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today i got my ear licked....!!
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ThatVikRinA22 · 02/03/2013 01:35

then my hand, then my ear again.
i was doing up a rug of a very sweet but sometimes grumpy little pony....and he bent down and licked my ear.

is this a sign of affection? or was he looking for polos? Grin (not that i keep them in my ear!)

i thought i was so sweet of him....i had turned him out and then gone and brought him in again at feed time.....i was rugging him up after his dinner.

he is gorgeous, long mane, long hair, very lovable and very pretty. i talk to him all the time.....(i talk to all of them! they must think im a bit mad)

is this acceptance of me being around the yard? im not really up on pony speak....i just waffle at them and ive no idea what they are saying back....

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Booboostoo · 02/03/2013 12:04

I don't want to appear blunt but since no one else has replied yet, to the best of my knowledge horses that lick skin are trying to get to the salt and may well have a mineral deficiency. Easily remedied with a salt lick.

I would be a bit weary of letting a horse lick my ear, horses can easily go from licking to biting, especially something tempting that sticks out like an ear. The horse needn't be aggressive to do this, it could just be trying to groom you back but horses can often misjudge their strength.

The best indicator that a horse has bonded with its handler/rider is the horse's willingness to take its cues from the handler/rider. For example, the horse is in hand, frightened by something behind it but accepts the handler's reassurance that all is well and there is no need to run. Or the horse is unsure about an object but accepts the rider's aid that it is OK to approach the object.

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Floralnomad · 02/03/2013 15:33

I'd also be very wary , my old TB mare was a sneaky biter and on one occasion nearly gave my mum a mastectomy ! Very painful especially towards the end of her life when she had a nasty stable accident and her upper teeth were a bit jagged for a few days .

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Littlebigbum · 02/03/2013 16:56

I'm with you it is very cute

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Pixel · 02/03/2013 17:10

Vicar people look at me a bit funny sometimes because I'm constantly wittering on. They don't realise that I got into the habit because I used to have a blind pony and he needed to know where I was. Half the time I don't realise I'm doing it. I'm not sure what dhorse thinks about it, probably "FGS shut up and give me some peace, you mad woman" Grin.

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ThatVikRinA22 · 02/03/2013 23:09

They all have mineral licks. He did same today.he is very gentle, I think he was just looking for treats. He caught me by surprise. But was not nippy, clearly im showing my ignorance yet again.

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chocolatecakeystuff · 02/03/2013 23:27

Hehehe one of the horses on our yard has a 'licking' habbit... she's stabled next to my big one and has a habbit of licking girlys face after she's finished her dinner hehe

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