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Old 07-10-2012, 01:10 AM
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Do your horses hug you?

This sounds weird, and I'm wondering because I know zero about horses except that they're scary.

My uncle had a really rad old appaloosa who would hug me. That horse rocked and was the only non-scary horse I've spent time with. He would gallop across the pasture when he saw me and give me a great big hug by putting his head over my shoulder and tucking his chin down.

I thought he was the only horse who did that, but my friend went to visit her horse today and he greeted her in the same manner.

Is this a normal horse thing that horses do when they greet someone they like? Do they greet other horses they like in that way? Or do only super cool horses do it (my friend's horse is named Strider so he's cool by default )
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:14 AM
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My friends horse is an appy cross and she will hug her
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:23 AM
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Not a horse person at ALL, but Thunder, the Paint, comes out to meet me and does it <3

Ashley, the Arabian, does NOT. Nor would I trust her if she tried.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:34 AM
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My friends horse is an appy cross and she will hug her
I wonder if she's related to Rocky. Apparently he was a foundation stud in his younger days and used really extensively (which is awesome because he was the best horse EVAR).

And interesting about the other hugger being a paint, because Strider is also a paint.

Arabian horses are psycho and terrify me. My uncle's other horse was a really fancy arab gelding and was very sweet, BUT you had to announce that you were coming into the barn before he saw you or he'd get really startled and flail around all dangerous-like. Not a fan of that.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:49 AM
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My old TB mare was a hugger.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:30 AM
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One of our girls, Malibu does. She's affectionate like a dog, if your out in the paddocks at all she is right beside/behind you. If you squat down she licks you all over the back and neck and if your doing any of the horses feet she sneaks up to play with your shirt with her lips.

Lucy is above hugs, you want to hug a horse then you can hug her but she doesn't respond to silly little people.

When I was volunteering for Riding Disabled I was assigned to the same horse nearly every week. His name was Indi, he was a super fugly Apaloosa, headshy after an accident were someone tied him to a fence by his reins, he spooked so hard he took the fence down and took a lot of work to get back into a bridle. Most people didn't like him because he had the habit of trying to nip his leader when being ridden.
And he was my absolute favourite horse there after spending a bit of time with him, when waiting in the arena for the kids he was super cuddly, would stand behind you with his head wrapped around your shoulder loving his pats. Once a kid was on him with a helper walking along each side I soon worked out he just wanted his space, so instead of holding him close to avoid getting bitten I gave him a bit more room and he never had a go at me again. I think about him all the time again these days.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:25 AM
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I've known a few horses who did it; mostly I think it had been reinforced because it was cute. It's like Tristan licking my face - it isn't a horse sign of "affection", but he did it once and got a cookie, so it turned into a trick essentially.

Tristan doesn't get to put his head over my shoulder, because he's always itchy under his jaw, and will thwack you with it. Horse jaw on your neck > karate chop.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:20 AM
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My Doug does. A coworker came over that was not a horse person at all and she'd been going through a tough time and Doug walks up and I swear he was a therapy horse in another life, wraps his head around her shoulder and I turn around and she's hugging him to. She asks if he does this to everyone and I said only people he likes. But it's not just everyone that comes to the pasture- its like he can tell your feeling down and that's who he will go up to. He is supposedly a paint but he is grade and no spots so who knows( well one but its not really a spot if that makes sense).

My appy is a sweetie but no hugs from him.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:15 AM
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Kerri's Senn wraps her head around you. My Pan does it some of the time, but Senn is super duper affectionate about everyone.
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