do have a sense of humor. Have you ever noticed when you are bathing a horse with a garden hose, or rinsing them off, they just have a knack for stepping right on it to make the water stop? One of mine does this every single time.
Exactly that. :icon_rolleyes:
 
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Yes, and to add to that, when I was a kid, a horse quite knowingly stepped on the very front of my boots (not hard, I didn't get squashed) and then, with a gleeful look in his eye, nudged me over so I fell backwards into a thick bed of straw. I swear he was laughing. And I was too. He was the sort of horse you couldn't hold a grudge against - very affectionate, but with some crazy ideas and a very strange sense of humour. He also liked to drink beer if offered, and to eat bites out of my ham sandwiches - ham and all - the only meat-eating horse I have yet encountered...
 

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Sneezing is an involuntary reflex, at least in Humans, but I would suppose in other species as well. This would make it seem unlikely your horse is sneezing on you deliberately to perpetuate a joke. (Altho I'm quite sure an Equine is capable of this sort of low humor.)
One of my wifes cats (disgusting creatures they are) will come and pester me for attention. Usually I will just send her on her way, but if I do pet her, she will inevitably sneeze on me in appreciation. She drools copiously, too :p
 

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Bwahahaha, @george the mule! I had a drooling cat once too. My current dog is of the non-drooling variety, thank goodness.

It seems that sneezing with dogs is a little like yawning with us - a bit contagious. It's funny how often I can set off my dog by looking at her and going "a-choo"! :rofl: I suspect mirror neurons are involved in that kind of stuff - they're important in a lot of social behaviour, in the flight of flocks of birds etc. There's a fascinating book on all that stuff called Smart Swarm: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/303642/the-smart-swarm-by-peter-miller/9781583334287/
 
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